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August 26, 2021

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EPA Faces Environmental, EV Sector Calls To Tighten Vehicle GHG Plan

By Doug Obey, Inside EPA  •    •  Posted 2021-08-26 16:05:07

Environmentalists and some industry groups are pressing EPA to tighten its proposed near-term vehicle greenhouse gas plan to spur more emissions cuts and possibly greater electric vehicle (EV) adoption than the agency’s preferred option, highlighting the pressure officials face to write ambitious standards. The groups’ appeals, raised at EPA’s Aug. 25-26 public hearing on its proposed update to model year 2023-2026 rules, come as outside observers and the agency itself cite the rules as just a first step toward stricter rules [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Rocky Mountain Power completes major wind power initiative

By Nicole Pollack, Casper Star-Tribune   •    •  Posted 2021-08-26 16:02:58

Rocky Mountain Power has officially completed its Energy Vision 2020 initiative. The program, first announced in 2017, more than doubled the electric utility’s existing wind energy generation capacity. It included four new Wyoming wind projects — Cedar Springs I, Cedar Springs II, Ekola Flats and TB Flats — with a combined capacity of 1,150 megawatts, as well as the repowering of existing wind turbines and construction of a 140-mile stretch of transmission line between Medicine Bow and Rock Springs. [ read more … ]

Trump adviser involved in Vineyard Wind opposition

By Benjamin Storrow, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-08-26 16:04:39

The lawsuit marks a new chapter in a decadeslong push to build offshore wind farms in America. Cape Wind, the first offshore wind project proposed in the U.S. waters, was sunk by nearly two decades of legal battles. Now, the question is whether they will sink a second generation of projects. Vineyard Wind, a 62-turbine project 12 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard, is the first to run the legal gauntlet. The $2.8 billion project is the only utility-scale offshore wind project to receive a final permit from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. Other projects could soon follow. BOEM, as the bureau is known, has committed to reviewing 16 others along the Eastern Seaboard by the end of President Biden’s first term. [ read more … ]

Infrastructure Budget Plan

U.S. global climate promises hang on reconciliation battle

By Scott Waldman, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-08-26 16:05:25

The ability of the United States to meet its international climate promises hinge on the $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation bill being crafted by congressional Democrats. President Biden pledged to world leaders in April that the U.S. would cut carbon pollution in half by 2030, when compared to 2005 levels. But his pathway to meet that goal has not yet been set. The bill’s fate could be determined just weeks before negotiators at the international climate talks in Scotland try to convince the world that the U.S. will stand by its word. [ read more … ]

Budget Puts Biden Climate Goals in Reach, Democratic Study Says

By Ari Natter, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-08-26 16:03:39

Energy and climate policies in two sweeping pieces of legislation moving through Congress would put within reach President Joe Biden’s goals of achieving 80% clean energy and a 50% economy-wide reduction in carbon emissions by 2030, according to an analysis by Senate Democrats.  In a letter to colleagues, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said the legislation, if enacted, would represent the most significant investment in fighting climate change in history, and pointed out that it comes on the heels of a dire Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report, which found that the worst effects of climate change won’t be staved off unless drastic steps are taken to eliminate greenhouse gas pollution.  [ read more … ]

Schumer outlines reconciliation emissions targets

By Nick Sobczyk, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-08-26 16:05:43

The bipartisan infrastructure bill and massive reconciliation package planned by congressional Democrats would meet President Biden’s greenhouse gas emissions pledge when combined with state and federal administrative action, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said today. In a letter to colleagues, Schumer said an analysis conducted by his office shows that the infrastructure bill and $3.5 trillion partisan spending package together would “reduce U.S. emissions to approximately 45 percent beneath 2005 levels by 2030.” [ read more … ]

Carbon Cost

Judge skeptical of Republican case on social cost of carbon

By Maxine Joselow, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-08-26 16:04:04

A federal judge yesterday appeared skeptical of a lawsuit brought by Republican-led states over President Biden’s executive order on climate change. Judge Audrey Fleissig of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri seemed inclined to toss out the lawsuit over Executive Order 13990, titled “Protecting Public Health and the Environment and Restoring Science to Tackle the Climate Crisis.” [ read more … ]

Nuclear Energy

Huge hole.’ Looming nuclear shutdowns rattle Ill.

By Jeffrey Tomich, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-08-26 16:04:22

Like other school districts across the country, COVID-19 protocols were front of mind in the Byron Community School District #226 in northern Illinois as classes began last week. But for district officials, another potential problem looms: the future of the giant nuclear plant a 10-minute drive south. Exelon Corp.’s 2,300-megawatt Byron Generating Station, a top 10 U.S. nuclear plant, is less than a month from shutting down unless legislators come to the rescue. Depending on who you listen to, the reason is sagging electricity prices or a market failure to adequately value the carbon-free power the twin reactors produce. [ read more … ]

Markets

Denmark, Costa Rica seek alliance to speed up the end of oil and gas

By Kate Abnett and Stine Jacobsen, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2021-08-26 16:06:34

Denmark and Costa Rica are trying to forge an alliance of countries willing to fix a date to phase out oil and gas production and to stop giving permits for new exploration, government ministers said and documents showed. Burning fossil fuels is the main source of the greenhouse gas emissions heating the planet, but so far there has been no collective government action to end oil and gas production.
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Commentary

The evidence that the world has passed ‘peak car’

By Nathanael Johnson, Grist  •    •  Posted 2021-08-26 16:05:59

Cars aren’t what they used to be. Sure, they have more horsepower, more features, and require less fuel — but they are losing their power over humanity.  At least that’s the argument in a new book on the history of transportation by journalist Tom Standage, deputy editor of The Economist. In A Brief History of Motion: From the Wheel, to the Car, to What Comes Next, Standage argues the world may have already passed what he calls “peak car” — the point at which car ownership and use level off and start to decline. It can be seen in a drop in the number of automobiles that factories produce each year, the number of miles the average person drives, and the importance of cars in our lives. [ read more … ]

 

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