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April 22, 2021

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As Biden convenes world leaders, U.S. pledges to cut emissions up to 52 percent by 2030

By Brady Dennis, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2021-04-22 15:05:56

President Biden on Thursday will commit the United States to cutting its greenhouse gas emissions as much as 52 percent by the end of this decade, a pledge that would require fast and far-reaching changes to American life, from how people power their homes to the cars they drive. The highly anticipated announcement roughly doubles a target set by President Barack Obama in 2015 as part of the Paris climate accord, by vowing the nation will reduce its emissions between 50 and 52 percent by 2030 compared with 2005 levels. Biden plans to formalize the goal in a submission to the United Nations, the White House said. [ read more … ]

Biden Administration

Biden Wants to Slash Emissions. Success Would Mean a Very Different America.

By Brad Plumer, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-04-22 15:06:20

President Biden’s new pledge to slash America’s greenhouse gas emissions over the coming decade is long on ambition and short on specifics, but experts say that success would require rapid and sweeping changes to virtually every corner of the nation’s economy, transforming the way Americans drive to work, heat their homes and operate their factories. In several recent studies, researchers have explored what a future America might look like if it wants to achieve Mr. Biden’s new climate goal: Cutting the nation’s planet-warming emissions at least 50 percent below 2005 levels by the year 2030. [ read more … ]

Biden: U.S. must boost EV production to surpass China

By Reuters  •    •  Posted 2021-04-22 15:07:48

President Joe Biden said on Tuesday the United States must ramp up production of electric vehicles to catch up with and then surpass China after he virtually toured an electric bus and battery manufacturing plant on Tuesday. “We have a lot of catching up to do but we’re going to be in a position where we ought to own the future,” Biden said during the tour. “We ought to be the single most significant suppliers of electric buses and vehicles in the world before it’s over. Right now, we’re running way behind China.” [ read more … ]

Vehicle Efficiency Standards

Biden Administration Moves to Unwind Trump Auto-Emissions Policy

By Timothy Puko, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2021-04-22 15:06:54

The Biden administration is moving to end a legal battle with California over the state’s authority to regulate motor-vehicle emissions, setting the stage for stricter regulations on the auto industry, according to people briefed on those plans. Administration officials could announce their first steps as early as Friday, these people said, as President Biden concludes a two-day international summit via videoconference to address climate change. It would be the latest in a series of efforts to unwind Trump administration policies that eased environmental rules. [ read more … ]

Markets

Energy Giants Ditch Oil and Coal Projects. Smaller Rivals Want Them.

By David Hodari, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2021-04-22 15:08:14

For the big companies, these sales generate funds typically used to pay down debt and help them make the case that they are unloading polluting projects as they face growing investor pressure to map out their future in a lower-carbon economy. But, these projects—and their emissions—aren’t going away. Instead, they are being managed by smaller players that often face less environmental scrutiny. Buyers are also betting their fossil-fuel projects have plenty of room to run. [ read more … ]

EVs

Sales of Electrified Vehicles Jump Up 81% in the First Quarter of 2021

By Mark Schirmer, Cox Automotive  •    •  Posted 2021-04-22 15:07:15

According to an analysis of the U.S. auto market by Cox Automotive and Kelley Blue Book, sales growth of both electric and hybrid vehicles outpaced overall market performance in the first quarter of 2021. Electrified vehicles – automobiles featuring large battery packs and electric motors in the propulsion system – accounted for 7.8% of the total U.S. market, up from 4.8% in Q1 2020.   [ read more … ]

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