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June 21, 2021

Top Story

Bipartisan Infrastructure Talks Collide With Democrats’ Goal to Tax the Rich

By Jonathan Weisman, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-06-21 16:09:15

In most years, the notion that Congress could pass a $1.2 trillion plan to fix the nation’s bridges, highways, tunnels and rail lines without raising taxes would be a politician’s dream, a vision of endless ribbon-cuttings with no angry cries of “tax and spend.” But that pitch, by a group of senators negotiating a bipartisan infrastructure deal, is receiving a hostile reception from many Democrats who favor a package five times as large, to be paid for in part with at least $2.5 trillion in new taxes. It is not just a much larger economic package they want; they also see a rare opportunity to harness the political popularity of infrastructure spending to achieve their long-held policy goal of raising taxes on the rich. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Bird law complicates Biden’s offshore wind push

By Heather Richards, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2021-06-21 16:08:55

President Biden’s plan to dramatically expand offshore wind power within a decade could come at a hefty price: the accidental killing of many migratory birds.

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Solar Energy

Weaning off China

BY MATTHEW CHOI, Politico  •    •  Posted 2021-06-21 16:06:55

The Biden administration is mulling a ban on polysilicon imports from Xinjiang, responding to calls to confront allegations of forced labor and other human rights violations against Muslim ethnic minorities in the Chinese autonomous region, POLITICO’s Kelsey Tamborrino and Gavin Bade report. The ban would grant Customs and Border Protection authority to seize the crucial solar components at ports if it suspects they were made with forced labor. [ read more … ]

Biden Administration

Schumer vows to only pass infrastructure package that is ‘a strong, bold climate bill’

By Zack Budryk, The Hill  •    •  Posted 2021-06-21 16:08:29

Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) vowed he “will not pass” an infrastructure package that removes the climate provisions of President Biden’s American Jobs Act. “Here’s what I want to assure people: I will not pass an infrastructure package that first doesn’t reduce carbon pollution at the scale commensurate with the climate crisis. We are gonna have a strong, bold climate bill,” Schumer said Wednesday night during a town hall organized by New York’s Working Families Party. [ read more … ]

EVs

Exclusive: China’s electric vehicle edge

BY MATTHEW CHOI, Politico  •    •  Posted 2021-06-21 16:07:35

 In addition to transitioning to solar, Biden has also emphasized electric vehicles as core to his climate goals. But while lawmakers are going back and forth to craft legislation on exactly what the federal government should do for the industry , China is turning to the same playbook it developed after the 2009 financial crisis to lock in its EV dominance.  A new report consultancy Horizon Advisory— the same firm that helped shed light on forced labor in the solar supply chain — details how China has moved into the lead on everything from critical mineral inputs to battery production to vehicle manufacturing and increasingly to EV brands.  [ read more … ]

Bipartisan $973B infrastructure proposal alarms EV advocates with annual surcharge on vehicles

By Robert Walton, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2021-06-21 16:07:47

A bipartisan group of 21 senators has recommended an annual surcharge on electric vehicles (EV), among other measures, to help pay for $579 billion in new infrastructure spending. The proposal, which has alarmed EV advocates. The EV surcharge is part of a broader $973 billion infrastructure proposal backed by 10 Democrats and 11 Republicans. [ read more … ]

Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill Could Lose Gas-Tax Rise, Senator Says

By Yuka Hayashi and Andrew Duehren, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2021-06-21 16:08:10

A proposed infrastructure spending plan may be hammered out without a measure raising the gasoline tax, a key Republican lawmaker said Sunday, suggesting the removal of an obstacle to a nearly $1 trillion infrastructure plan pushed by a bipartisan group of lawmakers. Sen. Rob Portman (R., Ohio), one of the lead Republicans in the group, said a higher gasoline tax may not be in the final package, citing opposition from the Biden administration. [ read more … ]

Markets

Big Oil Takes a Beating, but Its Investors Are Riding High

By Jeff Sommer, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-06-21 16:10:07

It has been a terrible several weeks for big oil companies like Exxon Mobil, Chevron and Royal Dutch Shell, which have been rebuked in proxy fights, the courts and a landmark public report, all pressuring them to do much more to stop climate change. Yet it has also been a glorious stretch for investors in energy, the best-performing sector in the stock market this year. [ read more … ]

Why Hydrogen Is the Hottest Thing in Green Energy

By Vanessa Dezen, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-06-21 16:10:29

Solar panels and wind turbines can’t clean up everything. Making steel, for instance, calls for higher temperatures than traditional electric furnaces can deliver. That’s why plans for blunting climate change now envision a big role for hydrogen in curbing industrial emissions and for powering cars, trucks and ships. So-called green hydrogen is essentially emissions free. But meeting the ambitious plans being made for it means building a giant industry almost from scratch. [ read more … ]

Commentary

Utility-scale solar energy can be a tool for conservation, economic development

By Kerri Johannsen and Cody Smith, The Gazette  •    •  Posted 2021-06-21 16:09:48

As Iowa begins writing the next chapter of our clean energy future, Linn County has arisen as an attractive location for renewable energy projects, such as utility-scale solar. In light of the public dialogue surrounding potential solar energy projects in Linn County, it is important to note that these projects can be both a tool for promoting economic development and investing in the conservation of our natural resources, namely soil and water. [ read more … ]

 

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