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October 16, 2019

Top Story

How Will Climate Change Alter Agriculture? Winemakers Are Finding Out

By Eric Asimov, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2019-10-15 17:26:24

Around the wine-growing world, smart producers have contemplated and experimented with adaptations, not only to hotter summers, but also to warmer winters, droughts and the sort of unexpected, sometimes violent events that stem from climate change: freak hailstorms, spring frosts, flooding and forest fires, just to name a few. Farmers have been on the front line, and grape growers especially have been noting profound changes in weather patterns since the 1990s. In the short term, some of these changes have actually benefited certain regions.
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Car Rule

Here’s the most overlooked part of the car rule rollback

By Maxine Joselow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-10-15 17:24:43

“Off-cycle credits are really important,” said one auto industry source. “What we’re really talking about here are technologies that really do reduce CO2 and improve fuel economy.” That person added, “If the administration gets rid of the off-cycle credits, manufacturers are gonna have a significant hill to climb.”
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EVs

Lithium will fuel the clean energy boom. This company may have a breakthrough

By SAMMY ROTH, Los Angeles Times  •    •  Posted 2019-10-15 17:23:53

Gaze across the Salton Sea, a sparkling oasis in the California desert, and you’ll see white plumes of steam rising against the hazy Chocolate Mountains. The steam comes from 11 geothermal power plants, nestled between the accidental lake and the verdant farm fields of the Imperial Valley. The area has been churning out climate-friendly geothermal energy since the 1980s, long before solar panels and wind turbines became cheap and abundant. The geothermal plants could soon contribute to California’s war against climate change in a new way: by producing lithium, a key ingredient in batteries that power electric cars and store solar power for use after dark.

Companies have tried for decades to extract lithium from the super-heated underground fluid used for energy generation at the southern end of the Salton Sea, home to one of the world’s most powerful natural geothermal hot spots. Just a few years ago, a technology startup called Simbol Materials went bust shortly after Elon Musk’s Tesla Inc. offered to buy it for $325 million. [ read more … ]

Time breathes new life into EV charging technology

By Peter Behr, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-10-15 17:24:19

Kent Harmon was a young electrical engineer in 1991 when he went to work on the experimental Ford Ecostar, an electric van that had a brief life before battery problems shelved it. That started a series of career swerves as the electric vehicle technologies that Harmon and his colleagues specialized in were bought by one company after another, only to be sold off when EVs failed to catch hold. Harmon went on to work for Ford Motor Co., Ballard Power Systems Inc., and Germany’s Siemens AG and Continental AG. He and his engineering team migrated with their technology. [ read more … ]

Startup aims to make EV charging less weird

By Peter Behr, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-10-15 17:25:22

Sometime soon, bikers around the United States will be sharing the road with a Harley-Davidson LiveWire motorcycle running on electrons, not gasoline. Call it rolling volts, not rolling thunder. Some of the battery power will be coming from a new line of high-voltage chargers developed by a startup technology developer called Kerbspace, based in Bozeman. [ read more … ]

Primary 2020

Oil faces existential risk from Democratic president. Right?

By Mark K. Matthews and Timothy Cama, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2019-10-15 17:25:53

en. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said he would consider pursuing criminal charges against fossil fuel executives. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has accused the oil and gas industry of corruption. And former Vice President Joe Biden has pledged to “take action” against energy companies. Without question, the 2020 Democratic presidential field is the most anti-fossil fuel in history. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

Senate Democrats prep Clean Power Plan vote

By Nick Sobczyk, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2019-10-15 17:26:43

Senate Democrats plan to force a vote this week on the Trump administration’s Clean Power Plan replacement, a potential messaging spectacle that’s already drawing scorn from Republicans. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said late last week he plans to call up a vote to repeal the replacement power plant greenhouse gas regulation, known as the Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule, under the little-used Congressional Review Act. [ read more … ]

IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY: 5 energy and environment questions

By George Cahlink and Geof Koss, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2019-10-15 17:26:59

A widening House impeachment inquiry that already has ensnared Energy Secretary Rick Perry could have a major impact on Capitol Hill legislating this fall and may force some tough decisions for leading energy and environmental lawmakers in coming weeks. Here are some questions to consider about the ongoing investigation of whether President Trump held up aid to Ukraine to try to force the central European nation to launch a corruption probe aimed at former Vice President Joe Biden. [ read more … ]

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