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August 10, 2021

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Senate Passes $1 Trillion Infrastructure Bill, Handing Biden a Bipartisan Win

By Emily Cochrane, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-08-10 14:46:13

The Senate gave overwhelming bipartisan approval to a $1 trillion infrastructure bill on Tuesday to rebuild the nation’s deteriorating roads and bridges and fund new climate resilience and broadband initiatives, delivering a key component of President Biden’s agenda. The legislation would be the largest infusion of federal investment into infrastructure projects in more than a decade, touching nearly every facet of the American economy and fortifying the nation’s response to the warming of the planet. [ read more … ]


What It Means When Climate Scientists Say They’re Certain

By Akshat Rathi, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-08-10 14:46:47

Scientists just made history by declaring, definitively and in unison, that climate change is caused by people. “It is unequivocal that human influence has warmed the atmosphere, ocean, and land,” they wrote in the first comprehensive report from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in nearly a decade. And yet the reaction from many people was: Wait, didn’t we already know that?
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IPCC goes region by region to preview climate destruction

By Sara Schonhardt, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-08-10 14:47:03

North and Central America. Most of the region has seen greater warming than the global mean, with warming and extreme heat expected to continue rising. Sea levels will also rise in most places outside Alaska and the Hudson Bay, where coastlines are high above the water. Tropical cyclones and severe storms will likely become more extreme. Central and western North America, already witnessing more deadly wildfires, will see more blazes and drought as well as more extreme precipitation and flooding. The Caribbean and much of Central America will see continued droughts, too, but scientists anticipate a decline in rainfall. [ read more … ]

Power Plant Rule

Will the Supreme Court take on EPA’s climate rule?

By Maxine Joselow, Niina H. Farah, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-08-10 14:48:31

Republican-led states and two coal companies are making a last-ditch attempt to convince conservative justices on the Supreme Court to limit EPA’s climate authority. The states and coal companies have filed four petitions asking the Supreme Court to overturn a January decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit that scrapped the Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule, the Trump administration’s greenhouse gas regulation for power plants. The petitions — led by West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey (R), North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem (R), North American Coal Corp. and Westmoreland Mining LLC — come as the Biden administration looks to craft a more aggressive rule to curb climate pollution from the power sector. [ read more … ]


28 U.S. House Democrats want $85 billion in EV charging infrastructure funding

By David Shepardson, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2021-08-10 14:47:29

A group of 28 U.S. House Democrats on Monday asked congressional leaders to back $85 billion in funding for electric vehicle charging infrastructure, a big jump over funding proposed in a bill before Congress. The current $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill under consideration has $7.5 billion in EV charging infrastructure funding, but Democrats plan to add additional funding in a separate measure that could spend up to $3.5 trillion. [ read more … ]

Electric Cars for Everyone? Not Unless They Get Cheaper.

By Ivan Penn and Niraj Chokshi. Photographs and Video by Roger Kisby, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-08-10 14:47:47

Robert Teglia bought a Tesla Model 3 sedan even though he knew it cost more than many luxury cars. He didn’t particularly care that it might be better than the others for the environment. Mr. Teglia, a commercial real estate appraiser in San Diego, tallied the costs of a gasoline vehicle and a Tesla, and he realized that even after paying more to buy a battery-powered car, he would end up saving money on gas and maintenance. [ read more … ]

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