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July 14, 2021

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Democrats Propose $3.5 Trillion Budget to Advance With Infrastructure Deal

By Emily Cochrane, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-07-14 11:14:46

op Democrats announced on Tuesday evening that they had reached agreement on an expansive $3.5 trillion budget blueprint, including plans to pour money into addressing climate change and expanding Medicare among an array of other Democratic priorities, that they plan to advance alongside a bipartisan infrastructure deal. Combined with nearly $600 billion in new spending on physical infrastructure contained in the bipartisan plan, which omits many of Democrats’ highest ambitions, the measure is intended to deliver on President Biden’s $4 trillion economic proposal. [ read more … ]

Biden Administration

Biden Climate Czar Vows Clean-Energy Edict If Congress Fails

By Jennifer A Dlouhy, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-07-14 11:13:19

Congress should enact a clean-electricity standard that forces utilities to pare greenhouse gas emissions, but if lawmakers fail to deliver, the administration is prepared to act on its own, President Joe Biden’s climate chief told Bloomberg. A clean-electricity mandate is critical for catalyzing emissions reductions, White House National Climate Adviser Gina McCarthy said during a taped discussionfor the Bloomberg Sustainable Business Summit that opened Tuesday. But she refused to say the requirement is a must-have ingredient in a broad tax-and-spending bill meant to build on a bipartisan infrastructure package. [ read more … ]


How an Oregon wildfire almost derailed California’s power grid

By Sammy Roth, Los Angeles Times   •    •  Posted 2021-07-14 11:15:31

Warning of “extreme temperatures across much of California,” officials urged the state’s tens of millions of residents to use less electricity the next evening, to make sure power demand didn’t outstrip supply and cause the lights to go out. It was the third Flex Alert of a young summer that’s felt more like August or September as heat waves shatter records and wildfires devour the landscape, symptoms of a climate in chaos. And unlike the first two calls for energy conservation, this one would nearly bring the Golden State’s electric grid to its knees — all because of a wildfire in southern Oregon. [ read more … ]

Europe Plans Aggressive New Laws to Phase Out Fossil Fuels

By Somini Sengupta, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-07-14 11:14:04

European officials are preparing to introduce ambitious legislation designed to wean one of the world’s biggest and most polluting economies off fossil fuels far more quickly than other nations have pledged to do. The proposals could include phasing out coal as an electricity source as well as imposing tariffs on polluting imports — an idea with the potential to set off global trade disputes. The European Commission’s package of around a dozen legislative proposals, expected on Wednesday, is designed to swiftly reduce the emissions of planet-warming gases and meet an ambitious climate goal, already enshrined in law: The 27-nation bloc has said it will cut its emissions of greenhouse gases by 55 percent by 2030, compared to 1990 levels. [ read more … ]


Hydrogen Is One Answer to Climate Change. Getting It Is the Hard Part.

By Stanley Reed and Jack Ewing, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-07-14 11:13:47

Rachel Smith has lived through green hydrogen’s bumpy journey from scientists’ dream to an industry that may be on the verge of a commercial breakthrough. An engineer, she started out two decades ago working in a converted barn on early devices for making the clean-burning gas. Now she is part of a team racing to build giant machines that will use electricity to separate hydrogen from water for major companies like Royal Dutch Shell and Orsted, the Danish offshore wind developer.
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Battery Storage

Energy Department Targets Vastly Cheaper Batteries to Clean Up the Grid

By Brad Plumer, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-07-14 11:14:36

The Energy Department on Wednesday announced a new effort to tackle one of the toughest technical challenges facing President Biden’s push for an electric grid dominated by solar and wind power — namely, what to do when the sun stops shining and the wind stops blowing. The government is chasing a promising but uncertain solution: a low-cost way to store electricity generated by the sun or wind for hours, days or even weeks at a time, saving it for when it’s most needed. That goes far beyond what current batteries can do. While dozens of companies are working on different ideas for so-called “long-duration energy storage,” most are still too expensive to be useful. [ read more … ]


Oil Edges Lower As Market Awaits Delayed EIA Data

By Jill R Shan, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-07-14 11:15:09

Oil dipped as the market awaited delayed weekly U.S. government data and Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were said to resolve the standoff that has prevented additional supply from OPEC+. Futures fell as much as 1.6% in New York on Wednesday. Weekly petroleum data from the Energy Information Agency was delayed until 11:30 am, according to the agency. [ read more … ]



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