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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

September 2, 2021

Today’s Wind & Solar Energy News will not publish during the Labor Day holiday. It resumes on Tuesday, September 6.

Top Story

Biden announces steps to address hurricane fuel shortages

By Jeremy Dillon, Nick Sobczyk, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-09-02 15:19:29

Biden intends to visit Louisiana to see the damage from the hurricane, the White House announced yesterday. Today he pointed to infrastructure legislation as a way to address climate change and other storm-related ills. [ read more … ]

Air Pollution

Air pollution is cutting more years from people’s lives than smoking, war or HIV/AIDS

By Sheena McKenzie, CNN  •    •  Posted 2021-09-02 15:21:28

Air pollution is slashing years from billions of people’s lives around the world and is a greater threat to life expectancy than smoking, HIV/AIDS or war, a report published Wednesday shows. In countries where air pollution levels are below standards set by the World Health Organization (WHO), people are, on average, losing 2.2 years of their lives. [ read more … ]

Air Pollution From Fossil Fuels Could Cut Lifespans by 2 to 5 Years

By Linda Poon, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-09-02 15:21:47

From gas-guzzling cars to power generation, fossil fuel combustion is a leading cause of climate change. But that’s not the only reason to rein in emissions. Fossil fuels are also a leading direct source of air pollution, a health risk that can take years off of human lives.  The smallest, most dangerous type of particulate air pollution, known as PM2.5, is on track to cost the average person 2.2 years. For people in the most polluted places, the cost would be far more, according to the annual Air Quality Life Index report published Wednesday.  [ read more … ]

Biden Administration

Q&A: Biden’s newest climate adviser reflects on task ahead

By Kelsey Brugger, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-09-02 15:19:55

President Biden has made another addition to his climate team, a move that bolsters the record number of scientists working at the White House. Philip Duffy — a physicist who has worked on climate issues for decades, including as a senior policy analyst under President Obama — returned last week to the Office of Science and Technology Policy. [ read more … ]

Reconciliation Bill

Democratic governors push for climate programs in reconciliation

By Timothy Cama, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-09-02 15:20:21

“President Biden proposed the Build Back Better Agenda to rebuild America in a just and equitable way and ensure America’s economy flourishes in the 21st century. It is vital for Congress to adopt both the bipartisan infrastructure deal and a bold and comprehensive reconciliation bill to achieve the goals of the Build Back Better Agenda,” the 10 governors, led by California’s Gavin Newsom, wrote to congressional leaders yesterday. [ read more … ]

Resources panel girds for partisan reconciliation clash

By Emma Dumain, Geof Koss, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-09-02 15:21:13

The House Natural Resources Committee will be the first panel to consider a component of the $3.5 trillion reconciliation package — a distinction Chair Raúl Grijalva takes seriously in the thick of a deeply partisan political atmosphere. “We’re one of the first committees to go, and we want to set the tone that this is about doing our work and doing the business that we’re elected to do, so we’re gonna do it,” the Arizona Democrat told E&E News in an interview yesterday. [ read more … ]

Climate Change

Climate Change Is Bankrupting America’s Small Towns

By Christopher Flavelle, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-09-02 15:22:11

Climate shocks are pushing small rural communities like Fair Bluff, many of which were already struggling economically, to the brink of insolvency. Rather than bouncing back, places hit repeatedly by hurricanes, floods and wildfires are unraveling: residents and employers leave, the tax base shrinks and it becomes even harder to fund basic services. That downward spiral now threatens low-income communities in the path this week of Hurricane Ida and those hit by the recent flooding in Tennessee — hamlets regularly pummeled by storms that are growing more frequent and destructive because of climate change.
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Commentary

Competition for Cleaner Energy Will Pay Dividends for Climate and the Economy

By Charles Hernick, Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions (CRES) Forum  •    •  Posted 2021-09-02 15:20:55

The prospect of a once-in-a-generation infrastructure investment by Congress is encouraging. This targeted investment, alongside competitive pressures of market forces established in a large portion of America’s electricity grid, will help drive power providers to achieve their self-set goals. While diversity of technologies and business models doesn’t guarantee resilience, we should be encouraged by how far we’ve come in reducing emissions and keeping the lights on. More competition is a clear solution to achieve these goals. [ read more … ]

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