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April 13, 2021

Top Story

Executives Call for Deep Emission Cuts to Combat Climate Change

By Lisa Friedman, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-04-13 15:21:33

More than 300 businesses, including Google, McDonalds and Walmart, are pushing the Biden administration to nearly double the United States’ target for cuts to planet-warming emissions ahead of an April 22 global summit on climate change. In a letter to President Biden, expected to be released Tuesday morning, chief executive officers from some of the nation’s largest companies will call on the administration to set a new Paris Agreement goal of slashing the nation’s carbon dioxide, methane and other planet-warming emissions at least 50 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. [ read more … ]

Biden Administration

In a Bipartisan Meeting, Biden Makes the Case for His Infrastructure Plan

By Luke Broadwater, Annie Karni and Emily Cochrane, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-04-13 15:21:54

Facing opposition from Republicans and some centrist Democrats to parts of his $2 trillion infrastructure proposal, President Biden on Monday convened a bipartisan group of lawmakers at the White House, hoping to make progress toward a deal that can pass a bitterly divided Congress. Sitting in the Oval Office with the group, Mr. Biden said he was “prepared to negotiate as to the extent of the infrastructure project, as well as how we pay for it.” [ read more … ]

Kerry expected to travel to China in first visit by top Biden official

By Lily Kuo and John Hudson, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2021-04-13 15:22:11

U.S. climate envoy John F. Kerry is expected to travel to China next week in an attempt to carve out climate change as an area of closer collaboration amid deepening tensions between the two countries. The former secretary of state is expected to travel to Shanghai for meetings with Chinese officials, according to people familiar with the situation. The trip, less than a month after a face-to-face meeting between senior Chinese and U.S. diplomats in Alaska ended in traded diatribes and insults, would be the first official visit to China by a top Biden administration official. [ read more … ]

Transmission

Transmission strategy takes shape as Congress, FERC press ahead with reforms

By Zack Hale, S&P Global  •    •  Posted 2021-04-13 15:18:19

A package of far-reaching reforms to expand the nation’s high-voltage electric transmission system is coming into focus as congressional Democrats begin drafting legislation in line with U.S. President Joe Biden’s $2 trillion infrastructure vision. The suite of policy proposals is largely centered on a new investment tax credit for regionally significant transmission lines and potentially two new grid-focused offices housed within the U.S. Department of Energy and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. [ read more … ]

Climate Change

Facebook’s New Target in the Misinformation War: Climate Lies

By Kurt Wagner, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-04-13 15:22:47

In the midst of the heated U.S. presidential race last summer, with hypercharged scrutiny of partisan propaganda on social media, Facebook Inc. Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg received a letter from a group of U.S. senators led by Massachusetts Democrat Elizabeth Warren that had nothing to do with elections. They were angry about a year-old piece of climate news. [ read more … ]

Texas Blackouts

Texas’ new set of electricity regulators begins to take shape in wake of deep freeze, power outages

By Robert T. Garrett, The Dallas Morning News  •    •  Posted 2021-04-13 15:20:01

A new set of Texas electricity regulators began to take shape Monday, as Gov. Greg Abbott nominated a finance expert to be the next chairman of the Public Utility Commission while his earlier choice of a PUC member moved toward Senate confirmation. The Republican governor put forward Peter Lake of Austin, who has spent more than five years as an Abbott appointee to the Texas Water Development Board, as his second commission pick in as many weeks. [ read more … ]

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