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June 14, 2021

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G7 Nations Take Aggressive Climate Action but Hold Back on Coal

By Michael D. Shear, Lisa Friedman and Catrin Einhorn, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-06-14 15:28:23

President Biden joined with leaders of the world’s wealthiest nations on Sunday to take action aimed at holding down global temperatures, but failed to set a firm end date on the burning of coal, which is a primary contributor to global warming. Mr. Biden and six other leaders of the Group of 7 nations promised to cut collective emissions in half by 2030 and to try to stem the rapid extinctionof animals and plants, calling it an “equally important existential threat.” They agreed that by next year they would stop international funding for any coal project that lacked technology to capture and store carbon dioxide emissions and vowed to achieve an “overwhelmingly decarbonized” electricity sector by the end of the decade. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Offshore Wind Power A Centerpiece Of US Department Of Energy’s Power Plans

By U.S. Department of Energy  •    •  Posted 2021-06-14 15:26:53

The U.S. Department of Energy and the White House have made offshore wind a centerpiece of plans to strengthen the nation’s energy infrastructure, announcing a goal to deploy 30 gigawatts of offshore wind by 2030 — a huge leap from the 42 megawatts (MW) currently in operation. Not only could this provide enough electricity to power 10 million American homes and cut carbon dioxide emissions by 78 million metric tons, it could also support as many as 77,000 new jobs. [ read more … ]

Biden Administration

Go green or go bipartisan? Biden’s big infrastructure choice

By LISA MASCARO and MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2021-06-14 15:28:43

President Joe Biden’s hopes of channeling billions of dollars into green infrastructure investments to fight climate change are running into the political obstacle of winning over Republican lawmakers who oppose that approach as unnecessary, excessive spending. As negotiations unfold in Congress in search of a bipartisan deal, the White House’s ability to ensure a climate focus in Biden’s sweeping infrastructure package is becoming daunting — so much so that key Democrats are warning the administration to quit negotiating with Republicans, calling it a waste of time that will produce no viable compromise. [ read more … ]


13 Refineries Emit Dangerous Benzene Emissions That Exceed the EPA’s ‘Action Level,’ a Study Finds

By Aman Azhar, Inside Climate News  •    •  Posted 2021-06-14 15:29:42

The day is etched in Lemont Taylor’s memory unlike any other. He met his doctor on Dec. 14, 2014 to go over lab results from an earlier visit. A few minutes and a couple dozen words later, Taylor’s life had changed. “I was told I had stage four bladder cancer and 30 percent chances of survival,” he recalled. “I was in shock.”     [ read more … ]


Looming California Heat Wave May Strain Electricity Supplies

By David R Baker, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-06-14 15:27:58

“Triple-digit heat” is expected to begin Tuesday and last through June 18, though it’s not expected to trigger rolling blackouts like those that left more than a million Californians in the dark last August, the California Independent System Operator said Friday. Demand for electricity will likely surge enough that the agency advised power plant operators to defer scheduled maintenance, starting Wednesday afternoon. [ read more … ]


How Japan’s Big Bet on Hydrogen Could Revolutionize the Energy Market

By Phred Dvorak and photographs by Go Takayama, The Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2021-06-14 15:30:05

Japan built the world’s third-largest economy on an industrial base powered by imported oil, gas and coal. Now, it is planning to shift a big chunk of that power to hydrogen, in one of the world’s biggest bets on an energy source long dismissed as too costly and inefficient to be realistic. [ read more … ]


G-7 Drops Aim to Shift New Car Sales Away from Oil By 2030

By Josh Wingrove and Alberto Nardelli, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-06-14 15:27:28

Group of Seven nations backed away from plans to set a target for making sure most new cars sold are greener vehicles, instead pledging only speed up efforts to move away from combustion engines. In the final communique Sunday, the bloc include an autos section that was far more modest than earlier versions being discussed. It pledged to do more to electrify the transport sector but didn’t set firm target dates. [ read more … ]

GM, Ford are all-in on EVs. Here’s how their dealers feel about it

By Bob Woods, CNBC  •    •  Posted 2021-06-14 15:29:02

After years of come-and-gone predictions that battery-powered sedans, pickups and SUVs would replace gas-guzzling, emissions-spewing models, the shift to electric vehicles is revving up. Beyond EV pioneer and market leader Tesla, virtually every major auto manufacturer is lining up to flip the e-switch and it is not just a big deal for consumers, but the thousands of auto dealerships across the country that will need to embrace the electric future. [ read more … ]


FERC redy for you transmission

BY MATTHEW CHOI, Politico  •    •  Posted 2021-06-14 15:29:22

FERC’s open meeting on Thursday will feature the commission’s first baby steps on resetting transmission policy. The commission will launch new dockets aimed at improving collaboration with the states, which play a key role in siting the long lines Chair Rich Glick says will be needed to bring more renewables into the grid [ read more … ]

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