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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

March 21, 2021

Top Story

Joe Manchin will decide whether Biden succeeds on climate change

By David Roberts, Vox  •    •  Posted 2021-03-21 11:19:19

President Joe Biden campaigned on a climate policy plan that included, as its backbone, a clean electricity standard (CES) that would push the US electricity sector to net-zero carbon emissions by 2035. Given how important electricity is in cleaning up other sectors of the economy, the CES is arguably Biden’s single most important climate policy promise. Figuring out whether he will be able to make good on that promise necessarily involves an inquiry into the beliefs, motivations, and intentions of one man: West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

It’s time to ‘go big’ on offshore wind, boosters say

By Tom Johnson, NJSpotlight  •    •  Posted 2021-03-21 11:19:53

No wind turbines are producing power off the New Jersey coast, but enough potential wind capacity exists out there to meet virtually all of the state’s electrical demand, according to a new report. In fact, offshore wind has the capacity to power the country with clean energy, the report by the Environment New Jersey Research & Policy Center and Frontier Group argues. In the Atlantic region alone — stretching from Maine to Florida — there is enough wind potential to produce four times the electricity those states used in 2019, the analysis says. [ read more … ]

Biden Administration

Elizabeth Warren and AOC Lay Down Climate Challenge to Biden

By Jarrell Dillard, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-03-21 11:22:00

Progressives in the House and Senate plan to set down a marker Thursday for President Joe Biden’s infrastructure plans, introducing a $500 billion proposal to shift U.S. transportation away from fossil fuels. Senator Elizabeth Warren and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, two proponents of the Green New Deal, are behind the bill, joined by Senator Edward Markey of Massachusetts and Representative Andy Levin of Michigan. Their plan aims to accelerate the process of making the U.S. carbon neutral by 2050—a goal Biden campaigned on—by putting the money in the hands of state, local and tribal governments or transit authorities to make sweeping investments in public transit systems.
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How to Judge Biden’s Record on Climate Change

By Gernot Wagner, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-03-21 11:22:26

Levels of CO₂ in the atmosphere were higher in 2020 than in any year in human history. They will be higher in 2021, reaching 50% above pre-industrial levels for the first time. Concentrations will be higher still in 2022, 2030, and will likely continue to grow for the better part of the century. [ read more … ]

Climate Change Website Deleted by Trump Is Rebooted Under Biden

By Jennifer A Dlouhy, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-03-21 11:22:55

The latest sign the U.S. government is back in the fight against climate change? The EPA just resurrected a website chock full of data, background and science about global warming that the Trump administration had deleted. The Environmental Protection Agency’s dedicated climate change portal had gone dormant under Trump, though some information and data were still maintained across other EPA web pages. Now, the climate page is back, complete with the proclamation “An EPA Priority” at the top and links to emissions data, efficiency program info and other climate resources. [ read more … ]

Clean Energy Policy & Politics

Mind the gap on clean energy

BY MATTHEW CHOI, Politico  •    •  Posted 2021-03-21 11:20:43

 The chasm between Democrats and Republicans on carbon emissions was on display Thursday during the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee’s first hearing on the CLEAN Future Act. Democrats said the bill, which is their first major climate legislation of the Biden administration, would protect jobs for workers caught in the energy transition — a central promise in President Joe Biden’s climate messaging. [ read more … ]

States

Legislature approves climate bill, sends back to Governor Baker

By David Abel, Boston, Boston Globe  •    •  Posted 2021-03-21 11:18:37

State lawmakers in the House on Thursday joined their Senate colleagues in overwhelmingly backing a revised climate bill that would mark one of the nation’s most far-reaching efforts to reduce planet-warming carbon emissions. The measure passed both chambers by large enough margins to override a potential veto by Governor Charlie Baker, who rejected a previous version of the bill earlier this year. The Legislature then sent Baker the same bill, which he returned last month with a host of amendments. [ read more … ]

EVs

How much more energy will the US need to electrify everything?

By Tim McDonnell & Clarisa Diaz, Quartz  •    •  Posted 2021-03-21 11:21:12

The global economy needs to go electric. Most economists agree that the quickest, lowest-cost way to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions is to plug everything that now burns fossil fuels—vehicles, buildings, factories—into a clean electricity grid. How much strain will that put on the grid? By 2050, the US will demand nearly 90% more power than it did in 2018, in a scenario in which all new passenger vehicles sold by 2030 are electric and buildings and factories also aggressively electrify. [ read more … ]

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