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GOP, eyeing Hill takeover, mulls energy and climate agenda

Source: By Nick Sobczyk, E&E News • Posted: Sunday, January 23rd, 2022

It may seem early, but Republicans are already plotting out a climate and energy agenda should they win control of Capitol Hill come 2023. But whether a Republican-controlled Congress would work with President Biden on those issues is another matter altogether. Many Republicans have changed their rhetoric in recent years. There’s a growing acknowledgment within the party that greenhouse gases are warming the planet and that outright climate change denial could hurt them at the ballot box.

It’s Manchin’s climate bill now. Here’s what might be in it

Source: By Scott Waldman, Benjamin Storrow, E&E News • Posted: Sunday, January 23rd, 2022

Manchin said earlier this month that it would be easier to pass the $500 billion in climate provisions tucked into the “Build Back Better” plan as a stand-alone bill, and Biden said Wednesday that he is now prepared to do that. Biden recognizes that his only choice is to get as much policy done through the budget reconciliation process as possible, since that doesn’t require any Republican votes, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said yesterday.

Tesla looks to northern Minn. for nickel

Source: By Jael Holzman, E&E News • Posted: Sunday, January 23rd, 2022

Tesla Inc. is planning to get some of the nickel the company needs for its electric vehicles from northern Minnesota, a region where mining is hotly contested by environmental groups. The automaker last week committed to buy at least 165 million pounds of nickel concentrate over six years from the Tamarack nickel project, a proposed mine in Aitkin County, Minn., west of Duluth. Tamarack is a joint venture between junior miner Talon Metals Corp. and Australian mining giant Rio Tinto PLC.

Supply chain issues likely slowed 2021 solar development in Southeast US, may persist

Source: By Mark Watson, S&P Global • Posted: Sunday, January 23rd, 2022

Solar developers added almost 2.9 GW of capacity in Southeast US in 2021, a 20% increase to the region’s cumulative total but below 2020’s near-4-GW addition. Pandemic-related supply chain issues may have contributed to the slowdown and may affect further growth in 2022. “Supply chain issues are dominating,” said Aneesh Prabhu, S&P Global Ratings power sector analyst.

FERC meeting: Gas fights, EJ shifts and a ‘legal weapon’

Source: By Miranda Willson, Christian Vasquez, E&E News • Posted: Sunday, January 23rd, 2022

In a sign of FERC’s shifting views on environmental justice with a new Democratic majority, three of the commission’s five members voiced concerns over the Weymouth Compressor Station’s location in a densely populated area near historically disadvantaged communities and already home to multiple polluting industrial facilities. Still, the commission stopped short of taking further action against the facility because it lacked the legal right to do so, FERC Chair Richard Glick said.

The Senate solar split

Source: BY MATTHEW CHOI AND JOSH SIEGEL, Politico • Posted: Sunday, January 23rd, 2022

 The Biden administration has until Feb. 6 to decide whether to extend Section 201 tariffs on imported solar panels, and the matter is splitting the Senate into bipartisan factions fiercely pushing in both directions. The matter gets at a conflict between two of the administration’s key priorities: The build out of renewable energy and the protection of the U.S. manufacturing sector and its jobs.

Bipartisan senators urge Biden to end solar tariffs

Source: By David Iaconangelo, E&E News • Posted: Sunday, January 23rd, 2022

A group of eight bipartisan senators sent a letter  to President Biden urging him not to extend the Trump administration’s tariffs on solar panel imports, ahead of a high-stakes decision for clean energy. The letter, which has not been previously reported, argues that Trump’s 2018 tariffs would stymie the growth of solar power and clean jobs and add “unnecessary costs” for electricity consumers.

Biden resets BBB: ‘I think we can break the package up’

Source: By Nick Sobczyk, E&E News • Posted: Thursday, January 20th, 2022

President Biden said yesterday he would support breaking up or paring down the “Build Back Better Act,” pointing specifically to the $555 billion in climate spending as a key area of agreement.
“I think we can break the package up, get as much as we can now and come back and fight for the rest later,” Biden said yesterday during a news conference marking nearly one year in office.

Biden supports removing climate provisions from stalled BBB

Source: By Scott Waldman, E&E News • Posted: Thursday, January 20th, 2022

President Biden said yesterday that he’s willing to split up his “Build Back Better” bill to give the stalled measure a chance of passage. And he signaled there was strong support on Capitol Hill for its climate-related provisions. “We’re going to have to probably break it up,” Biden said during a White House press conference. “I’ve been talking to my colleagues on the Hill; it’s clear that we would be able to get support for the 500-plus billion dollars for energy and the environment.”

New Va. AG pulls out of Supreme Court climate case

Source: By Lesley Clark, E&E News • Posted: Thursday, January 20th, 2022

Virginia has dropped out of a coalition of states urging the Supreme Court to find that EPA has broad authority to regulate power plant emissions. Attorney General Jason Miyares (R), who took office over the weekend after Republicans swept the state in November, tweeted last night that he was “proud to announce Virginia is no longer participating in West Virginia v EPA.” The tweet signaled Miyares’ rejection of his predecessor’s challenge to a lawsuit launched by coal companies and Republican-led states asking the high court to curb EPA’s authority. The Supreme Court last fall made the extraordinary move to take up the case, which focuses on a regulation that does not currently exist.