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April 21, 2021

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Biden to Propose Cutting U.S. Emissions in Half by 2030

By Timothy Puko and Sha Hua, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2021-04-21 15:37:20

President Biden is expected this week to call for cutting U.S. greenhouse-gas emissions roughly in half by 2030, according to people familiar with the matter, as he pushes to jump-start global efforts to tackle climate change. Mr. Biden will release the new goal during a summit at the White House on Thursday and Friday, part of an effort to assert global leadership on climate issues amid tensions with China. The new target seeks to reduce over the next nine years emissions by 50% from levels in 2005. Emissions last year were already projected to be down 21% from that 2005 baseline, due in part to a slowdown related to the pandemic. But this year, emissions are tracking higher again as the economy recovers. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Firm plans line to bring future wind energy ashore in NJ

By Wayne Parry, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2021-04-21 15:36:07

A Massachusetts company plans to build a high-voltage line to bring electricity from a future New Jersey offshore wind farm onto land, and connect it to the power grid. Anbaric, of Wakefield, Massachusetts, has already obtained several permits from New Jersey environmental regulators for what it calls its Boardwalk Power Link project. The line would come ashore in Keyport, in northern Monmouth County on the Raritan Bay, and would run underground along highways for nearly 21 miles (33 kilometers) into Middlesex County where it would connect to a new substation. [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

US solar panels imports rose 9% in Q1’21 amid record growth forecasts

By Michael Copley and Krizka Danielle Del Rosario, S&P Global  •    •  Posted 2021-04-21 15:37:38

U.S. solar panel imports climbed 9% in the first quarter of 2021 as the market geared up for what is expected to be a year of record growth following the election of President Joe Biden, a Democrat who has made limiting climate change an environmental and economic priority. Nearly 65,000 shipping containers loaded with solar panels arrived at U.S. ports during the first three months of the year, up from around 59,700 in the prior quarter, with the vast majority coming from Asia, according to research firm Panjiva. [ read more … ]

China’s Solar Dominance Presents Biden With an Ugly Dilemma

By Ana Swanson and Brad Plumer, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-04-21 15:36:29

The dilemma stems from an uncomfortable reality: China dominates the global supply chain for solar power, producing the vast majority of the materials and parts for solar panels that the United States relies on for clean energy. And there is emerging evidence that some of China’s biggest solar companies have worked with the Chinese government to absorb minority workers in the far western region of Xinjiang, programs often seen as a red flag for potential forced labor and human rights abuses. [ read more … ]

Climate Policy

China’s Xi Agrees to Take Part in Biden’s Climate Summit

By Bloomberg News  •    •  Posted 2021-04-21 15:39:43

Chinese leader Xi Jinping accepted an invitation from U.S. President Joe Biden to join a summit on climate change, one area where the two countries are cooperating despite frosty ties on other issues. Xi will attend via video link on Thursday, China’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement Wednesday. China hopes the conference promotes “a global joint response to climate change,” ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said at a regular briefing in Beijing. He repeated that the Asian nation is ready to cooperate with the U.S. on the basis of mutual respect. [ read more … ]

Coal Is Set to Roar Back, and So Are Its Climate Risks

By Somini Sengupta, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-04-21 15:39:08

The pandemic abruptly slowed the global march of coal. But demand for the world’s dirtiest fuel is forecast to soar this year, gravely undermining the chances of staving off the worst effects of global warming. Burning coal is the largest source of carbon dioxide emissions, and, after a pandemic-year retreat, demand for coal is set to rise by 4.5 percent this year, mainly to meet soaring electricity demand, according to data published Tuesday by the International Energy Agency, just two days before a White House-hosted virtual summit aimed at rallying global climate action. [ read more … ]

Weather’s New Normal Reveals ‘Fingerprints of Climate Change’

By Brian K Sullivan, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-04-21 15:40:38

The U.S. is about to officially establish a new normal for its weather, and it has the “fingerprints of climate change” all over it. Every decade, the U.S. reconfigures what’s considered to be normal temperatures and normal rain and snow across the country. As of May 4, the averages from 1991 to 2020 will replace the current set based on 1981 to 2010. When compared with the entire 20th century average, the results are stark: The U.S. is a warmer and wetter place than it was almost a century ago. [ read more … ]

Leading Oil Producer UAE Says Case For Renewables Never Stronger

By Anthony Di Paola, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-04-21 15:40:21

The United Arab Emirates, one of the world’s biggest oil producers, said the commercial case for renewable energy has never been stronger. The Middle Eastern country plans to be at the forefront of the transition to greener energy and the fight against climate change even as it boosts oil-production capacity, according to Sultan Al Jaber, head of state firm Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. and the UAE’s climate envoy. [ read more … ]

Biden Administration

Biden Is Pushing a Climate Agenda. Gina McCarthy Has to Make It Stick.

By Coral Davenport, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-04-21 15:38:08

Ms. McCarthy’s friends say she is driven to build back a climate legacy that will outlast her second round in government. “She was angry, there’s no question about that,” said Mitchell Bernard, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council. “I heard many an expletive exit her mouth about what was going on in the government.” [ read more … ]

Twelve U.S. states urge Biden to back phasing out gas-powered vehicle sales by 2035

By. Reuters  •    •  Posted 2021-04-21 15:38:44

The governors of a dozen U.S. states including California, New York, Massachusetts and North Carolina called on President Joe Biden on Wednesday to back ending sales of new gasoline-powered vehicles by 2035, a dramatic shift away from fossil fuels. The governors of a dozen U.S. states including California, New York, Massachusetts and North Carolina called on President Joe Biden to back ending sales of new gasoline-powered vehicles by 2035, a dramatic shift away from fossil fuels. Biden’s $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan calls for $174 billion in spending and tax credits to boost electric vehicles (EVs) and charging networks but does not call for phasing out gasoline-powered passenger vehicles.

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