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August 5, 2021

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Biden, in a Push to Phase Out Gas Cars, Will Tighten Pollution Rules

By Coral Davenport, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-08-05 14:53:01

The White House estimates the regulations would cut two billion tons of carbon dioxide — about one-third of the total annual carbon dioxide pollution produced by the United States — and prevent the burning of about 200 billion gallons of gasoline. The Biden administration then plans another set of tougher emissions regulations for vehicles produced beyond 2026. It is those rules that Mr. Biden hopes will essentially propel automakers to phase out the internal combustion engine. Since that second set of rules could be technically complex and legally ambitious, administration officials decided to first quickly reinstate the Obama regulations to cut some emissions while federal staff members take on the challenge of crafting the future rule. [ read more … ]

Biden launches EV push with unions, auto industry

By Arianna Skibell, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-08-05 16:40:14

President Biden today announced a multipronged plan for slashing car emissions and accelerating the country’s transition to electric vehicles over the next decade. The push marks one of the administration’s most significant actions to curb climate change and clean up the country’s biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions. “[The] future of the automobile industry is electric, battery electric, plug-in hybrid electric, fuel-cell electric — it’s electric, and there’s no turning back,” Biden said today on the South Lawn of the White House. “The question is whether it will lead or fall behind in the race for the future.” [ read more … ]

Power Plant Rule

White House reviewing revamp to Trump’s power plant rule

By Sean Reilly, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-08-05 14:54:18

Under orders from President Biden, EPA has taken its first overt step to revisit one of the Trump administration’s most bitterly contested air quality rollbacks. While agency officials are not discussing the contents of a proposed rule sent yesterday to the White House budget office for a routine review, it is expected to restore the legal basis for landmark limits on emissions of mercury and other hazardous pollutants from coal-fired power plants. [ read more … ]

Infrastructure Bill

Amendment holds slow Senate infrastructure bill’s progress

By Jessica Wehrman, Lindsey McPherson, and Joseph Morton, Roll Call  •    •  Posted 2021-08-05 14:55:48

Individual senators’ holds on bipartisan amendments slowed debate on a nearly $1 trillion infrastructure bill Tuesday, casting doubt on Senate Democrats’ hopes of wrapping up the bill by this weekend.  By 5 p.m. Tuesday, senators had voted on only seven amendments out of more than 250 introduced to the bipartisan bill. One, introduced by Sens. Raphael Warnock, D-Ga., and Ted Cruz, R-Texas, designating a future I-14 corridor through five states from Texas to Georgia, was adopted by voice vote. Of the six that received roll call votes, three were adopted. [ read more … ]

Climate

New Zealand’s Renewable-Energy Dreams Get a Reality Check

By Stephen Wright, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2021-08-05 14:55:16

New Zealand’s ambition to become fully reliant on renewable energy by 2030 has leaned on glacial rivers and lakes as sources of power. Its experience this year illustrates the challenges of that strategy. A power crunch has spread across the South Pacific country as dry weather reduced water levels in lakes that feed its hydropower generators. To keep the lights on and homes heated, New Zealand burned more thermal coal, despite its contribution to air pollution. Some industrial users mothballed plants or curbed production to ease stress on the system. [ read more … ]

Exxon Considers Pledging ‘Net Zero’ Carbon by 2050

By Christopher M. Matthews, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2021-08-05 14:56:04

Exxon Mobil Corp. is considering a pledge to reduce its net carbon emissions to zero by 2050, according to people familiar with the matter, in what would amount to a significant strategic shift by the oil company. In March 2020, Exxon Chief Executive Darren Woods described ambitious carbon reduction targets made by some European rivals as nothing more than a “beauty competition,” saying the pledges lacked tangible plans to achieve them. [ read more … ]

EVs

Automakers Are Investing in EVs Like They Mean It

By Nathaniel Bullard, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-08-05 14:52:42

Later today, the Biden administration will announce new automobile emissions standards and targets for electric vehicle sales. It won’t be speaking alone — Detroit will be there, too, with automakers expected to commit to an electric vehicle target of at least 40% of total sales by the end of the decade. A 40% target sounds bold, but it’s actually in line with what major automakers have already pledged. Ford Motor Co. already has a 40% target, as does Stellantis NV, the auto giant formed earlier this year from the merger of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and PSA Group. Volkswagen AG goes the furthest — it expects half its U.S. sales and 70% of its European sales to be electric by 2030. [ read more … ]

While they were asleep, their Teslas burned in the garage. It’s a risk many automakers are taking seriously.

By Faiz Siddiqui, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2021-08-05 14:56:39

“If we had lived upstairs in this house, we’d be dead,” said Yogi Vindum, a retired mechanical engineer. The fire, which has not previously been reported, is one in a string of recent examples showing what can happen when electric cars are left parked in garages to charge overnight. The issue is causing mounting concern as a number of electric-vehicle makers have warned owners not to leave the cars charging unattended in certain circumstances, or sitting fully charged in garages. [ read more … ]

Transmission

The right to site

BY MATTHEW CHOI, Politico  •    •  Posted 2021-08-05 14:54:39

 Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse is aiming to improve the siting of long-range, high capacity transmission lines today through a bill establishing a new federal siting authority within FERC that would have authority over projects with a capacity of at least 1,000 megawatts, cross two or more states, and facilitate renewable energy, reduce congestion or improve system reliability. [ read more … ]

FERC’s cut is the deepest

BY MATTHEW CHOI, Politico  •    •  Posted 2021-08-05 14:53:26

The bipartisan infrastructure bill would grant FERC new powers to effectively veto state decisions rejecting new transmission siting, possibly cracking open the way to approve new power connections between areas like those in Midwest and West best suited for renewable energy and the population centers that consume the most energy. But it could also inflame already tense relationships between the commission and state regulators. [ read more … ]

 

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