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April 5, 2021

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Biden’s Grid Proposal May Be a Square Peg in a Round Hole

By Jinjoo Lee, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2021-04-05 15:51:13

When you have a fiscal hammer in the form of tax credits, perhaps everything looks like a nail. President Biden’s infrastructure plan proposes some tried-and-trusted methods to spur clean-energy development such as a 10-year extension of existing tax credits for solar and wind energy. More interestingly, it introduces an investment tax credit for high-voltage transmission lines. The goal is to incentivize the build-out of at least 20 Gigawatts worth of transmission. That is roughly the amount of transmission that could match the Texas grid’s very significant wind generation. [ read more … ]

Renewable Energy

China, U.S. Made 2020 a Record Year for Renewable Power Growth

By Verity Ratcliffe, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-04-05 15:51:47

A record amount of renewable energy capacity was built last year, thanks largely to investments in China and the U.S., according to the International Renewable Energy Agency. Renewables — mostly in the form of wind and solar — accounted for 82% of new electricity installation in 2020, said Abu Dhabi-based Irena, which advises governments on clean power. China added 136 gigawatts, more than half the total and a similar amount to Spain’s overall power production. [ read more … ]

Biden Administration

Biden’s Jobs Plan Is Also a Climate Plan. Will It Make a Difference?

By Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker  •    •  Posted 2021-04-05 15:50:47

The first known reference to Japan’s cherry blossoms comes from the country’s oldest surviving text, the Kojiki, completed in 712. Japan was trying to shrug off the influence of its more powerful neighbor, China, and cherry blossoms became a symbol of Japanese identity, in contrast to the plum blossoms of the Chinese. By the early ninth century, the practice of cherry-blossom viewing had become so well established that the date of the peak bloom appeared in Japanese poems and other literary works. [ read more … ]

Clean Energy Policy & Politics

How Joe Biden tamed the left — at least for now

By Ashley Parker, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2021-04-05 15:50:21

The coronavirus pandemic and millions of job losses have changed the political landscape in ways that have aligned Biden’s agenda more closely with the left, as the administration pushes for broad liberal policies as a way to recover from the pandemic. But the honeymoon could also be short-lived. Biden is entering a period of complicated negotiations on Capitol Hill over his jobs and infrastructure plan, which is almost certain to result in setbacks for the left. Many of the liberal wing’s biggest priorities — including a major voting rights bill and gun control legislation — lack support from some moderate Democrats, potentially dooming them in the Senate. [ read more … ]

Stick to infrastructure

BY MATTHEW CHOI, Politico  •    •  Posted 2021-04-05 15:53:18

Sen. Roy Blunt thinks the infrastructure package is too loaded, and said Congress would have a better time passing it if it stuck solely to infrastructure in the strictest sense. Speaking with Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday,” Blunt even called it an “easy win” for the Biden administration if they just take out all the bits that he said aren’t relevant to the country’s crumbling roads, bridges and the like. [ read more … ]

Texas Blackouts

As Texas Freeze Gas Bills Come Due, Cue Up the Lawsuits

By Christopher M. Matthews, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2021-04-05 15:49:21

At least 30 lawsuits related to natural-gas contracts have been filed in four states since the February storm that knocked out power for millions of Texans and sent gas prices soaring to their highest levels in years. Billions of dollars are collectively on the line. The lawsuits have laid bare the enormous pressure the financial fallout from the storm has put on natural-gas suppliers and customers, including public utilities and others. The bulk of the suits are in Texas courts and involve some of the world’s largest energy companies and traders, includingExxon Mobil Corp. , Koch Industries Inc., BP PLC and Vitol. [ read more … ]

Car Rule

Challenge to Trump-era Clean Car Standards Put on Hold by Court

By Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-04-05 15:52:14

A federal court has pressed pause on litigation over the Trump administration’s decision to scale back standards for fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Friday granted the Biden administration’s request to halt proceedings while the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) review the regulation.
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Tailpipe litigation in park

BY MATTHEW CHOI, Politico  •    •  Posted 2021-04-05 15:52:30

Despite procedural objections from states and environmentalists, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday granted the Biden administration’s request to pause litigation over federal auto emissions and fuel economy standards. That will give the agencies time to rewrite the SAFE Vehicles rule that significantly scaled back federal tailpipe standards. [ read more … ]


Future of ‘Broken’ Oil Program Under Review, Interior Head Says

By Jennifer A Dlouhy, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-04-05 15:49:42

The U.S. government program for selling drilling rights on federal land is so “fundamentally broken” that changes could be needed to address climate change and ensure taxpayers get a greater value from extracted oil and gas, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland said Friday. “The American taxpayers deserve to have a return on on their investment,” Haaland said, stressing that the public lands managed by Interior are a shared asset. [ read more … ]


74 Percent Of U.S. Consumers Want Their Next Vehicle To Be ICE-Powered

By Brett Foote,  •    •  Posted 2021-04-05 15:52:51

In recent months, both automakers and governments from around the world have been focusing on a future that consists entirely of electric vehicles. However, more than one recent report suggests that consumers aren’t quite ready to give up their ICE-powered vehicles just yet. Most recently, that includes SEMA’s Vehicle Landscape Report, which found that 74 percent of U.S. consumers want their next vehicle to be ICE-powered. [ read more … ]


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