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August 15, 2021

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Climate scientists have a message for the world: Don’t give up

By Chelsea Harvey, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-08-15 06:09:11

A much-anticipated report released Monday by the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that has inspired dire headlines and international hand-wringing over the starkest warnings yet about droughts, floods, fires, extreme heat, rising sea levels and melting ice. But climate scientists and authors of the report — the experts most intimately familiar with these grim findings — have a message for the world: Don’t give up. There’s work to be done. [ read more … ]

Biden Administration

Biden wants to create clean energy jobs. Here’s what they might look like

By Sammy Roth, Los Angeles Times  •    •  Posted 2021-08-15 06:11:21

If President Biden successfully pushes his climate change plans through Congress, he’s hoping for a lot more jobs like these — good-paying, blue-collar union jobs. But it’s not a sure bet, and the transition away from fossil fuels could cause upheaval for some workers even as it produces new opportunity for others. [ read more … ]

Biden team is seeking ways to address rising energy prices

By ZEKE MILLER, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2021-08-15 06:11:41

National security adviser Jake Sullivan on Wednesday called on the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries to move faster to restore global supply of petroleum to pre-pandemic levels, and the White House asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate the domestic gasoline market for any anti-competitive behavior that could be increasing prices. [ read more … ]

Reconciliation Bill

The hard part: Committee priorities for reconciliation

By George Cahlink, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-08-15 06:07:42

When the Senate backed a massive budget package this week, it set off a monthlong sprint by committees to divide up $3.5 trillion among a host of domestic programs with a major focus on climate change. “Every committee chair is going to be meeting at least on a weekly basis, maybe more often with their members,” Schumer told reporters yesterday. “And we will do weekly Zooms with them as well. We’re going to be working very hard in the next few weeks.” [ read more … ]

5 issues to watch as budget reconciliation kicks into gear

By Nick Sobczyk, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-08-15 06:07:57

Senate Democrats are kicking off debate on a budget reconciliation package this week, a process that will make or break President Biden’s promises to tackle climate change. With United Nations climate talks just a few months away — and a daunting new Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report released yesterday — the big investments Democrats envision in clean energy and infrastructure could be crucial to meeting international climate goals.
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Record Climate Spending Is in Reach With Senate Budget Blueprint

By Jennifer A Dlouhy, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-08-15 06:08:16

If adopted by the House and enacted through separate legislation to be written in coming months, the Senate-passed spending plan would impose a tariff on high-carbon imports and create a program compelling electric utilities to shift to emission-free power sources. It would build on tens of billions of dollars in clean energy spending in a bipartisan infrastructure bill that passed the Senate earlier this week [ read more … ]

EVs

Senate push for expansive electric-vehicle incentives in $3.5 trillion budget could hit bumps

By Michael Laris, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2021-08-15 06:10:51

Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) — who represents a state President Biden visited in May to test drive Ford’s new all-electric F-150 Lightning truck — has pushed for tax credits of up to $12,500 per vehicle. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) has called for rebates when drivers buy electric vehicles, part of an effort he once argued should be backed by hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funds. [ read more … ]

Biden fuel efficiency proposal sets stage for emission cuts

  •    •  Posted 2021-08-14 15:07:02

The Biden administration has proposed requiring carmakers to increase their fuel efficiency by 8% annually for model year 2024 through 2026, which is on par with what EPA has also proposed. EPA is slated to host a hearing to consider the proposal on Aug. 25 and is accepting comments through Sept. 27. NHTSA will take comments on its proposal for 60 days. A final rule is expected by the end of the year. [ read more … ]

States

California Expects Power Supply Shortfall to Worsen in 2022

By Naureen S Malik, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-08-15 06:12:11

Even with a battery boom underway in California, the state predicts a power supply shortfall may worsen next year in extreme weather conditions like the heat waves and drought seen this summer.
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Transmission

Transmission for renewables in largest power market may cost $3B

By Jeffrey Tomich, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-08-15 06:08:44

The operator of the nation’s largest wholesale electricity market — PJM Interconnection LLC — estimates $2.2 billion to $3.2 billion of transmission upgrades will be needed to help states in the region meet renewable energy and offshore wind goals over the next decade and a half. [ read more … ]

Commentary

Can America Really Drive Its Way Out of Climate Change?

By SPENCER BOKAT-LINDELL, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-08-15 06:09:42

It would be a transformative change for a nation in no small way defined by its love of the internal combustion engine. But on the heels of the latest dire United Nations climate change report — which the U.N. Secretary General said “must sound a death knell for coal and fossil fuels, before they destroy our planet” — does Biden’s plan go far enough? And can the climate problem posed by America’s car dependency really be solved by swapping gasoline for batteries? Here’s what people are saying. [ read more … ]

 

 

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