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August 9, 2020

Top Story

Virus refuses to slow in heat and scientists don’t know why

By Nathanial Gronewold, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-08-09 15:31:44

Health professionals, virologists and meteorologists said this week that more research is needed before they can determine how future climate conditions could influence the path of future COVID-19 outbreaks. But the scientists said they’ve unearthed a few clues. “We need to clearly understand the relationship between climate change, air pollution and COVID-19,” said Li Tiantian, a scientist at China’s National Institute of Environmental Health. “The relationship is still unclear, and more study is needed.” [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

Trump announces tariffs as he attacks TVA, bulbs and Biden

By Lesley Clark, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-08-09 15:35:03

The Solar Energy Industries Association, said the tariffs “are likely to increase prices for aluminum products used in the solar industry, which is not good given our current COVID-related challenges.” But he added that although a “handful” of companies may be particularly affected, the association did not expect a significant effect across the industry. [ read more … ]

Carbon Capture

Problems plagued U.S. CO2 capture project before shutdown: DOE document

By Nichola Groom, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2020-08-09 15:28:37

A $1 billion project to harness carbon dioxide emissions from a Texas coal plant suffered chronic mechanical problems and routinely missed its targets before it was shut down this year, according to a U.S. Department of Energy report. The Petra Nova plant’s performance was seen as a major test of emerging efforts to capture planet-warming gases and store them below ground, a technology considered crucial to companies and governments hoping to fight climate change.
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Congress

Harris, Ocasio-Cortez introduce climate equity bill

By Nick Sobczyk, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-08-09 15:29:48

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) yesterday floated legislation to overhaul how the federal government tackles environmental justice. The bicameral “Climate Equity Act” would establish an Office of Climate and Environmental Justice Accountability at the White House to offer environmental justice perspectives on federal rulemakings. The measure would also require all relevant bills introduced in Congress to receive an “equity score” from a new branch of the Congressional Budget Office, a nonpartisan agency that offers cost estimates on legislation. [ read more … ]

Congress under pressure as states lift electricity shut-off bans during coronavirus crisis

By Dino Grandoni, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2020-08-09 15:32:15

The decision by dozens of states to ban utilities from cutting off electricity as the novel coronavirus gripped the nation was a crucial lifeline to keeping the lights on for many Americans. Tens of millions of people lost their jobs and income while being asked to stay home to stop the spread of the deadly virus. Even in states without restrictions, many utilities promised to keep the power going for those unable to pay during the unprecedented health and economic crisis.
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EVs

A Cadillac wants to catch Tesla. Can anyone?

By David Ferris, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-08-09 15:24:24

While enthusiasts debate the merits of the Lyriq’s 300-plus-mile driving range, its slide-away charging portal, its abundant video screens and the smiley face front grille, a larger question looms: Can General Motors Co., or any traditional automaker, compete against the leader in EVs? Tesla was never mentioned in the presentation from GM’s Design Dome in Warren, Mich. The star was the Lyriq, an SUV with a long hood and tapered tail that is a cornerstone of GM’s electric ambitions. [ read more … ]

FirstEnergy

AEP vows dark money disclosure amid Ohio bribery scandal

By Jeffrey Tomich, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-08-09 15:26:14

American Electric Power Co. pledged yesterday to improve disclosure of dark money contributions after allegations that just such a group funded by another Ohio utility is at the center of a $60 million racketeering scheme to influence state energy policy. CEO Nick Akins said AEP isn’t among the entities referenced in court filings that outline allegations against former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder (R), nor has the company been contacted by investigators. [ read more … ]

Campaign 2020

Prospect of Biden win highlights vulnerability of 4 major power, climate rules

By Zack Hale, S&P Global  •    •  Posted 2020-08-09 15:29:01

A review of the Trump EPA’s major electric utility-sector and climate-related rules, however, shows that virtually all of those actions could be unwound if former Vice President Joe Biden wins the presidency in November. As the EPA enters the final stretch of the first Trump administration, the president’s signature energy- and climate-related rules are still being litigated before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, a powerful judicial body that often has the final say on federal agencies’ actions. [ read more … ]

Biden’s clean energy push resonates in Senate battlegrounds

By Ben Geman, Axios  •    •  Posted 2020-08-09 15:27:55

Joe Biden’s climate posture is a political winner in four states where Senate races and the presidential contest are competitive, per new polling from progressive think tank Data for Progress. Biden has tethered the spending portion of his energy and climate platform to his wider economic response to the coronavirus pandemic, which could mean a quick push for legislative action if he wins. [ read more … ]

Biden climate plan polls well

By Adam Aton, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-08-09 15:27:17

Broken down by state, Biden’s proposed 2035 deadline for net-zero emissions in the electricity sector registered majority support in Arizona, Maine and Iowa, and it got a 48% plurality in North Carolina. Opposition registered between 31% and 38%. Biden’s plan to invest $2 trillion in climate action over four years also polled well. After hearing a short description of Biden’s plan, as well as a Republican counterpoint about preserving fossil fuel jobs, voters in each of the battleground states gave it majority support. It registered 53% cumulative support in those states while 33% were opposed. [ read more … ]

Inside Biden’s network of climate advisers

By Adam Aton, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2020-08-09 15:26:36

Former Vice President Joe Biden had already assembled a task force of activists and liberal officials to rewrite his climate plan. But there was a problem: Organized labor hadn’t been invited to the weekly Zoom calls. Biden had tailored his presidential campaign to accommodate the unions that build and maintain natural gas projects, and unions had returned the favor by boosting Biden’s candidacy during his lowest points in the Democratic primary. [ read more … ]

 

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