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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

May 20, 2021

Top Story

Ford’s High-Stakes Electric F-150 Will Start Under $40,000

By Keith Naughton, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-05-20 15:29:03

Ford is looking to improve the odds of making the Lightning a hit. It has set the starting price at just under $40,000 — about the same as a gas-powered F-150 — and created a cavernous “frunk,” or front truck. At the touch of a button on the key fob, the hood and grille lift to reveal more than 14 cubic feet of space that can handle 400 pounds of cargo. It features a deep well with a drain for iced beverages. [ read more … ]

Biden Administration

Kerry says US examining carbon border tax, sees risks

By FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2021-05-20 15:28:28

U.S. climate envoy John Kerry said Tuesday that Washington is looking into the possibility of introducing a fee on imports from countries that don’t tax heavy polluters, but he cautioned that such a move could carry risks “downstream.” Kerry said President Joe Biden had instructed U.S. officials to examine “what are the consequences, how do you do the pricing, what is the impact.” [ read more … ]

Climate Litigation

Climate Cases Face More Delay After Big Oil’s High Court Win

By Ellen M. Gilmer and Jennifer Hijazi, Bloomberg Law  •    •  Posted 2021-05-20 15:28:47

Exxon Mobil Corp. and other oil and gas companies gained fresh tools to block high-stakes climate litigation from advancing in states across the country after winning a procedural fight at the U.S. Supreme Court. The justices on Monday ruled that a lower court should have reviewed an array of industry arguments for shifting a Baltimore climate case from state to federal judges. The upshot for everyone involved in climate litigation: more procedural wrangling and further delay. [ read more … ]

Clean Energy

Ancient Swedish Hamlet Holds Lessons for Future of Clean Power

By Lars Paulsson, Jess Shankleman and Jesper Starn, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-05-20 15:30:29

A thousand-year-old Swedish village could become a blueprint for local energy grids of the future. Simris, with a population of about 200, has shown that operating independently from the national grid is technologically possible. Villagers use locally produced renewable energy stored in freezer-sized batteries in their homes. [ read more … ]

How a pro-coal Republican became a climate deal-maker

By Nick Sobczyk, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2021-05-20 15:31:26

“In our legislation, we get to 80% reduction of CO2,” McKinley said. “Is it 100%? No, but Ronald Reagan said if you get 80% of what you want, you got to take it.” The bill is among the most significant bipartisan efforts to tackle greenhouse gas emissions, and it puts McKinley in an unusual position within a Republican Party simultaneously dealing with the far-right fringe and struggling to develop a coherent set of policies on climate change. If he’s able to keep one of West Virginia’s two remaining seats after redistricting this year, McKinley could be a key energy and environmental deal-maker for Republicans in the tumultuous political years to come. [ read more … ]

Markets

The Oil That Cooked Your Fries Is Now Refueling Your Aircraft

By Kati Pohjanpalo, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-05-20 15:28:05

Neste Oyj is betting that sustainable aviation fuel, SAF, will appeal to businesses eager to cut carbon emissions. The company also expects the fuel’s higher price won’t be an obstacle, as post-pandemic air travel resumes with a more climate-conscious mindset. “People will start flying again, but then they want to fly in a more sustainable way,” Chief Executive Officer Peter Vanacker said in an interview. “Just like we did with renewable diesel, we are creating this market.” [ read more … ]

Colonial Pipeline

After Colonial Pipeline Crisis, Roughly Three-Quarters of the Public Is Worried About Current, Future Gas Prices

BY LISA MARTINE JENKINS, Morning Consult  •    •  Posted 2021-05-20 15:29:19

While the share of the public who say they would be likely to consider purchasing an EV in the next decade saw a jump in the early months of the year — coinciding with a large marketing push from major automakers pivoting to electric vehicles, as well as frequent encouragement from President Joe Biden — that interest seems to have plateaued, even in light of recent gas shortages.  [ read more … ]

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