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April 20, 2021

Top Story

Grain Belt transmission line forges ahead amid landowner, lawmaker pushback

By Allison Kite, Missouri Independent  •    •  Posted 2021-04-20 16:37:07

On the heels of a historic cold snap that left thousands across the Midwest without power, Kansas and Missouri residents could soon reap the benefits of a massive high-powered transmission line delivering renewable energy.  Grain Belt Express, a project a decade in the making, is starting to acquire land along its route spanning across nearly the width of both states. But even so, landowners, local officials and some Missouri lawmakers are still raising red flags, arguing the project will be destructive to rural communities. [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

A farmer’s fight for solar reveals a U.S. land problem

By Benjamin Storrow, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2021-04-20 16:36:42

When the L’Etoile family decided to build a 10-megawatt solar plant, they saw it as a chance to confront climate change and keep the family farm. Many of their neighbors feel differently. In a community where views of sweeping cropland are framed against a horizon of rolling hills, some worried about the prospect of staring at a chain-link fence around the panels. [ read more … ]

Biden Administration

Biden Wants the U.S. to Lead on Climate Action, But the World Needs Proof

By Jennifer A Dlouhy, Will Wade and Akshat Rathi, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-04-20 16:37:32

The Biden administration  is expected to unveil the country’s new pledge under the Paris climate agreement, known as a nationally determined contribution, before the international climate summit set to begin this Thursday. He’ll have to overcome the major trust deficit run up by former President Donald Trump, who withdrew from the Paris agreement and dismantled domestic policies key to driving the country’s promised emissions cuts. The past four years revealed how tenuous pledges of U.S government action can be. [ read more … ]

Amid Biden Climate Push, a Question Looms: Is America’s Word Good?

By Lisa Friedman, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-04-20 16:38:32

President Biden faces a fundamental question as he convenes heads of state this week in a virtual summit to declare that the United States is ready to reclaim a leadership role in the fight against climate change: Is America’s word still any good? The question is dogging Mr. Biden as he tries to reassert the American role in other parts of the world stage after four years of Donald J. Trump’s America First isolationism. Trading partners wonder how long a thaw on multilateral economic accords might last. Overtures to the trans-Atlantic alliance must overcome four years of Mr. Trump’s NATO bashing. [ read more … ]

A coal miners union indicates it will accept a switch to renewable energy in exchange for jobs.

By Noam Scheiber, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-04-20 16:40:56

The country’s largest mine workers union signaled on Monday that it would accept a transition away from fossil fuels in exchange for new jobs in renewable energy, spending on technology to make coal cleaner and financial aid for miners who lose their jobs. “There needs to be a tremendous investment here,” Cecil E. Roberts, the president of the United Mine Workers of America, said in an interview. “We always end up dealing with climate change, closing down coal mines. We never get to the second piece of it.” [ read more … ]

ExxonMobil’s climate pitch to Biden: A $100B carbon project that greens hate

By BEN LEFEBVRE, Politico  •    •  Posted 2021-04-20 16:41:17

ExxonMobil says it can help turn President Joe Biden’s climate agenda into reality — if Washington will kick in tax breaks and other assistance for a $100 billion carbon-capture project near Houston. By 2030, the project’s initial phase would capture 50 million tons of carbon dioxide every year from the refineries and petrochemical plants that line the Houston Ship Channel — the heart of the city’s oil and gas industry — and store it underground, Chief Executive Darren Woods told POLITICO on Monday. That’s the equivalent of taking nearly 11 million cars off the road. [ read more … ]

Climate Change

The Science of Climate Change Explained: Facts, Evidence and Proof

By Julia Rosen, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-04-20 16:39:01

The science of climate change is more solid and widely agreed upon than you might think. But the scope of the topic, as well as rampant disinformation, can make it hard to separate fact from fiction. Here, we’ve done our best to present you with not only the most accurate scientific information, but also an explanation of how we know it. [ read more … ]

Carbon emissions to soar in 2021 by second highest rate in history

By Fiona Harvey,The Guardian  •    •  Posted 2021-04-20 16:40:37

Carbon dioxide emissions are forecast to jump this year by the second biggest annual rise in history, as global economies pour stimulus cash into fossil fuels in the recovery from the Covid-19 recession. The leap will be second only to the massive rebound 10 years ago after the financial crisis, and will put climate hopes out of reach unless governments act quickly, the International Energy Agency has warned. [ read more … ]

Record Chinese Coal Burning to Drive Surge in Carbon Emissions

By Will Mathis and Javier Blas, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-04-20 16:37:55

Chinese coal consumption is poised to hit a record this year, contradicting a view held by many climate change and energy experts that the voracious coal usage in the world’s second-biggest economy had peaked. A 4% surge in Chinese coal demand, coupled with higher consumption elsewhere in Asia, as well as in the U.S. and Europe, will trigger a large increase in carbon emissions, the International Energy Agency said, days before global leaders plan a virtual gathering to discuss the climate change challenge. [ read more … ]

New Carbon Market Pays Southern Pine-Growers Not to Cut

By Ryan Dezember, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2021-04-20 16:38:15

Here is a new way for Southern pine growers to get paid for their timber: Leave it standing. Companies eager to offset their emissions are paying Southern timberland owners not to cut more than a million acres of mill-bound pine trees until next year. The idea is that the longer the timber stands, the more carbon the trees can sponge from the atmosphere before becoming two-by-fours and telephone poles. [ read more … ]

Evs

Toyota says it will introduce 15 BEVs, expand electric lineup by 2025 | Reuters

By Reuters  •    •  Posted 2021-04-20 16:40:14

Toyota Motor Corp said on Monday it will introduce 15 battery electric vehicle (BEV) models globally by 2025, expanding the automaker’s electric vehicle lineup to achieve carbon neutrality before 2050. The company will increase its number of electric models to around 70 from currently offered 55, it said in a statement. [ read more … ]

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