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August 19, 2021

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EPA chief to tour EJ suburb studded with oil rigs

By Anne C. Mulkern, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-08-19 15:48:06

The oil industry funded a baseball field next to drilling rigs in the Los Angeles suburb of Wilmington. But the air is so polluted that some kids can be seen sucking on asthma inhalers as they play, according to local activists. EPA Administrator Michael Regan will visit the area to see the environmental effects that one of the largest concentrations of West Coast oil refineries has on Wilmington’s residents. Nearly 97% of the 55,000-person population are people of color. Many are of them are financially impoverished. [ read more … ]

Climate

Scientists see old hurricane predictions coming true

By Chelsea Harvey, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-08-19 15:48:22

In 1987, climate scientist Kerry Emanuel published a simple conclusion in the scientific journal Nature: As the earth’s climate warms, hurricanes will grow more intense. It was one of the first published predictions about hurricane activity and future climate change. Now, 34 years later, scientists see it coming true before their eyes. [ read more … ]

After Climate Court Victories Comes the Problem of Enforcement

By Diederik Baazil, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-08-19 15:47:02

Frustrated with what she sees as a lack of progress, Minnesma is preparing to take the government of the Netherlands back to court. There’s no other option after “years of talking and seeking cooperation,” she said, sitting in her office in a former school building in Zaandam, near Amsterdam. The government is choosing to “hollow out its foundation of rule of law” by not adhering to the verdict. “You expect a government like the Netherlands to abide by the verdict of a judge,” Minnesma said.  [ read more … ]

EVs

Tractors Finally Get the Tesla Treatment

By Kyle Stock, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-08-19 15:47:32

Wente Vineyards typically picks its grapes in the late summer and fall, but it harvests its complaints months earlier. Like most vintners, Wente sprays its grapes with fungicide in the spring. But its vines crawl around a dense patchwork of neighborhoods in Livermore, Calif., about 30 miles east of San Francisco Bay. If Wente crews dust the plants after 6 a.m. on a weekday, they run afoul of laws regulating air quality around schools and daycares. Dust before 6 a.m. and the phone starts ringing with calls from people who prefer a traditional alarm clock to the rumble of a diesel tractor. [ read more … ]

California regulators contemplate zero-emission vehicle mandate by 2025

By Debra Kahn, Politico  •    •  Posted 2021-08-19 15:46:45

California environmental regulators on Tuesday said they were considering accelerating the state’s climate policies to reach carbon neutrality by 2030, including requiring all new-car sales to be zero-emission by 2025. [ read more … ]

Biden admin weighs penalty increase for car companies

By Arianna Skibell, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-08-19 15:48:38

The Biden administration is weighing a sharp increase in penalties car companies must pay for not complying with fuel economy standards from model years 2019 to 2021, potentially costing the industry hundreds of million of dollars. In a proposed rule, a division of the Transportation Department this week said it is seeking public comment on whether to reinstate an Obama-era rule that imposed an inflation adjustment to the civil penalty rate starting in 2019. A 2015 law required a number of agencies to adjust their Corporate Average Fuel Economy, or CAFE, rates, which had not been updated since 1997. [ read more … ]

Markets

DOE refuels 34-year gas battle with efficiency rule

By Miranda Willson, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-08-19 15:47:52

The Biden administration proposed a rule this week to revoke a Trump-era plan limiting the energy efficiency of common furnaces and water heaters that are significant sources of greenhouse gas emissions from buildings. The Department of Energy proposal aims to undo a statute enacted Jan. 15 that energy efficiency advocates said shields furnaces and water heaters that needlessly waste energy from future efficiency standards. [ read more … ]

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