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February 23, 2021

Top Story

How Texas’ Drive for Energy Independence Set It Up for Disaster

By Clifford Krauss, Manny Fernandez, Ivan Penn and Rick Rojas, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-02-22 15:55:01

Across the plains of West Texas, the pump jacks that resemble giant bobbing hammers define not just the landscape but the state itself: Texas has been built on the oil-and-gas business for the last 120 years, ever since the discovery of oil on Spindletop Hill near Beaumont in 1901. Texas, the nation’s leading energy-producing state, seemed like the last place on Earth that could run out of energy. Then last week, it did. [ read more … ]

Blackouts

Restarting Texas’s Frozen Energy Heartland Will Be a Climate Mess

By Eric Roston, Sergio Chapa, and Barbara J Powell, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-02-22 15:53:12

Like a cold-blooded animal—a lizard or a snake—the petrochemical hub that is the state of Texas went dormant during the deep freeze. Eventually, it’ll wake up again, and when it does the damage will be worse than if it never went to sleep. Filings submitted in recent days to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, or TCEQ, already show significant emissions related to stopping and restarting fossil fuel infrastructure. It’s an indication of what’s to come in a state that’s home to a quarter of U.S. natural gas production as well as half the oil production. [ read more … ]

Senator seeks probe of natural gas price spikes during storm

By MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2021-02-22 15:55:19

A Democratic senator is calling for federal investigations into possible price gouging of natural gas in the Midwest and other regions following severe winter storms that plunged Texas and other states into a deep freeze that caused power outages in millions of homes and businesses. Minnesota Sen. Tina Smith says natural gas spot prices spiked as high as 100 times typical levels, forcing utilities and other natural gas users to incur exorbitant costs, many of which were passed on to customers. [ read more … ]

Biden Administration

After Texas Crisis, Biden’s Climate Plan Hangs on Fragile Power Grid

By Brian Eckhouse, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-02-22 15:52:53

The millions of people who struggled to keep warm in Texas, with blackouts crippling life inside a dominant energy hub, have laid bare the desperate state of U.S. electricity grids. To fix nationwide vulnerabilities, President Joe Biden will have to completely reimagine the American way of producing and transmitting electricity.  Biden wants to overhaul the nation’s grids so they derive all electricity from carbon-free sources by 2035—a major step toward zeroing out net emissions of greenhouse gases by mid-century. Realizing that goal will require building billions of dollars worth of new transmission lines, a challenge that might prove just as difficult as getting his climate agenda through Congress. [ read more … ]

With One Number, Biden Will Start to Reverse Trump’s Way of Valuing Climate

By Eric Roston and Stephen Lee, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-02-22 15:53:33

President Joe Biden has begun reactivating Obama-era approaches for building climate change into federal policy, action that may soon revamp environmental regulation by establishing a much higher dollar value for greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S.  [ read more … ]

Car Rules

Continuing climate change fight, Virginia lawmakers commit to clean car standard

By Sarah Vogelsong, Virginia Mercury  •    •  Posted 2021-02-22 15:54:05

In their second year in control of the legislature, Virginia Democrats pushed through another major measure to combat climate change when the Senate on Friday voted to adopt California regulations that set stringent vehicle emissions standards and electric car sales targets. “We know that our automobile emissions greatly contribute to our environmental problems,” said Sen. Jennifer Boysko, D-Fairfax. “It is incumbent upon us to start making changes.”  [ read more … ]

Commentary

Elon Musk Should Come Clean: Tesla’s Emissions Are Rising

By David Fickling, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-02-22 15:54:40

At a time when most major companies are working on plans to cut their carbon emissions, one of the darlings of green investing is working to increase its emissions footprint.  You read that right. Thanks to its explosive expansion in China and a planned car plant in India, Tesla Inc. is in the process of not just increasing the total sum of its emissions — a pretty inevitable consequence of growth in our current carbonized world — but increasing the amount of pollution each of its vehicles generates, too. [ read more … ]

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