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May 13, 2021

Top Story

Climate Change Is Making Big Problems Bigger

By Christopher Flavelle, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-05-13 14:55:30

Wildfires are bigger, and starting earlier in the year. Heat waves are more frequent. Seas are warmer, and flooding is more common. The air is getting hotter. Even ragweed pollen season is beginning sooner. Climate change is already happening around the United States, the Environmental Protection Agency said on Wednesday. And in many cases, that change is speeding up. [ read more … ]

U.S. has entered unprecedented climate territory, EPA warns

By Dino Grandoni and Brady Dennis, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2021-05-13 14:56:30

“We want to reach people in every corner of this country because there is no small town, big city or rural community that’s unaffected by the climate crisis,” Regan told reporters Wednesday. “Americans are seeing and feeling the impacts up close with increasing regularity.” EPA staffers said the data detail how the nation has entered unprecedented territory, in which climate effects are more visible, changing faster and becoming more extreme. Collectively, the indicators present “multiple lines of evidence that climate change is occurring now and here in the U.S., affecting public health and the environment,” the agency said. [ read more … ]

Wind & Solar Energy

How Wind and Solar Power Got the Best of the Pandemic

By Nathaniel Bullard, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-05-13 14:55:54

Global recessions, wars, and (yes) pandemics have a way of driving down energy demand. Last year, the International Energy Agency said the collapse in global primary energy demand brought on by Covid-19 was the biggest drop since the end of World War II, itself the biggest drop since the influenza pandemic after World War I. Something was different about this collapse, though, something that is not only unprecedented but until recently impossible in global energy. As the IEA’s latest data shows, renewable energy grew last year, and it was the only energy source that did so as consumption of gas, oil, and coal all declined. Renewables were not just an energy growth sector; they were the only energy growth sector. [ read more … ]

Biden Administration

Biden Administration to Repeal Trump Rule Aimed at Curbing E.P.A.’s Power

By Lisa Friedman, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-05-13 14:54:54

The Biden administration on Thursday moved to repeal a Trump-era regulation that it said weakened the government’s ability to curb air pollution that threatens public health and is driving climate change. Critics said the regulation distorted the costs of reducing air pollution while diminishing the associated benefits. It is one of several Trump administration policies that have been reversed by Michael S. Regan since he became the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency in March.
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660+ Groups Call on Democrats to ‘Reject Gas and Other False Climate Solutions’ for Clean Energy Standard

By Jessica Corbett, Common Dreams  •    •  Posted 2021-05-13 14:58:14

With federal lawmakers and the White House working on a historic infrastructure package, more than 660 progressive groups on Wednesday demanded that top Democrats in Congress “reject gas and other false climate solutions” and instead push for a total transition to renewable energy to address the global climate emergency. [ read more … ]

Colonial Pipeline

Colonial Pipeline Paid Hackers Nearly $5 Million in Ransom

By William Turton and Michael Riley, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-05-13 14:56:15

Colonial Pipeline Co. paid nearly $5 million to Eastern European hackers on Friday, contradicting reports earlier this week that the company had no intention of paying an extortion fee to help restore the country’s largest fuel pipeline, according to two people familiar with the transaction. The company paid the hefty ransom in untraceable cryptocurrency within hours after the attack, underscoring the immense pressure faced by the Georgia-based operator to get gasoline and jet fuel flowing again to major cities along the Eastern Seaboard, those people sai [ read more … ]

Low Carbon Fuel Standard

California clean fuel standard sparks renewable gas boom in Midwest

By Frank Jossi, Energy New Network  •    •  Posted 2021-05-13 14:57:22

California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard is driving the development of dairy farm biogas projects in the Midwest, with dozens of projects worth millions of dollars each underway across the region. Twenty years ago, Holsum Dairies installed the first anaerobic digester in Wisconsin. Part of a combined heat and power system, the digester mixed cow manure with heat and bacteria to produce biogas that fueled a generator. [ read more … ]

EVs

Bottom Drops Out of the Red-Hot Market for Electric Vehicle Start-Ups

By Neal E. Boudette and Matthew Goldstein, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-05-13 14:55:13

Lordstown Motors is one of a dozen electric vehicle start-ups that have wowed investors with big plans to revolutionize the auto industry. It won acclaim for taking over a plant whose shutdown by General Motors drew the wrath of President Donald J. Trump. But Lordstown seems far from achieving its goal of churning out electric pickup trucks starting in September and becoming a challenger to G.M. and Ford Motor. [ read more … ]

Push to electrify mail trucks gains wide support, an unlikely win for both DeJoy and Biden

By Jacob Bogage, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2021-05-13 14:56:43

House Democratic leaders are lining up behind a White House push to allocate $8 billion in taxpayer funding for the latest iteration of mail truck, paving the way for a fully electric fleet instead of the piecemeal strategy U.S. Postal Service leaders have been pursuing. The agency, which is generally self-sustaining and does not draw public money, has drawn up a bootstrap plan for new vehicles — the vast majority of which would run on gas — as it wrestles with $188.4 billion in liabilities and faces years of projected losses. The lawmakers’ plan would relieve the agency of the truck expense while significantly advancing one of President Biden’s key sustainability objectives. [ read more … ]

 

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