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Democrats fear climate impact of only passing bipartisan bill

Source: By Adam Aton, E&E News • Posted: Wednesday, September 22nd, 2021

President Biden this summer trumpeted his bipartisan infrastructure deal as a “historic” win for the climate. But the arrival of autumn finds Democrats in danger of a historic failure. The bipartisan infrastructure bill, which prescribes $550 billion in new spending, is in danger. So is a larger $3.5 trillion reconciliation package that contains a much more ambitious approach to climate change

Reconciliation timing slips as Democrats continue to feud

Source: By Nick Sobczyk, Emma Dumain, Geof Koss, E&E News • Posted: Wednesday, September 22nd, 2021

Reconciliation talks are likely to slip into October amid ongoing policy disputes and a brewing fight in the House between moderates and progressives. That leaves President Biden’s agenda in an uncertain position, with less than a week to go before a scheduled House vote Sept. 27 on the bipartisan infrastructure bill.

Wind farm draws fire for interfering with WWII incarceration site

Source: By Rob Hotakainen, E&E News • Posted: Wednesday, September 22nd, 2021

The Lava Ridge Wind Energy Project would be the largest wind farm in all of Idaho, bringing as many as 400 new turbines to Magic Valley. But there’s one big obstacle: Opponents fear the project in the southern part of the state would interfere with the integrity of the nearby Minidoka National Historic Site, which honors 13,000 Japanese Americans who were incarcerated there during the 1940s.

Toyota boss says carbon is the enemy, not the internal combustion engine

Source: By Ronan Glon, Autoblog • Posted: Wednesday, September 22nd, 2021

“Carbon is our enemy, not the internal combustion engine,” he said during a Japan Automobile Manufacturer’s Association (JAMA) press conference. He’s the group’s chairman. He pointed out Japan’s car industry has cut its CO2 emissions by 23% over the past 20 years, largely with hybrid technology like the system Toyota pioneered before a vast majority of its domestic and international rivals. In his view, the industry needs to “leverage the technological advantages that we have built up and take immediate steps to maximize CO2 reductions using the electrified vehicles we have now,” a strategy which would free up resources to develop solutions for other carbon-emitting industries.

Inclusion of Tax Credits for Renewable Energy, Electric Vehicles in Democrats’ Budget Plan Has Support of 3 in 5 Voters

Source: BY LISA MARTINE JENKINS, Morning Consult • Posted: Wednesday, September 22nd, 2021

In light of the wrangling over the precise parameters of the $3.5 trillion budget plan making its way through Congress, a new survey found that 61 percent of the electorate would support the inclusion of renewable energy tax credits, including those for electric vehicle purchases. That figure includes 30 percent who “strongly” back the tax credits and 31 percent who “somewhat” support their inclusion. Meanwhile, 15 percent of registered voters somewhat oppose the potential provisions and 12 percent strongly oppose them. 

Electric vehicles may cut global refining capacity demand by half in 2050 – Rystad

Source: By Florence Tan, Reuters • Posted: Wednesday, September 22nd, 2021

A global drive towards electrification of road transport to reduce carbon emissions may cut demand for the world’s oil refining capacity by half in 2050, consultancy Rystad Energy says. “Going forward we will be touching by 2050 somewhere very close to 90% of electrification,” Mukesh Sahdev, senior vice president and head of downstream at Rystad Energy said, adding that this scenario would probably lead to a 50% decline in global refining capacity.

Michigan plans 1st U.S. charging road for electric vehicles

Source: By Associated Press • Posted: Wednesday, September 22nd, 2021

Plans are underway for Michigan to construct a first in the nation segment of road that will charge electric vehicles while they’re driving, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Tuesday at the Motor Bella auto show in Pontiac. Michigan’s Department of Transportation and the Office of Future Mobility and Electrification are partnering to make a one-mile stretch of state roadway in Wayne, Oakland or Macomb counties to allow public transportation and private vehicles to charge while traveling as a part of the Inductive Vehicle Charging Pilot, according to a news release.

California is sued over its rule on solar power installers.

Source: By Ivan Penn, New York Times • Posted: Wednesday, September 22nd, 2021

Fearing that growth in California’s solar power sector could grind to a halt, the association representing the industry has sued the state over new restrictions on who can install batteries on solar units. In the lawsuit, which was filed on Friday, the California Solar and Storage Association asked the Superior Court of California in San Francisco to overturn the rule changes and allow the current training standards to remain in place for those who install increasingly popular solar panels and battery systems.

Washington’s Attack On Oil And Gas May Backfire

Source: By Irina Slav, Oilprice.com • Posted: Tuesday, September 21st, 2021

That the Biden administration and the Democratic-majority Congress have set their sights on the oil and gas industry as the ultimate culprit behind a changing climate was clear even before last year’s elections. Now, it seems, Washington is doubling down on its promise to crack down on oil and gas in any way possible. But the move may backfire badly. Last week, the House Oversight Committee wrote to the executives of the biggest oil companies operating in the United States along with the American Petroleum Institute and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to inform them that it is now investigating these companies for disinformation on climate change. The letter also called on the executives to appear in Congress next month to testify on the issue.

Electric vehicles divide opinion as car-loving Germany goes to polls

Source: By Philip Oltermann, The Guardian • Posted: Tuesday, September 21st, 2021

As the country heads to the polls on 26 September, all main parties on the ballot apart from the far-right Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) say they are committed to Germany reaching net zero within the next 14 to 29 years, and to curbing combustion engine emissions accordingly. The promise – and some say fiction – that these parties offer to voters is that such a historic change can be achieved without risking the world-leading status of Germany’s automobile industry. “Our great challenge is that we remain a car nation that is successful at making electric vehicles instead,” Olaf Scholz, the frontrunner in the race, said in a recent interview.