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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

July 21, 2021

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California’s electric car revolution, designed to save the planet, also unleashes a toll on it

By Evan Halper, Los Angeles Times   •    •  Posted 2021-07-21 14:43:10

The precious cargo on the ship docked in San Diego Bay was strikingly small for a vessel built to drag oil rigs out to sea. Machines tethered to this hulking ship had plucked rocks the size of a child’s fist from the ocean floor thousands of miles into the Pacific. The mission was delicate and controversial — with broad implications for the planet. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Bernhardt: Trump tried to boost offshore wind, not kill it

By Benjamin Storrow, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-07-21 14:43:26

Former Interior Secretary David Bernhardt defended the Trump administration’s lengthy review of America’s first offshore wind farm in an interview yesterday, saying the additional environmental analysis he ordered was intended to strengthen the project against legal challenges rather than kill it. The Trump administration had initially planned to complete a review of Vineyard Wind in the summer of 2019. But Bernhardt surprised the project’s developers, who proposed a $2.8 billion wind farm near Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., by expanding a government study of the project to consider other wind farms proposed along the East Coast. [ read more … ]

Solar executive with ocean views sues Vineyard Wind

By Benjamin Storrow, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-07-21 14:42:11

A past opponent of the failed Cape Wind project is asking a federal court to oversee a similar outcome for Vineyard Wind, the first major offshore wind facility to be approved in the United States. In a lawsuit filed yesterday with the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, Thomas Melone argued that federal regulators failed to consider Vineyard Wind’s impact on other ocean users, endangered species and onshore renewable developers. He asked the court to vacate the environmental permit for the 62-turbine project.
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Climate

‘No One Is Safe’: Extreme Weather Batters the Wealthy World

By Somini Sengupta, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-07-21 14:43:41

Some of Europe’s richest countries lay in disarray this weekend, as raging rivers burst through their banks in Germany and Belgium, submerging towns, slamming parked cars against trees and leaving Europeans shellshocked at the intensity of the destruction. Only days before in the Northwestern United States, a region famed for its cool, foggy weather, hundreds had died of heat. In Canada, wildfire had burned a village off the map. Moscow reeled from record temperatures. And this weekend the northern Rocky Mountains were bracing for yet another heat wave, as wildfires spread across 12 states in the American West. [ read more … ]

Shell to Appeal Landmark Dutch Court Ruling on Climate Goals

By Laura Hurst, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-07-21 14:45:24

Royal Dutch Shell Plc said it will appeal a ruling by a Dutch court which ordered it to cut its carbon emissions by 45% over the next decade. Shell has said it will speed up its energy transition plans in response to the order, but is looking to overturn it so it can stick to its own climate timetable. After intense pressure from investors, the May 26 ruling showed companies’ hands may increasingly be forced by courts, and result in far-reaching implications for the global energy industry. [ read more … ]

Biden Administration

Biden clean energy plan key to restoring industry job losses, says U.S. official

By Nichola Groom, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2021-07-21 14:42:35

The U.S. energy sector lost 10% of its workforce last year due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report unveiled on Monday by U.S. government officials, who said President Joe Biden’s clean energy plan was critical to reviving the industry. The U.S. energy workforce, from fossil fuels to solar power, shed 840,000 jobs in 2020 as the global health crisis sapped demand for transportation fuels and slowed new projects, according to the annual U.S. Energy Employment Report. [ read more … ]

EVs

Report counters previous research on EVs and climate

By David Iaconangelo, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-07-21 14:42:50

The authors of a new analysis are aiming to finally answer a question at the center of environmental policy circles: Are electric cars really better for the climate than gas cars? In a paper released this morning, the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT), which frequently works with regulators on emissions testing and famously helped uncover Volkswagen’s attempt to evade controls on its diesel vehicles, finds that the answer is yes, most of the time. It concludes that in the U.S., China, India and Europe — the four regions accounting for 70% of the global car market — electric cars emit less greenhouse gas than gasoline cars on a life-cycle basis, despite the predominance of coal in China and India. [ read more … ]

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