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January 21, 2021

Top Story

‘A cry for survival comes from the planet itself’

By Timothy Cama, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2021-01-20 14:54:37

“With unity, we can do great things, important things,” he said. “We can right wrongs. We can put people to work in good jobs. We can teach our children in safe schools. We can overcome the deadly virus. We can reward work and rebuild the middle class, and make health care secure for all,” he continued. “We can deliver racial justice, and we can make America once again the leading force for good in the world. [ read more … ]

The Biden Administration

A ‘Nerve Center’ for Climate in the Biden White House

By Lisa Friedman, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-01-20 14:59:01

Joseph R. Biden Jr. assumes the presidency on Wednesday with an expansive team of climate change experts staffing a White House that is preparing to focus on global warming in a way no other administration has done before. Mr. Biden will enter office with the largest team ever assembled inside the White House to tackle global warming, and has installed policy experts at the State Department as well as the National Security Council, the president’s top advisory body for all foreign policy decisions. The Treasury Department, the Transportation Department and the office of Vice President Kamala Harris all will have dedicated climate policy staff, with more hires expected in the coming days throughout the government. [ read more … ]

Gina McCarthy outlines Biden’s first climate, energy actions

By Scott Waldman, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2021-01-20 14:56:30

“We know rejoining [Paris] won’t be enough, but along with strong domestic action, which this executive order kicks off, it is going to be an important step for the United States to regain and strengthen its leadership opportunities,” McCarthy told reporters late yesterday. The process of rejoining the Paris Agreement will begin with a letter to the United Nations requesting U.S. membership. It will take 30 days for the U.S. to formally reenter the nonbinding global agreement to reduce emissions. [ read more … ]

Biden picks DOE chief of staff

By Lesley Clark, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2021-01-20 14:56:58

Tarak Shah, an Obama-era chief of staff for the Department of Energy’s undersecretary for science and energy, will be named Energy Secretary-designate Jennifer Granholm’s chief of staff in the Biden administration, according to sources. Christopher Davis, who was principal deputy assistant secretary for congressional and intergovernmental affairs under President Obama, is also said to be returning to DOE as a senior adviser to Granholm, sources said. [ read more … ]

‘Existential threat’: Yellen wants a climate hub at Treasury

By Avery Ellfeldt, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2021-01-20 14:58:33

President-elect Joe Biden’s pick to lead the Treasury Department said she plans to hire a high-level official to direct a new climate initiative within the agency. The plan to create a climate “hub” — which Janet Yellen unveiled yesterday during a confirmation hearing before the Senate Finance Committee — is a huge deal, said climate finance experts and advocates. [ read more … ]

Clean Air Act

Clean Air Act gets boost as court dumps Trump carbon rule

By Niina H. Farah, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2021-01-20 14:55:14

Opponents of President Trump’s climate rule rollbacks rejoiced after a federal appeals court gave the Biden administration a clean slate to craft a new rule to control greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. A three-judge panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit tossed out the Trump EPA’s Affordable Clean Energy rule and sent it back to the agency. The court found EPA had too narrowly interpreted its authority to regulate emissions. The court not only gave the green light for President-elect Joe Biden to draft stronger power plant regulations, but also broadly affirmed EPA’s authority to craft climate regulations for a range of emissions sources. [ read more … ]

Climate Litigation

Climate fight may split justices along ideological lines

By Pamela King, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2021-01-20 14:57:29

The Supreme Court did not appear ready yesterday to hand an easy win to oil and gas companies enmeshed in a slew of lawsuits seeking industry compensation for climate impacts. While the justices could side with industry attorneys on the highly technical jurisdictional question of whether climate liability challenges should be heard in state or federal venues, they seemed to shy away from arguments by BP PLC and other firms that all such lawsuits should automatically land in federal court — where they may be more likely to fail. [ read more … ]


FERC deals setbacks to gas projects, grid orders

By Arianna Skibell, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2021-01-20 14:55:59

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission delivered blows yesterday to a number of natural gas projects that had been Trump administration priorities, including the controversial Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas export facility off the Oregon coast. During a monthly meeting, FERC commissioners unanimously rejected a bid to overturn Oregon officials’ denial of a key permit to developers of the $10 billion LNG export terminal, marking a significant victory for the project’s opponents. Outgoing Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette tried to streamline authorization for the Coos Bay, Ore., project last summer [ read more … ]


Electric car batteries with five-minute charging times produced

By Damian Carrington, The Guardian  •    •  Posted 2021-01-20 14:58:09

Batteries capable of fully charging in five minutes have been produced in a factory for the first time, marking a significant step towards electric cars becoming as fast to charge as filling up petrol or diesel vehicles. Electric vehicles are a vital part of action to tackle the climate crisis but running out of charge during a journey is a worry for drivers. The new lithium-ion batteries were developed by the Israeli company StoreDot and manufactured by Eve Energy in China on standard production lines. [ read more … ]


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