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August 18, 2021

Top Story

Federal program to cut bus emissions gets a Senate mandate: Some buses must pollute

By Michael Laris, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2021-08-18 14:27:57

The inclusion of the provision requiring polluting buses followed lobbying to shape the program by the natural gas industry — which wants to fuel dramatically more U.S. vehicles in the coming decades — and the insistence of an enthusiastic industry advocate, Sen. Patrick J. Toomey (R-Pa.), according to federal disclosures and interviews. Natural Gas Vehicles for America, a group representing major utilities and others in the industry, said in a statement that its lobbying on the Low or No Emission program was meant to help transit agencies quickly purchase the “cleanest available technologies that suit their needs. Natural gas buses are more affordable, more reliable and deliver greater environmental benefit than electric buses,” the advocacy group said. [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

Solar could be 40% of U.S. power by 2035 -Biden administration

By Nichola Groom, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2021-08-18 14:26:31

Solar could supply more than 40% of the nation’s electricity by 2035 – up from 3% today – if Congress adopts policies like tax credits for renewable energy projects and component factories, according to a memo published on Tuesday by the Department of Energy. The memo is part of a push by the White House to pump up solar as a jobs engine and pivotal pillar in the climate change agenda of President Joe Biden.
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Solar coalition: Chinese firms ‘gravely’ imperil U.S. clean energy

By David Iaconangelo, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-08-18 14:28:15

A newly formed coalition of solar companies is warning that “exploitative” Chinese trade practices could endanger U.S. clean energy goals, raising alarm bells among industry advocates even as the Biden administration has pledged to boost solar power. On Monday, a group of solar manufacturers known as the American Solar Manufacturers Against Chinese Circumvention (A-SMACC) asked the Biden administration to slap fresh tariffs on Chinese-linked solar imports routed through three Southeast Asian countries. [ read more … ]

Escalating U.S.-China Solar Rift Threatens Biden Green Goals

By Brian Eckhouse and Jennifer A Dlouhy, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-08-18 14:27:17

The first big test of Joe Biden’s lofty clean-power ambitions may not be sweeping climate legislation that needs congressional approval, but managing a solar supply chain that’s being shaken by the seizure of imported Chinese panels. Multiple companies have now had solar components detained at U.S. ports in the aftermath of a Biden administration ban on equipment that may have used raw materials originally from Hoshine Silicon Industry Co., according to people familiar with the situation who asked for anonymity while discussing sensitive trade issues.  [ read more … ]

Reconciliation Bill

Nancy Pelosi Braces for Showdown With Moderates Next Week Over Infrastructure Vote

By Andrew Duehren and Eliza Collins, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2021-08-18 14:26:54

Top House Democrats said the chamber would move forward with voting on the budget blueprint for a $3.5 trillion healthcare, education and climate package next week, rebuffing demands from a group of centrist Democrats to first vote on a $1 trillion infrastructure bill and urging their caucus to stay unified around President Biden’s agenda. “I would hope that none of us, that none of us, would do or say anything that would jeopardize passing these bills. These bills are critical for us maintaining our majority, and that must reign supreme,” Democratic Whip James Clyburn (D., S.C.) told members on a Tuesday telephone call, according to a person listening to it. [ read more … ]

Democrats to watch during budget negotiations

By Scott Waldman, Adam Aton, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-08-18 14:26:15

Progressive Democratic lawmakers and party moderates will spend weeks battling over two very different versions of a budget reconciliation bill. The divide is trillions of dollars wide. And a core group of senators is already at work closing the gap. Progressives want sweeping climate programs that can match the dire warnings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report, which outlined last week how humans have locked in decades of severe planetary warming. [ read more … ]

EVs

Popping the EV bubble, for profit

By David Ferris, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-08-18 14:27:32

In the last year, two high-flying electric vehicle companies, Nikola Corp. and Lordstown Motors Corp., saw their market value crash and faced probes by federal prosecutors. In each case, their troubles were brought to light by a five-person firm that positioned itself to profit off the company’s plummeting value. That firm, Hindenburg Research, is a hybrid creature. A muckraking investigator, it seeks out deceptions and fraud at publicly traded companies and publishes what it finds. As an investment house, it positions itself to make money the moment its bad news hits the stock market. [ read more … ]

Commentary

Who Created the Renewable-Energy Miracle?

By PAUL KRUGMAN, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-08-18 14:28:36

Despite that, there’s still a chance that we’ll do enough to avoid catastrophe — not because we’ve grown wiser but because we’ve been lucky. We used to believe that achieving big reductions in greenhouse gas emissions would be difficult and expensive, although not nearly as costly as anti-environmentalists claimed. Over the past dozen years or so, however, we’ve experienced a technological miracle. [ read more … ]

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