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January 29, 2021

Top Stories

G.M. Will Sell Only Zero-Emission Vehicles by 2035

By Neal E. Boudette and Coral Davenport, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-01-28 16:27:09

The days of the internal combustion engine are numbered. General Motors said Thursday it would phase out petroleum-powered cars and trucks and sell only vehicles that have zero tailpipe emissions by 2035, a seismic shift by one of the world’s largest automakers that makes billions of dollars today from gas-guzzling pickup trucks and sport-utility vehicles. The announcement could put pressure on automakers around the world to make similar commitments. [ read more … ]

As Biden vows monumental action on climate change, a fight with the fossil fuel industry has only begun

By Juliet Eilperin and Brady Dennis, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2021-01-28 14:53:49

“This is not a time for small measures,” Biden said at the White House, adding that the nation had already wasted precious years as it delayed in dealing with the climate crisis. But as he detailed his plans, the gas, oil and coal industries were already mobilizing on all fronts. From an oil patch in Alaska to state capitals to the halls of Congress, the industries and their allies are aiming to slow Biden’s unprecedented push for climate action and keep profits from fossil fuels flowing. Republican attorneys general from six states wrote to the new president, warning him not to overstep his authority. GOP lawmakers attacked his executive orders as “job killers.” And the petroleum industry revived television ads promoting drilling on federal lands. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Commentary: Madison County wind energy restrictions are concerning for all rural Iowans

By Ray Gaesser, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted 2021-01-28 14:52:35

Wind energy projects have worked successfully in Iowa for 20 years. Yet we are seeing recent attempts to take away farmers’ and landowners’ rights to choose what is best to do with their own land. Fueled by online myths and hysteria, opposition to wind and solar development has grown in Iowa. Most recently, the Madison County supervisors, in a 2-1 vote during the Christmas holidays when they knew no one was watching, slipped through the most restrictive wind and solar ordinances in the country. [ read more … ]

Proposed Climate Policies

‘I’m the dude.’ Gina McCarthy has a red-hot climate deadline

By Jean Chemnick, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2021-01-28 14:54:23

Gina McCarthy has her work cut out for her. President Biden’s executive order on climate change yesterday gives his national climate adviser less than three months to work with 21 federal agencies and conduct “appropriate outreach to domestic stakeholders.” [ read more … ]

‘Energy’ Is Its Name. But What Can the D.O.E. Actually Do on Climate?

By Brad Plumer, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-01-28 14:55:18

Jennifer M. Granholm, who faced a confirmation hearing Wednesday morning as President Biden’s nominee to head the Department of Energy, is widely expected to play a central role in the administration’s efforts to confront climate change. But that raises a question: How much can an energy secretary realistically do to help reduce America’s planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions?
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5 takeaways from the Granholm hearing

By Lesley Clark and Jeremy Dillon, E&E News reporters  •    •  Posted 2021-01-28 14:55:45

Senators yesterday pressed President Biden’s nominee for Energy secretary, Jennifer Granholm, on what his ambitious climate plans will mean for energy-rich states. Granholm, the former Rust Belt governor, sought to assure skeptical Republicans she’s “obsessed with creating good-paying jobs.” During her confirmation hearing before the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, they asked her what Biden’s plans will do for coal communities and other fossil fuel workers. [ read more … ]

5 things in Biden’s order that flew under the radar

By Scott Waldman, E&E News reporterPublished: Thursday, January 28, 2021  •    •  Posted 2021-01-28 14:56:05

“Climate Day” at the White House made headlines for its big ticket items. But notable pieces of the executive order received less coverage, including efforts to prepare the federal government for climate disasters, create union jobs by cleaning up pollution and restrict U.S. spending on fossil fuel projects abroad. Here are five actions that flew under the radar. [ read more … ]

US to end overseas fossil-fuel funding as rich world urged to boost climate finance

By Megan Rowling, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2021-01-28 14:56:33

The United States will produce a plan to end international financing for fossil fuel projects, its special climate envoy John Kerry said Wednesday, as senior British and U.N. officials urged donor nations to meet a flagship climate finance promise. Speaking at an online panel organised by the World Economic Forum, Kerry said the new administration of U.S. President Joe Biden would draft a plan for U.S. climate finance, without giving further details. [ read more … ]


Biden order could boost electric mail trucks, tanks

By Maxine Joselow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2021-01-28 14:53:19

President Biden yesterday told federal agencies to buy zero-emission vehicles as part of a flurry of executive action on climate change. The directive is a small but significant step on the path to reaching net-zero emissions from transportation, the country’s largest source of greenhouse gases, climate experts said. It could also bolster EV adoption by the Pentagon and the U.S. Postal Service, which rely heavily on fossil fuel-powered cars and trucks for their operations, former defense officials and analysts told E&E News. [ read more … ]

Elon Musk plans rapid EV buildout after Tesla profits slip

By David Ferris, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2021-01-28 14:52:55

Tesla Inc., the world’s most valuable automaker, saw its stock fall yesterday after its fourth-quarter profits disappointed investors. But CEO Elon Musk said a march of new factories will cause the electric automaker’s output to grow at a sizzling rate of 50% a year “for many years to come.” Tesla held a phone call with investors to share its financial results from last quarter and the whole of 2020, and analysts were most curious about whether the company would turn a profit. [ read more … ]

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