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August 25, 2021

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Global electric power demand returns to pre-pandemic levels

By Steven Mufson, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2021-08-25 15:53:04

Carbon dioxide emissions from the global electric power sector rebounded in the first half of 2021 to above pre-pandemic levels, according to an analysis, signaling that the world has failed to engineer a “green recovery” and shift decisively away from fossil fuels. As electricity demand jumped from last year’s lows, the London-based think tank Ember found, it outpaced the growth of renewable energy. That pushed global electricity-related emissions 5 percent above where they stood before the coronavirus outbreak. [ read more … ]

Pollution From Power Generators Now Exceeds Pre-Pandemic Levels

By Faseeh Mangi, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-08-25 15:52:30

The world’s electricity generators are now polluting more than they did before the pandemic, putting global net-zero targets at risk. Emissions from the power sector rebounded in the first half of the year and are now 5% higher than in the same period in 2019, prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a report by London-based researcher Ember. That’s because utilities are using more coal to meet electricity demand that also rose by 5%. [ read more … ]

Wind & Solar Energy

California to boost solar and wind capacity to meet renewable goals

By Reuters  •    •  Posted 2021-08-25 15:54:48

The California Independent System Operator (CAISO) region plans to increase its solar and wind power capacity in 2021 to help meet the state’s target of 50% renewable generation by 2025, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) said on Tuesday. The CAISO plans to add an additional 1.6 gigawatts (GW) of utility-scale solar capacity and 0.4 GW of onshore wind turbine capacity this year, the EIA said in a release. [ read more … ]

House Infrastructure Budget Plan

House passes $3.5 trillion budget plan, aims to vote on infrastructure package by late September

By Tony Romm, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2021-08-25 15:53:24

House Democrats on Tuesday approved a roughly $3.5 trillion budget that could enable sweeping changes to the nation’s healthcare, education and tax laws, overcoming internal divisions in a debate that could foreshadow even tougher battles still to come. The 220-212 vote came after days of delays as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif) scrambled to stave off a revolt from her party’s moderate-leaning lawmakers. With the frenzy resolved, the chamber averted what would have been a political embarrassment to take the next step in enacting President Biden’s broader economic agenda. [ read more … ]

House panels to start reconciliation markups next week

By Nick Sobczyk, Emma Dumain, Geof Koss, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-08-25 15:53:57

House Democrats face a legislative crunch when they return to town, with concurrent deadlines setting up a mad scramble to write a massive reconciliation package and pass the bipartisan infrastructure bill in a matter of weeks. House committees will begin marking up their portions of the $3.5 trillion reconciliation package bill next week after lawmakers cleared the budget resolution yesterday, overcoming a dispute between leadership and Democratic moderates [ read more … ]

This Democrat is bucking Biden’s climate plan

By Adam Aton, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-08-25 15:53:41

In April 2019, House Democrats used their new majority to haul bank executives before the Financial Services Committee. Lawmakers uncorked questions about risk, discrimination — and climate.
Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) demanded to know when the banks planned to wind down investments driving climate change. Committee Chair Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) played a slideshow that inked the banks to, among other things, major fossil fuel extraction. Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J.) chose the opposite tone. [ read more … ]

Supreme Court

Supreme Court ‘shadow docket’ casts pall on environmentalists

By Pamela King, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-08-25 15:54:23

On a Tuesday evening in February 2016, the Supreme Court did something extraordinary. Without hearing arguments or issuing a formal opinion, the nation’s highest bench stopped a signature Obama-era environmental rule dead in its tracks — over the objection of four justices. The Supreme Court’s move was a stunning blow to EPA’s 2015 Clean Power Plan, which sought to curb carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants. At the time, the rule was subject to a challenge in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, which had issued a unanimous decision just weeks earlier to keep the regulation in place during the litigation. [ read more … ]

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