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July 26, 2021

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Senate infrastructure talks in political jeopardy as infighting spills out into the open

By Tony Romm, Seung Min Kim and Ian Duncan, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2021-07-26 15:20:33

The impasse arrives after lawmakers toiled away into the weekend over their proposal to improve the nation’s roads, bridges, pipes, ports and Internet connections. Republicans including Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah initially hoped to finalize a more robust blueprint as soon as Monday so that the long-stalled debate could finally start, but the prospect now seems unlikely given the sheer scope of policy obstacles that negotiators must resolve. [ read more … ]

Transmission

Largest U.S. renewable developer plans transmission, solar surge

By Kristi E. Swartz, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-07-26 15:21:44

The world’s largest renewable developer is eyeing transmission project opportunities as the Biden administration focuses on adding large amounts of wind, solar and storage to the nation’s grid in the coming decades. “We’re looking out decades and looking at the enormous renewable field of opportunity,” said Rebecca Kujawa, chief financial officer at NextEra Energy Inc., during the company’s second-quarter earnings conference call with Wall Street analysts last Friday. “It is clear that over time new transmission needs to be built for that build-out,” Kujawa added. [ read more … ]

Carbon Capture

Want to Test Your Carbon-Capture Tech? Head to Wyoming

By Leslie Kaufman, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-07-26 15:20:56

The prototype for a filter that can pull planet-warming carbon dioxide from industrial smokestacks appeared promising enough to win a $51.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. After a decade of development, Membrane Technology and Research Inc., the California company behind the new carbon-capture technology, finally had the funding to run large tests.  And that meant a trip to Gillette, Wyoming, a town of about 32,000 people that remains the only location in the U.S. capable of running trials on carbon-capture devices at close to real-world scale. [ read more … ]

Climate

Clouds may speed up global warming

By Chelsea Harvey, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-07-26 15:22:10

For years, scientists have struggled to determine exactly how clouds would change with future warming — and whether they’ll make climate change worse, or whether they might dampen some of its effects. It’s been a difficult question to answer. Scientists typically use computer models to make predictions about future climate change. But clouds are famously difficult to simulate, especially on a global scale. [ read more … ]

The truth behind corporate climate pledges

By Jocelyn Timperley, The Guardian  •    •  Posted 2021-07-26 15:22:28

Over a single 24-hour period, a Dutch court ordered Shell to dramatically cut emissions, shareholders voted to force Chevron to reduce emissions from the products it sells, and a tiny activist investment firm secured three positions on ExxonMobil’s 12-member board for candidates committed to climate action. When trying to ascribe responsibility for the climate crisis, it’s hard to overstate the outsized role fossil fuel companies have played. The products of just 100 private and state-owned fossil fuel companies were linked to 71% of global industrial greenhouse gas emissions since 1988, according to a groundbreaking 2017 report. [ read more … ]

Markets

Oil Slips With Spread of Delta Variant Crimping Demand Outlook

By Jill R Shah, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-07-26 15:22:46

Oil dipped as investors eyed the spreading delta variant’s impact on demand while cases surge. Futures in New York fell 0.2% on Monday after rallying the previous four sessions. Global cases of Covid-19 have increased the most in two months with infections surging in the U.S., Brazil, India, Indonesia and the U.K. Countries with lower vaccination coverage in parts of Asia are seeing more fatalities and renewed restrictions, posing a threat to fuel consumption and demand for oil. On Monday, the U.S. raised a Covid-19 travel warning for Spain to the highest level. [ read more … ]

EVs

Toyota Led on Clean Cars. Now Critics Say It Works to Delay Them.

By Hiroko Tabuchi, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-07-26 15:21:10

Mary Nichols, who negotiated with Toyota as the former chairwoman of the California Air Resources Board, the state’s clean air regulator, said she had been surprised by Toyota over the past few years. “I think they, over the years, have produced really good technology, and that they’ve been pioneers,” she said. “But at this moment, they’ve definitely been caught flat-footed.” [ read more … ]

Big Oil Companies Push Hydrogen as Green Alternative, but Obstacles Remain

By Sarah McFarlane, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2021-07-26 15:23:02

Big oil companies have long touted hydrogen energy as a way to reduce carbon emissions. Now they are grappling with how to make that a reality. BP Royal Dutch Shell and TotalEnergies are all pursuing multimillion-dollar hydrogen projects, often with government support, as they seek to redefine their future role in a world less reliant on fossil fuels. Hydrogen made using renewable energy can be produced and used without emitting carbon dioxide. [ read more … ]

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