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May 31, 2021

Top Story

A Look at What’s Inside Biden’s $6 Trillion Budget Request

By Brad Plumer, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-05-31 09:22:45

The budget also proposes $10 billion in tax credits for trucks that do not produce planet-warming emissions, such as those powered by batteries or hydrogen, as well as $6.6 billion for cleaner jet fuels and $23 billion to incentivize new electric transmission lines that can transport wind and solar power from far-flung regions in the country. And it proposes to spend $23 billion over the next decade on tax credits for companies that install “carbon capture” technology at power plants or factories. [ read more … ]

Wind & Solar Energy

Where Wind and Solar Power Need to Grow for America to Meet Its Goals

By Veronica Penney, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-05-31 09:20:40

President Biden has promised to sharply reduce America’s planet-warming carbon emissions, which means changes to the country’s energy system may reshape landscapes and coastlines around the country. [ read more … ]

Climate Litigation

Climate Ruling Could Force Big Change at Shell

By Sarah McFarlane, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2021-05-31 09:21:12

To comply with a Dutch court order to cut carbon emissions, Royal Dutch Shell RDS.A -0.82% PLC may have to overhaul its business and cut its oil output faster than it had planned, analysts and investors said. Potential ways to curb emissions include selling assets, rethinking exploration spending and halting growth of its liquefied-natural gas operations, they said. [ read more … ]

Three Exxon refineries top the list of U.S. polluters

By Tim Mclaughlin, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2021-05-31 09:21:49

Exxon Mobil’s U.S. oil refineries pump out far more lung-damaging soot than similarly-sized facilities operated by rivals, according to regulatory documents and a Reuters analysis of pollution test results. The Texas-based firm’s three largest refineries – two in Texas and one in Louisiana – are the nation’s top three emitters of small particulate matter, according to the analysis of the latest tests submitted to regulators by the nation’s 10 largest refineries.
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Biden Administration

Democrats’ divisions haunt clean electricity standard

By Scott Waldman, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2021-05-31 09:19:42

As President Biden’s climate-focused infrastructure plan lurches through tense congressional negotiations, one of his toughest battles may be how he defines clean energy. Democrats are racing to decarbonize the electrical grid by 2035. But there is disagreement among progressive and moderate groups on the left over what path to take. It’s a division that Biden will have to bridge if he hopes to pass the centerpiece of his climate plan: a clean electricity standard. [ read more … ]

EVs

Electric car US tax credit proposed to $12,500, less for Tesla vehicles

By Fred Lambert, Electrek  •    •  Posted 2021-05-31 09:21:28

Ever since the Biden administration took over, there have been several legislative efforts to reform the US electric vehicle incentive program. President Biden himself confirmed that electric vehicles would get support bysetting aside $174 billion for them in his infrastructure proposal. However, it hasn’t been clear exactly what form the federal EV incentive reform would take.
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Blackouts

The Texas Grid Came Close to an Even Bigger Disaster During February Freeze

By Rebecca Smith, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2021-05-31 09:20:08

The Texas electric grid came within five minutes of a complete collapse in mid-February. The problem could have been much worse. A little-known network designed to jolt the grid back to life wasn’t working properly. Texas grid operators, like their counterparts all over the country, rely on standby generators called “black starts.” Their job is to rescue the grid by supplying electricity to power plants so they can restart after a grid failure—roughly akin to jump-starting a car with a dead battery. [ read more … ]

 

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