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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

July 1, 2021

Today’s Wind & Solar Energy News will not publish on Monday.  It returns on Tuesday, July 6.  Happy Independence Day.

Top Story

Here’s How Biden Aims to Increase Electric Car Sales

By Coral Davenport, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-07-01 15:43:45

The Environmental Protection Agency and the Transportation Department are expected within weeks to propose a rule that would require passenger vehicles sold by automakers to average about 51 miles per gallon of gasoline by 2026. That would be more stringent than the current standards, set by Mr. Trump, of about 44 miles per gallon by the same year, and slightly less ambitious than the rules enacted by President Barack Obama in 2012, which required roughly 51 miles per gallon by 2025. A spokesman for the E.P.A. confirmed that the White House was reviewing the draft rules to be proposed in July but declined to discuss details. [ read more … ]

Biden Administration

White House Sets Red Line Around Climate Goals in Reconciliation

By Ari Natter, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-07-01 15:44:34

Major climate measures sought by the White House that were left on the cutting room floor during infrastructure negotiations with Republicans will be non-negotiable items as the administration sets its sights on the next legislative vehicle, a White House official said Wednesday. A mandate that could require utilities across the nation to generate clean electricity and a tax-credit extension worth hundreds of billions of dollars for the wind, solar and other renewable energy industries are must-haves in a package being put together by the White House, Gina McCarthy, the White House’s domestic climate adviser said. [ read more … ]


Two national polls find declining Republican support for renewable energy

By Bill Dawson, Texas Climate News  •    •  Posted 2021-07-01 15:44:13

Polls showing Republicans’ lack of concern about climate change and opposition to actions explicitly labeled as ways to fight it have typically come with an important asterisk: Many still supported renewable energy. That last part might be changing. Now, with a Democrat in the White House promoting renewable power, two recent national surveys show Republican enthusiasm for renewables has declined notably over the past year. The results represent yet another possible sign of growing partisan polarization, in this case on already divisive climate-related issues. [ read more … ]

Are ‘Heat Pumps’ the Answer to Heat Waves? Some Cities Think So.

By Brad Plumer, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-07-01 15:45:15

As global warming fuels deadly heat waves across the country, more Americans in places like the Pacific Northwest are rushing out to buy air-conditioners for the first time. One common concern is that a surge in air-conditioning could make the planet even hotter, by increasing the need for electricity from power plants running on coal or gas, which produce emissions that drive global warming. But some energy experts, as well as cities like Denver and Berkeley, Calif., have recently started exploring a counterintuitive strategy: Soaring demand for air-conditioning might actually be a prime opportunity to reduce fossil fuel emissions and fight climate change. [ read more … ]

Exxon tapes add fuel for congressional investigators

By Nick Sobczyk and Timothy Cama, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-07-01 15:46:01

Exxon Mobil Corp. scrambled to respond yesterday to a secretive video recording that detailed the company’s lobbying practices, but the incident could be an even greater impetus for a congressional inquiry as a House subcommittee chairman continued to warn of subpoenas for top executives. “They should be under no illusion. We will subpoena if they are not cooperative, and I have spoken to a lot of people in leadership.” [ read more … ]

Shocked, shocked by our lobbyist

BY MATTHEW CHOI, Politico  •    •  Posted 2021-07-01 15:46:18

A video covertly taken by an arm of Greenpeace UK showed Exxon Mobil lobbyist Keith McCoy admitting that the company funded “shadow groups” to undermine climate policy initiatives, even as the company publicly said it was committed to fighting climate change. That drew a prompt rebuke from Exxon Chair and CEO Darren Woods, who disavowed the words of the company’s in-house lobbyist of seven years. [ read more … ]

Carbon Capture

Biden wants to pay farmers to grow carbon-capturing crops. It’s complicated.

By HELENA BOTTEMILLER EVICH and RYAN MCCRIMMON, Politico  •    •  Posted 2021-07-01 15:45:38

President Joe Biden’s goal of paying farmers and ranchers to help battle climate change is running into the reality of how complicated and costly it will be. Six months into the administration, officials have yet to unveil their plan. That’s in part because it’s logistically complex and difficult to make the economics work: While corporations are eager to buy credits that pay farmers to pull carbon dioxide out of the air and into their soil, the credits aren’t yet lucrative enough to entice enough farmers to rethink how they grow crops to maximize capturing carbon. [ read more … ]


Massachusetts’ ambitious climate law facing first tests

By STEVE LeBLANC, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2021-07-01 15:44:56

Massachusetts has turned a critical corner in its response to climate change. A sweeping law signed by Republican Gov. Charlie Baker with muted pandemic fanfare back in March officially took effect late last week, 90 days after the bill signing. Supporters say it’s now time to get down to the nitty-gritty of making sure the state meets the lofty goals of the law — like creating a net-zero greenhouse gas emission limit by 2050. [ read more … ]


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