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August 22, 2021

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As Biden urges global warming action, courts shape climate policy at home

By Dino Grandoni and Steven Mufson, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2021-08-22 14:22:22

At a time when President Biden is urging international leaders to address global warming quickly, court actions this week make it clear that the U.S. judiciary is shaping the United States’ climate trajectory as much as the White House. [ read more … ]

Hydrogen

Hydrogen could fuel U.S. energy transition. But is it safe?

By Mike Soraghan, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-08-22 14:23:14

Lynn Rigsbee was sitting on her couch on a Tuesday morning last year when an explosion knocked her to the floor. The blast came from a hydrogen plant a few hundred feet from her house in Long View, N.C., northwest of Charlotte. It broke doors loose from deadbolts, shattered windows and blasted a hole through her roof. [ read more … ]

Climate

It Rained at the Summit of Greenland. That’s Never Happened Before.

By Henry Fountain, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-08-22 14:20:36

Something extraordinary happened last Saturday at the frigid high point of the Greenland ice sheet, two miles in the sky and more than 500 miles above the Arctic Circle: It rained for the first time. The rain at a research station — not just a few drops or a drizzle but a stream for several hours, as temperatures rose slightly above freezing — is yet another troubling sign of a changing Arctic, which is warming faster than any other region on the planet. [ read more … ]

Searing Heat Sends U.S. Power Demand to a Six-Year High

By Naureen S Malik, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-08-22 14:22:54

Hourly electricity demand in the lower 48 states jumped to 720 gigawatt-hours on Aug. 12, the highest level in data going back to July 2015, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said in a report Thursday. On that day last week, much of the country saw temperatures above 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 Celsius), spurring the need for air conditioners, fans and other cooling equipment.   [ read more … ]

Reconciliation Bill

Democratic schism escalates as House eyes return

By Nick Sobczyk, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-08-22 14:21:11

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is reiterating her intent to move ahead with a vote on the $3.5 trillion Senate budget resolution, escalating a squabble with moderates that could culminate when the chamber returns this week. A bloc of nine centrist Democrats is pushing to take up the Senate-passed $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill, H.R. 3684, before the budget resolution, threatening to derail the legislative sequencing Democratic leaders have outlined for months. [ read more … ]

Markets

Summer Road Trips, Falling Crude Prices Pump Up Refiners’ Profits

By Joe Wallace, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2021-08-22 14:21:57

Summer road trips and a pullback in crude prices have pumped up refineries’ profits, offering brighter prospects for one part of the global oil complex despite rising worries about Covid-19.
Oil prices have grown choppy in recent weeks since China, the world’s biggest commodities consumer, imposed restrictions to contain the Delta coronavirus variant. A decision by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, Russia and the cartel’s other partners to pump more oil is also weighing on crude markets. [ read more … ]

Oil in Longest Run of Declines Since 2019 After Fed Taper Signal

By Ari Hawkins, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-08-22 14:21:38

Oil is headed for its longest stretch of declines since 2019 as the Federal Reserve’s signal it will start tapering stimulus promoted a rally in the dollar, while concerns about global energy demand grow as the delta variant of Covid-19 rages.
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EVs

G.M. Expands Chevrolet Bolt Recall Over Battery Fire Concern

By Neal E. Boudette, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-08-22 14:20:55

General Motors said on Friday that it was expanding its recall of Chevrolet Bolt electric cars that have been found to be at risk of overheating and catching fire as a result of manufacturing defects. The company said it was recalling Bolts from the 2020 through 2022 model years and a few 2019 Bolts that were not covered under a previous recall. The move means all 141,000 Bolts that G.M. has produced — going back to the 2017 model — are under recall. [ read more … ]

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