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June 17, 2021

Top Story

Earth is now trapping an ‘unprecedented’ amount of heat, NASA says

By Tik Root, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2021-06-17 14:59:36

The amount of heat Earth traps has roughly doubled since 2005, contributing to more rapidly warming oceans, air and land, according to new research from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. “The magnitude of the increase is unprecedented,” said Norman Loeb, a NASA scientist and lead author of the study, which was published this week in the journal Geophysical Research Letters. “The Earth is warming faster than expected.” [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

Why America Doesn’t Really Make Solar Panels Anymore

By Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic  •    •  Posted 2021-06-17 15:02:27

You wouldn’t know it today, but the silicon photovoltaic solar cell—the standard, black-and-copper solar panel you can find on suburban rooftops and solar farms—was born and raised in America. The technology was invented here. In 1954, three American engineers at Bell Labs discovered that electrons flow freely through silicon wafers when they are exposed to sunlight. It was deployed here. In 1958, the U.S. Navy bolted solar panels to Vanguard 1, the second American satellite in space. [ read more … ]

Biden Administration

Senate Democrats weigh $6T infrastructure bill, without GOP

By MARIANNE LEVINE and BURGESS EVERETT, Politico  •    •  Posted 2021-06-17 14:59:21

Senate Democrats are weighing spending as much as $6 trillion on their own infrastructure package if the chamber’s bipartisan talks fail, according to two sources familiar with the matter. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has repeatedly insisted that infrastructure talks are currently on two tracks: The first track is bipartisan, while the second track will include priorities that have no chance of getting GOP support. He huddled on Wednesday afternoon with Democratic members of the Budget Committee to discuss strategy, with no firm decision reached. [ read more … ]

Biden Pressed to Keep Climate Measures in Infrastructure Plan

By Ari Natter, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-06-17 15:00:40

The Center for American Progress and environmental groups such as the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Sierra Club are threatening to withhold their support for Democrats’ infrastructure package if it doesn’t include major investments in measures to combat climate change and promote environmental justice. “Any infrastructure package(s) or legislative action on the American Jobs Plan must prioritize bold, ambitious, and swift measures to tackle the climate crisis and address longstanding environmental injustices,” the groups said Wednesday in a letter to congressional leaders. [ read more … ]

Pressure’s on

BY MATTHEW CHOI, Politico  •    •  Posted 2021-06-17 15:01:15

Fifteen Democratic lawmakers are warning the Biden administration against taking any steps to exempt oil refiners from biofuel blending mandates under the Renewable Fuel Standard — something Biden is reportedly considering , amid pressure from unions and oil-state senators. The lawmakers, led by Midwestern Democratic Sens. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Cheri Bustos of Illinois, warn that doing so would run the risk of “directly undermin[ing] your commitment to address climate change and restore integrity to the RFS,” they wrote. [ read more … ]

Bipartisan infrastructure pitch gains steam on Capitol Hill as Biden weighs in from Europe

By Seung Min Kim and Tony Romm, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2021-06-17 15:02:10

A bipartisan group of senators sketching out an infrastructure proposal expanded their base of support Wednesday, even as they continue to haggle over how to pay for billions of dollars in new spending in line with President Biden’s vision for a massive overhaul of the nation’s public works system. The initial framework, written by the likes of Sens. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and seven other senators, falls far short of the sweeping infrastructure proposal that Biden has pitched, yet aims to try to satisfy the president’s hunger for bipartisanship. But their efforts received a big boost Wednesday, when 11 more senators joined the original 10. [ read more … ]


The Man Who Beat Shell: How an Unknown Lawyer Won Historic Suit

By Diederik Baazil and Hugo Miller, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-06-17 15:01:39

Royal Dutch Shell Plc hired a team of pricey lawyers for its defense against environmental activists in a Dutch court, and lost. A decade-old, $22 book might have upped their chances of winning. “Revolution Justified: Why Only the Law Can Save Us Now,” is no bestseller, ranking in the mid-600,000s in Amazon’s Kindle store. But the book, by environmental lawyer Roger Cox, laid out arguments that were integral to his landmark victory over the Anglo-Dutch oil giant on May 26. [ read more … ]


The United States consumed a record amount of renewable energy in 2020

By Mickey Francis, EIA  •    •  Posted 2021-06-17 15:00:26

In 2020, consumption of renewable energy in the United States grew for the fifth year in a row, reaching a record high of 11.6 quadrillion British thermal units (Btu), or 12% of total U.S. energy consumption. Renewable energy was the only source of U.S. energy consumption that increased in 2020 from 2019; fossil fuel and nuclear consumption declined. Our U.S. renewable energy consumption by source and sector chart shows how much renewable energy by source each sector consumes. [ read more … ]


Volkswagen Readies ‘Massive’ Rejig to U.S. Plans on Biden’s EV Shift

By Christoph Rauwald, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-06-17 14:59:53

Volkswagen AG is gearing up to make and sell considerably more electric vehicles in North America after U.S. President Joe Biden mapped out a $174 billion plan to accelerate the move to electric cars. The U.S. administration has created a new proposition for EVs in the market, VW brand development chief Thomas Ulbrich told reporters in Munich. [ read more … ]

How far can you go in an electric car? California needs 1.2 million charging stations

By Isabella Bloom, Sacramento Bee  •    •  Posted 2021-06-17 15:00:58

California wants to eliminate the sale of new gas-powered vehicles by 2035, but consumers worry about how far they can drive on a single charge with an electric car. Chief among drivers’ concerns is range anxiety, a fear that your vehicle will run out of range before you reach your destination, according to a survey by Consumer Reports. Drivers also worry about finding an electric charger on road trips and long commutes. Many electric vehicles today have a range of over 200 miles. The Tesla Model 3 has a range of 353 miles and the Chevy Bolt can go 259 miles on a single charge, according to each manufacturer. [ read more … ]


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