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June 29, 2021

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Analysis: When do electric vehicles become cleaner than gasoline cars?

By Paul Lienert, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2021-06-29 16:26:41

You glide silently out of the Tesla showroom in your sleek new electric Model 3, satisfied you’re looking great and doing your bit for the planet. But keep going – you’ll have to drive another 13,500 miles before you’re doing less harm to the environment than a gas-guzzling saloon. That’s the result of a Reuters analysis of data from a model that calculates the lifetime emissions of vehicles, a hotly debated issue that’s taking center stage as governments around the world push for greener transport to meet climate targets. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

NJ set to award second massive offshore wind project

By Tom Johnson, NJ Spotlight News  •    •  Posted 2021-06-29 16:36:30

In a decision that could make New Jersey a leader in wind power, the state is poised to award a deal for the second-largest procurement of new offshore turbine projects yet to be developed anywhere in the U.S. The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities is scheduled Wednesday to award projects to one or two developers of offshore wind projects that could triple the output of such projects being built off the coast, primarily in waters off Atlantic City and southern Jersey.
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Clean Energy ETFs Take a Hit, but Money Keeps Flowing In

By Michael Wursthorn, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2021-06-29 16:27:58

Investors have lost a bundle this year betting on solar-panel and wind-turbine makers. Their response: to double down. A year ago, green stocks and the funds that track them rallied tremendously after the market’s recovery from a pandemic-induced swoon. Solar-panel and wind-turbine companies were among firms benefiting from a surge of investor- and consumer-driven demand for renewables, despite many being small unprofitable ventures. [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

Zapping Behind

BY MATTHEW CHOI, Politico  •    •  Posted 2021-06-29 16:25:03

Biden’s infrastructure investments could help the U.S. close the gap with Europe and China in the global EV race. The U.S. is the third largest producer for light duty EVs, but the gap is widening due to exponential growth in Europe and China, according to a new report by the International Council on Clean Transportation — the same group that conducted the report at the heart of the Volkswagen emissions scandal.  [ read more … ]

Biden Administration

As Infrastructure Deal Gathers Steam, Democratic Cracks Begin to Show

By Jonathan Weisman, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-06-29 16:25:48

Liberal House Democrats, squeezed between President Biden’s personal lobbying for a bipartisan infrastructure deal and their own ambitions for a far more expansive domestic agenda, are warning that they will not hesitate to bring down the accord without action on their long-sought priorities. The brewing fight, which pits progressives against moderates more aligned with the president’s tactics, is exposing cracks in the party’s fragile strategy for enacting its economic plans. [ read more … ]

Biden Takes Agenda to Rural U.S. Where Trump Fans Abound

By Mike Dorning, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-06-29 16:26:26

American agriculture is on track for one of its best years this century as soaring exports to China boost corn, soybean and wheat prices. Yet President Joe Biden and the Democratic Party are facing major political challenges in farming regions like the rolling pasture land of southwest Wisconsin, where he travels Tuesday to promote a bipartisan deal on infrastructure that would have benefits for agriculture and rural America.
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Money where your month is

BY MATTHEW CHOI, Politico  •    •  Posted 2021-06-29 16:28:19

After the will-he-won’t-he veto scare of last weekend, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell isn’t satisfied with President Joe Biden’s reiterated commitment to the bipartisan infrastructure proposal on Saturday. The Kentucky Republican also wants his Democratic counterparts, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, to unlink the bipartisan deal from their ambitious legislative agenda that they plan to push via reconciliation. [ read more … ]

Can Biden Get a Coal-State Democrat on Board With His Climate Agenda?

By Giovanni Russonello, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-06-29 16:28:37

It was Mr. Manchin’s insistence on finding bipartisan compromise that scuttled the White House’s hopes of passing the American Jobs Plan through the process of budgetary reconciliation, which would remove the need for Republican votes. Now that Mr. Manchin and a crew of moderate senators have hammered out a compromise on infrastructure, it remains to be seen whether he will support an ambitious, Democrats-only proposal to reel in fossil fuels. [ read more … ]

Blackouts

Ruthless Heat Wave Baking U.S. Northwest Triggers First Blackout

by Mark Chediak, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-06-29 16:25:27

The unrelenting heat wave that shattered temperature records across the U.S. Pacific Northwest on Monday and threatens to smother the region for another six straight days has begun to trigger rolling blackouts in some parts. For the first time in the company’s history, Avista Corp. — which supplies electricity to nearly 340,000 homes and businesses in the Northwest — instituted rotating outages after parts of its system overloaded. The blackouts, which were affecting about 9,300 customers late Monday, are expected to last into Tuesday. Across all of Washington and Oregon, more than 30,000 customers were in the dark, according to PowerOutage.US, which compilesutility outage data. [ read more … ]

Markets

How Tax Breaks for Fossil Fuel Companies Inflated Profits for Oil and Gas Drilling

By Kate Aronoff, New Republic  •    •  Posted 2021-06-29 16:26:08

During infrastructure negotiations, Republicans have been eager to frame any and all green spending as a wasteful add-on that picks winners and stifles competition. But the United States already picks winners—and a new report from the Stockholm Environmental Institute, a nonprofit think tank, provides one of the first-ever estimates for just how much these subsidies have been worth to one of the world’s most harmful industries. By boosting projected earnings by billions of dollars a year, government policy has been meddling in supposedly free markets—and driving up emissions—for years. Strikingly, the researchers estimate that these tax breaks are worth billions more to firms than the government itself admits. [ read more … ]

How Last Century’s Oil Wells Are Messing With Texas Right Now

By Sergio Chapa, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-06-29 16:36:57

Ashley Watt is nothing if not a friend of fracking. She’s invested in mines that supply the sand frackers blast into the ground. Her family owns a ranch larger than Manhattan that’s home to hundreds of oil and natural gas wells. Her Twitter handle is “Frac Sand Baroness.” That’s what made it all the more jarring almost three weeks ago when Watt began publicly railing against one particular oil driller for leaks on her land. Noxious wastewater from oil drilling began leaching across the ground, endangering people and livestock. By her count, the pollution has killed four cows and two calves so far. [ read more … ]

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