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August 3, 2021

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Senators behind $1T public works plan show off their work

By Kevin Freking and Lisa Mascaro, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2021-08-03 15:27:46

The senators who spent months stitching together a nearly $1 trillion infrastructure package are now trying to sell it to the American people before a key vote expected this week that would push a long recognized national priority much closer to the finish line, after years of talk. [ read more … ]

Climate

Infrastructure Deal Includes Billions to Fight Climate Change

By Ari Natter, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-08-03 15:26:55

he bipartisan infrastructure bill heading for a vote in the Senate leaves out many of the sweeping measures to fight global warming sought by the White House and environmentalists, but the 2,702-page measure nonetheless provides for billions of dollars in spending on climate programs. There’s $21.5 billion to create a new Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations within the Energy Department to research carbon capture, hydrogen power and other technologies. Another $16 billion is included for the department to spend on energy efficiency and renewable energy. Billions more in aid would go to climate resiliency projects and combating wildfires. [ read more … ]

Car Rule

Fuel-Efficiency Standards Are Set to Get Tougher. The Question Is by How Much.

By Katy Stech, Walk Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2021-08-03 15:27:29

The Biden administration is expected to announce stricter fuel-efficiency standards for new cars and light trucks as early as this week, fulfilling a pledge to reset tailpipe-emission limits eased by former President Donald Trump. The new standards are expected to raise the miles-per-gallon performance and lower the amount of tailpipe emissions that auto makers are required to meet as a fleetwide average for the next four years. [ read more … ]

EVs

What if Highways Were Electric? Germany Is Testing the Idea.

By Jack Ewing, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-08-03 15:27:10

On a highway south of Frankfurt recently, Thomas Schmieder maneuvered his Scania tractor-trailer and its load of house paint into the far right lane. Then he flicked a switch you won’t find on most truck dashboards. Outside the cab a contraption started to unfold from the roof, looking like a clothes-drying rack with an upside-down sled welded to the top. As Mr. Schmieder continued driving, a video display showed the metal skids rising up and pushing gently against wires running overhead. [ read more … ]

DHL to Add Electric Planes to Fleet in Pursuit of Zero Emissions

By William Wilkes, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-08-03 15:26:37

The race toward zero-emission logistics chains is expanding from the road to the skies. DHL Express, the air cargo subsidiary of Deutsche Post AG, has ordered 12 all-electric aircraft to complement its fleet of battery-powered delivery vans and bikes, a move that will reduce emissions from air services. The Eviation Aircraft Ltd.-built freighters, known as Alice models, will be able to carry 2,600 pounds (1,179 kilograms) and have a range of 440 nautical miles. [ read more … ]

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