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March 16, 2021

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New E.P.A. Head Says Agency Has Climate Regulations Underway

By Lisa Friedman, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-03-16 14:39:25

Reducing carbon emissions from power plants and vehicles, which are the largest sources of planet-warming pollution in the United States, is critical to meeting Mr. Biden’s goal of no net carbon emissions by 2050. Unless Congress passes legislation — an unlikely scenario — it will be up to the E.P.A. to create new regulations for both sectors. The Obama administration sought to reshape the electric power sector by pushing utilities away from coal and toward electricity generated by natural gas, solar, wind and other lower or no-carbon sources. That rule, the Clean Power Plan, was halted by the Supreme Court. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Good vibrations: bladeless turbines could bring wind power to your home

By Jillian Ambrose, The Guardian  •    •  Posted 2021-03-16 14:39:59

The giant windfarms that line hills and coastlines are not the only way to harness the power of the wind, say green energy pioneers who plan to reinvent wind power by forgoing the need for turbine towers, blades – and even wind. “We are not against traditional windfarms,” says David Yáñez, the inventor of Vortex Bladeless. His six-person startup, based just outside Madrid, has pioneered a turbine design that can harness energy from winds without the sweeping white blades considered synonymous with wind power. [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

Solar’s glowing future

BY MATTHEW CHOI, Politico  •    •  Posted 2021-03-16 14:40:25

U.S. solar power capacity is expected to quadruple with the industry having a record-setting year in 2020, according to a year-in-review report released today by the Solar Energy Industries Association and Wood Mackenzie. That forecast comes as the sector saw a banner year, despite the pandemic, in which companies installed 19.2 GW of new capacity last year. [ read more … ]

Emissions

Record-Breaking Wildfires Made North American Air Worse in 2020

By Laura Millan Lombrana, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-03-16 14:40:57

High exposure to PM2.5, which is emitted by fossil-fuel powered vehicles, industrial activity and biomass burning, can cause asthma, lung cancer, heart disease, and has been associated with low birth weight, acute respiratory infections and strokes. An increasing amount of studies are also linking worsening air pollution to increased vulnerability to Covid-19, which attacks respiratory and cardiovascular systems. Coronavirus deaths attributable to long-term air pollution exposure could represent between 7% and 33% of all fatalities due to the virus, according to an early study published in Cardiovascular Research and cited by IQAir. [ read more … ]

The World’s Three Biggest Coal Users Get Ready to Burn Even More

By Will Wade, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-03-16 09:40:57

The world’s three biggest consumers of coal, the dirtiest fossil fuel, are getting ready to boost usage so much that it’ll almost be as if the pandemic-induced drop in emissions never happened. U.S. power plants are going to consume 16% more coal this year than in 2020, and then another 3% in 2022, the Energy Information Administration said last week. China and India, which together account for almost two-thirds of demand, have no plans to cut back in the near term. [ read more … ]

States

New Mexico governor seeks to offset Biden’s oil policies

By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2021-03-16 14:43:17

New Mexico could lose nearly three-quarters of $1 billion over the next few years if it sees even a modest reduction of oil and gas production due to the federal government’s actions to curb leasing on public lands, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham warned in a letter sent Monday to President Joe Biden. The first-term Democratic governor said financial losses of that magnitude would have real effects on her administration’s ability to achieve goals like universal access to early childhood education. She has been pushing to expand social programs in an effort to turn the tide in a state that has been plagued for decades by high poverty rates and low educational outcomes. [ read more … ]

Biden Administration

Haaland confirmed by Senate as first Native American to lead Interior

By Darryl Fears, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2021-03-16 14:44:36

As thousands of Native Americans watched online, Rep. Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) was confirmed as secretary of the Interior Department by a 51-to-40 vote in the Senate, making her the first American Indian to lead an agency that manages a vast portfolio of federal land and the oil and mineral wealth that lies beneath it. Haaland, a member of the Laguna Pueblo Nation in New Mexico and whose family ties in the country can be traced back 35 generations, will take control of a department that also oversees Indian Country, 574 federally recognized Native American and Alaska Native communities. [ read more … ]

New EPA administrator: ‘Science is back’

By Brady Dennis and Dino Grandoni, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2021-03-16 14:44:59

“We’ve got a lot of work to do, starting with rebuilding the staff morale and getting all of our staff back to feeling as if they matter, their voices matter,” Regan said in his first interview after being sworn in last week. “We really have to restore the scientific integrity and the utilization of data, of facts, as we move forward and make some very important decisions.” [ read more … ]

EVs

What Happened to Pickup Trucks?

By Angie Schmitt, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-03-16 14:43:46

Since 1990, U.S. pickup trucks have added almost 1,300 pounds on average. Some of the biggest vehicles on the market now weigh almost 7,000 pounds — or about three Honda Civics. These vehicles have a voracious appetite for space, one that’s increasingly irreconcilable with the way cities (and garages, and parking lots) are built. [ read more … ]

If Tesla Is the Apple of Electric Vehicles, Volkswagen Is Betting it Can Be Samsung

By Akshat Rathi, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-03-16 14:44:06

“Let me begin with the obvious: e-mobility has won the race,” Herbert Diess, chief executive officer of Volkswagen AG, said on Monday. “It is the only solution to reduce mobility emissions fast.” [ read more … ]

Dingell proposes EV manufacturing, infrastructure bill

By Nick Sobczyk, E&E Reporter  •    •  Posted 2021-03-16 14:45:15

Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.) has reintroduced legislation to boost electric vehicle deployment that could become a piece of a larger infrastructure bill in the coming months. The “USA Electrify Forward Act” would create a grant program to overhaul manufacturing facilities to produce EVs and batteries. [ read more … ]

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