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April 6, 2021

Top Story

Democrats Win Crucial Tool to Enact Biden’s Plans, Including Infrastructure

By Emily Cochrane, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-04-06 16:46:49

A top Senate official ruled on Monday that Democrats could use the fast-track budget reconciliation process for a second time this fiscal year, potentially handing them broader power to push through President Biden’s agenda, including his infrastructure plan, over Republican opposition. The decision by the parliamentarian means that Democrats can essentially reopen the budget plan they passed in February and add directives to enact the infrastructure package or other initiatives, shielding them from a filibuster that requires 60 votes to overcome. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Why Are Oil Majors Investing In Offshore Wind?

By Valentina Kretzschmar, Wood Mackenzie  •    •  Posted 2021-04-06 16:48:25

The Majors’ offshore wind portfolios are already some of the most geographically diverse in the sector. Portfolios are mostly early-life and the Majors now account for a significant proportion – 30% in 2020 – of sector capacity reaching final investment decisions. They will seek to gain a competitive advantage through operational and marketing synergies, geographical reach, partnership experience, financial muscle, and technology leadership. [ read more … ]

In a World of Big Wind, There’s Still a Place for Tiny Turbines

By Georgina McKay and Will Mathis, Bloomberg News  •    •  Posted 2021-04-06 16:46:03

“There is no silver bullet for solving all of our energy needs for the future, it requires a range of technologies,” said Joss Kesby, co-founder of Newcastle, Australia-based Diffuse Energy, which has miniature systems deployed at locations including about 10 off-grid telecommunications sites. “We see a big part to play for small-scale wind turbines.” Kesby initially focused on harnessing the technology to power onboard systems of yachts, before recognizing the stronger prospects in a telecoms sector that’s forecast to invest more than $3 billion on distributed energy assets by 2024.  [ read more … ]

Biden Administration

Biden throws weight of US government behind clean energy

By Myles McCormick, Financial Times  •    •  Posted 2021-04-06 16:46:30

When Barack Obama pumped $90bn into wind turbines, solar panels and batteries as part of his efforts to kickstart the US economy after the 2008 crash, his administration boasted of the “largest single investment in clean energy in history”. Joe Biden, then vice-president, wants to dwarf his former boss’s legacy. The president on Wednesday announced a proposal to inject almost ten times that figure into clean energy, as he uses a $2tn infrastructure drive to make good on his pledge to set America on a path to a greener future.
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Fossil fuels get too many government handouts. Biden wants to cut them off.

By Lili Pike, Vox  •    •  Posted 2021-04-06 16:49:37

One of the great ironies of climate politics is that America continues to subsidize — to the tune of billions of dollars a year — the very industries that are most responsible for the warming of the planet. Biden wants to put an end to that. His American Jobs Plan, released last week, recognizes that if the US wants to hit decarbonization targets, and get climate change under control,cutting off government support for fossil fuels is a logical first step. The proposal takes aim at tax preferences, loopholes, and laws that allow fossil fuel companies to dodge costs and avoid cleaning up their pollution. [ read more … ]

Climate Change

Carbon dioxide spikes to critical new record, halfway to doubling pre-industrial levels

By Matthew Cappucci and Jason Samenow, Washington Post

  •    •  Posted 2021-04-06 16:47:24

For the first time in recorded history, the concentration of atmospheric carbon dioxide, or CO2, was measured at more than 420 parts per million atop the iconic Mauna Loa Observatory on the Big Island of Hawaii. It marks a disconcerting milestone in the human-induced warming of the planet, around the halfway point on our path toward doubling preindustrial CO2 levels. When the station began collecting CO2 measurements in the late 1950s, atmospheric CO2 concentration sat at around 315 parts per million. On Saturday, the daily average was pegged at 421.21 parts per million — the first time in human history that number has been so high. Previously, it had never exceeded 420 parts per million. [ read more … ]

Why the World Awaits Biden’s Pledge on Climate Change

By Will Wade, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-04-06 16:47:41

The U.S. is developing a new goal for reducing greenhouse gases, a required step after President Joe Biden rejoined the Paris Agreement. Biden says America’s new commitment — officially known as a nationally determined contribution, or NDC — will be much more ambitious than its initial one. It will need to be. Climate change hasn’t slowed enough since the landmark international pact was signed in 2015, and several other nations that have already increased their own objectives are pressing Biden to follow suit. [ read more … ]

Clean Energy Policy & Politics

Renewable Energy, NIMBY, & Politics Collide In Indiana

By Steve Hanley, Green Technica  •    •  Posted 2021-04-06 16:49:17

The Indiana legislature is considering a measure that would limit the ability of local communities to oppose renewable energy facilities. The purpose, of course, is to reduce the amount of time needed to obtain approval of those projects at the local level. The state of New York has passed a similar bill that transfers most siting decisions to a the state and bars local interference. [ read more … ]

EVs

Biden’s plan to rev up the electric car market is complicated by battery supplies

By Steven Mufson, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2021-04-06 16:49:01

President Biden’s ambitious plan to jump-start the U.S. electric vehicle market faces a roadblock: a weak supply chain that is making it difficult for American automakers to get enough batteries to scale up production. And that shortage could get worse, depending on whether Biden intervenes this week in a dispute between two top South Korean manufacturers over moves by one to open a battery plant in Georgia to serve the U.S. market. Hanging in the balance are plans by Volkswagen and Ford to roll out about 340,000 new electric vehicles over the next several years. [ read more … ]

 

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