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April 26, 2021

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Halting the Vast Release of Methane Is Critical for Climate, U.N. Says

By Hiroko Tabuchi, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-04-26 15:59:38

The United States Senate is expected to vote this week to reverse President Donald J. Trump’s effort to unravel restrictions on methane emissions that had been put in place during the Obama administration. If the Senate does vote to reverse the policy, it could become the first official reinstatement of one of the many climate regulations that Mr. Trump weakened during his administration.

“Methane gets less attention than its big bad brother, carbon dioxide, but in truth methane is like carbon dioxide on steroids,” Senator Chuck Schumer, the majority leader, said on Thursday. [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

‘Insanely cheap energy’: how solar power continues to shock the world

By Royce Kurmelovs, The Guardian  •    •  Posted 2021-04-26 15:57:56

This rapid radical reduction in the price of PV solar is a story about Chinese industrial might backed by American capital, fanned by European political sensibilities and made possible largely thanks to the pioneering work of an Australian research team. The deep history begins with a succession of US presidents and the quest for energy independence. First was Richard Nixon, who in November 1973 announced Project Independence to wean the US off Middle Eastern oil. Then came Jimmy Carter, who declared the energy transition the “moral equivalent of war” in April 1977 and pumped billions of dollars into renewable energy research, which came to a screeching halt when Ronald Reagan came to power. [ read more … ]

Proposed Climate Policies

Governors on board with Biden’s climate goals

BY MATTHEW CHOI AND KELSEY TAMBORRINO, Politico  •    •  Posted 2021-04-26 16:00:45

A bipartisan group of two dozen governors all committed to working toward Biden’s climate goals of eliminating emissions by 50-52 percent from 2005 levels by 2030 and reach net-zero emissions by 2050. The group, dubbed the U.S. Climate Alliance, includes the governors of 55 percent of the U.S. population and states that produce about 40 percent of U.S. emissions. [ read more … ]

Biden working group targets jobs for fossil fuel communities

By CUNEYT DIL, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2021-04-26 16:00:23

Republican West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice, a businessman with investments in coal companies, said he opposed Biden’s plan to speed up the reduction of coal use but said, “at the same time, with our diversification and where we’re going in West Virginia, we’ll be okay.” Others are more supportive of Biden’s efforts. The nation’s largest coal miners’ union said Monday it would accept the president’s plan to move away from coal and other fossil fuels in exchange for a “true energy transition” that includes thousands of jobs in renewable energy and spending on technology to make coal cleaner. [ read more … ]

Granholm announces goal to make hydrogen power, EV batteries more affordable

By Rachel Frazin, The Hill  •    •  Posted 2021-04-26 16:01:40

Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm on Friday announced new goals to lower the cost of clean energy and other climate change technologies, including reducing the cost of hydrogen and batteries for electric vehicles. In particular, Granholm said that she wants to reduce the price of hydrogen energy by 80 percent before 2030 and said this would make it “competitive with natural gas,” during remarks at the White House’s international climate summit.   [ read more … ]

States

What ratepayers will pay in subsidies for NJ’s nuclear power plants

By Tom Johnson, NJ Spotlight  •    •  Posted 2021-04-26 16:01:13

The nuclear subsidies cost the typical residential ratepayer about $70 on their annual bill. But costs escalate greatly for large users of energy, sometimes costing companies an additional $500,000 or more per year. On Tuesday, the BPU confronts the issue again at its bimonthly meeting but in a somewhat different context: Just how valuable are New Jersey’s three remaining nuclear power plants, units that provide roughly 37% of customers’ electricity and more than 90% its carbon-free electricity in the state? [ read more … ]

EVs

Three Electric S.U.V.s With Tesla in Their Sights

By Lawrence Ulrich, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-04-26 15:58:29

An electric trickle is turning into a flood: As many as 100 new E.V. models are coming to showrooms by 2025. Heavyweights including Volkswagen, General Motors and Ford are floating promises of all-electric lineups within a decade. The end times of gasoline can almost seem a fait accompli, except for one pesky issue: Even given Tesla’s strides, we’re still waiting for the first genuine E.V. sales hit, let alone a mass exodus from unleaded. [ read more … ]

Harley Unleashes the Silent E-Hogs

By Kyle Stock, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-04-26 15:58:47

Picture an open-minded, climate-concerned Harley-Davidson fan. She can now travel about 100 miles on an almost-silent hog, the company’s new all-electric LiveWire motorcycle.  The LiveWire, however, costs $29,799. Its gas-powered proxy, the Iron 883, can be had for about one-third the price and still gets more than 50 miles to a gallon. It would take our progressive road warrior some 360,000 miles of fuel to cover the spread in sticker price—and to many, she won’t sound nearly as cool while doing it. [ read more … ]

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