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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

July 19, 2021

Top Story

Democrats’ Budget Would Finance Sweeping Clean-Energy Plan

By Timothy Puko, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2021-07-19 16:02:48

The $3.5 trillion budget plan from congressional Democrats would finance a far-reaching transition to cleaner power, but it is expected to face opposition from parts of the energy industry and their industrial customers over provisions likely to raise their costs. The plan calls for paying money to utilities that make a fast transition to cleaner fuels—and levying financial penalties for those that move slowly, one of several largely untested programs in the package. Others include tariffs on imports based on their production’s greenhouse-gas emissions, and creating first-of-their-kind fines on oil-and-gas producers for leaking greenhouse gases into the atmosphere from their wells, pipes and tanks. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Unions will help build Vineyard Wind, a win for McCarthy

By Benjamin Storrow, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-07-19 16:04:57

Gina McCarthy was a midlevel Massachusetts bureaucrat when a developer first proposed building an offshore wind farm south of Cape Cod in 2000. Two decades later, she is on the cusp of helping make offshore wind in America a reality as President Biden’s top climate adviser. McCarthy returned to her home state last week to celebrate the signing of a project labor agreement between 20 Massachusetts unions and Vineyard Wind, the developer of a 62-turbine project some 15 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard. [ read more … ]

Biden Administration

Democrats look to crush states’ highway habit

By SAM MINTZ, Politico  •    •  Posted 2021-07-19 16:04:13

Legislation the House passed this month is the biggest advance yet in Democrats’ efforts to bake climate policies into transportation, addressing the largest single contributor to the United States’ greenhouse gas output. It would also represent an historic shift away from the roads-first approach to federal transportation spending that has reigned since Dwight Eisenhower created the Interstate Highway System. But the bill is riling up opposition from two potential allies of the Democrats’ big-spending infrastructure initiatives: state transportation departments and the road-building lobby. That creates an awkward dynamic for supporters of the House bill, which faces a perilous path through the evenly divided Senate. [ read more … ]

Climate

Largest Fire Grows, Forces Evacuation of Wildlife Station

By GILLIAN FLACCUS, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2021-07-19 16:03:39

The nation’s largest wildfire torched more dry forest in Oregon and forced the evacuation of a wildlife research station Monday as firefighters had to retreat from the flames for the ninth consecutive day due to erratic and dangerous fire behavior. Firefighters were forced to pull back as flames, pushed by winds and fueled by bone-dry conditions, jumped fire-retardant containment lines and pushed up to 4 miles into new territory, authorities said. [ read more … ]

How a powerful US lobby group helps big oil to block climate action

By Chris McGreal, The Guardian  •    •  Posted 2021-07-19 16:03:56

Critics accuse Shell and other major oil firms of using API as cover for the industry. While companies run publicity campaigns claiming to take the climate emergency seriously, the trade group works behind the scenes in Congress to stall or weaken environmental legislation. Earlier this year, an Exxon lobbyist in Washington was secretly recorded by Greenpeace describing API as the industry’s “whipping boy” to direct public and political criticism away from individual companies. [ read more … ]

Carbon Capture

Chevron’s Carbon Capture Struggle Shows Big Oil’s Climate Hurdle

By Stephen Stapczynski, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-07-19 16:03:01

The world’s biggest project to capture and store carbon dioxide isn’t working like it should, highlighting the challenges oil companies face in tackling their greenhouse gas emissions. Chevron Corp.’s system at the $54 billion Gorgon liquefied natural gas export plant in Australia missed a local government target to inject captured carbon dioxide underground, the San Ramon, California-based company said Monday. That’s a setback for energy companies globally that have staked their net-zero futures on the technology, which has shown limited success to date. [ read more … ]

EVs

After Fires, Chevrolet Bolt Owners Are Warned: Don’t Park Indoors

By Azi Paybara, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-07-19 16:04:29

Two Chevrolet Bolt EVs recently caught fire after they were repaired as part of a recall last year that affected nearly 51,000 vehicles in the United States, federal safety officials announced on Wednesday. Now, owners of Chevrolet Bolts from the model years 2017 through 2019 have been urged to park their vehicles outdoors after charging and to avoid leaving them while they charge overnight, the officials and the car’s manufacturer said on Wednesday. [ read more … ]

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