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September 6, 2021

Top Story

Burying power lines isn’t the only way to weatherproof the grid

By Dalvin Brown, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2021-09-06 08:59:39

With forecasters predicting that climate change will increase the frequency and intensity of storms as warmer air gathers up more moisture that will be released as torrential downpours, finding a way to weatherproof utility systems has taken on new urgency. Ida left more than 1 million power customers without electricity when it roared past New Orleans and through Mississippi last weekend. [ read more … ]

Climate

EPA just detailed all the ways climate change will hit U.S. racial minorities the hardest. It’s a long list.

By Darryl Fears and Dino Grandoni, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2021-09-06 09:00:03

The new analysis, which comes four days after Hurricane Ida destroyed homes of low-income and Black residents in Louisiana and Mississippi, examined the effects of the global temperature rising 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) compared with preindustrial levels. It found that American Indians and Alaska Natives are 48 percent more likely than other groups to live in areas that will be inundated by flooding from sea-level rise under that scenario, Latinos are 43 percent more likely to live in communities that will lose work hours because of intense heat, and Black people will suffer significantly higher mortality rates. [ read more … ]

Reconciliation Bill

U.S. reconciliation energy bill slowed by flurry of Republican amendments

By Timothy Gardner, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2021-09-06 08:58:18

The U.S. House Natural Resources Committee will extend debate on energy and environmental legislation on infrastructure into next week, Representative Raul Grijalva, a Democrat, said on Thursday after Republicans proposed scores of amendments to the bill. Democrats on the panel have proposed $31 billion of measures to be included in a $3.5 trillion budget infrastructure package which contain several items hotly opposed by many Republicans. [ read more … ]

Natural Resources reconciliation markup goes into overtime

By Emma Dumain, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-09-06 08:59:10

Members of the House Natural Resources Committee debated its $31 billion reconciliation bill last Friday for close to eight hours, and they may not be even halfway finished. The committee will reconvene Thursday to resume consideration of the measure, released earlier this week, and voting on 14 amendments left over in the queue after lawmakers dispensed of 18 other recommendations in roll call votes to make substantive changes to the legislation, with all but one — from Chair Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) — soundly rejected by the Democratic majority. [ read more … ]

Democrats move to hike federal oil and gas royalties

By James Osborne, Houston Chroncile  •    •  Posted 2021-09-06 08:58:52

House Democrats moved ahead Thursday on raising royalty rates and other fees for oil and gas drilled on federal lands and waters, as they seek to fund projects protecting coastal areas from rising sea levels and flooding caused by climate change. Under the Democrats’ reconciliation bill, which they can pass on a straight party-line vote, the onshore and offshore royalty rate would increase from 12.5 percent to 20 percent. [ read more … ]

EVs

Electric Vehicles Powerless During Hurricanes

By Diana Furchtgott-Roth, Forbes  •    •  Posted 2021-09-06 08:57:43

It’s 2035, all cars are electric, and the massive Hurricane Iris has hit Louisiana. Much of New Orleans is under water, and emergency workers with their Ford F-150 Lightning electric pickup trucks need to rescue families and pets. But Louisiana has lost power, and the trucks are all dead. The Blessey family, which has lived in New Orleans for generations, want to get out of town to stay with relatives. They can’t set off in their Chevy Bolt EV because they won’t be able to recharge it on the way. We are still in 2021—but this is what the future could look like if much of the car fleet becomes electric [ read more … ]

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