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September 7, 2021

Top Story

Climate Anxiety Is the First Stage. Climate Whiplash Comes Next

By Akshat Rath, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-09-07 16:03:13

The science is straightforward: burning fossil fuels adds greenhouse gases to the atmosphere, which warms the planet and makes the weather weird. That weirdness might have felt mild at first. But that’s no longer the case. Consider, for example, that a third of U.S. residents live in a county that was struck by a climate-fueled disaster—droughts, floods, wildfires, heatwaves or hurricanes—in the last three months. Many of those events set new records and led to billions of dollars in damages. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

A Truck Carrying A Turbine Blade Didn’t Quite Make The Train Crossing In Texas

By José Rodríguez Jr.,Jalopnik  •    •  Posted 2021-09-07 16:01:36

A train collided with a wind turbine blade on Sunday afternoon in South Texas, after the truck carrying the turbine blade failed to clear the tracks on time at a railroad crossing. Local news, KXAN, reports there were no serious injuries in the collision. That turbine blade doesn’t look like it’s going to make it, though. [ read more … ]

Reconciliation Bill

After a Summer of Disasters, Some Lawmakers See a Chance for Climate Action

By Coral Davenport and Brad Plumer, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-09-07 16:04:40

As the country reels from the cascade of deaths and devastation wrought by this summer’s record floods, heat waves, droughts and wildfires, President Biden and progressive Democrats are using the moment to push for aggressive climate provisions in a sweeping $3.5 trillion budget bill. Speaking on Thursday in Queens, where nearly a dozen people died a day earlier during flash floods, Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the majority leader, said that when the Senate returned to Washington on Tuesday to continue work on budget legislation, it would include provisions designed to reduce fossil fuel emissions linked to extreme weather. [ read more … ]

Ida churns up tension on infrastructure vs. climate change

By ZACK COLMAN, Politico  •    •  Posted 2021-09-07 16:02:40

Hurricane Ida’s lashing of Louisiana is supercharging a fight in Washington over spending tens of billions of dollars to protect the U.S. from future storms. But many House Republicans, including those in districts devastated by the hurricane, say the Senate’s bipartisan infrastructure bill is overkill — swamping the problem with extraneous spending on Democratic priorities like racial justice. Meanwhile, progressive House Democrats are resisting efforts to pass the infrastructure bill quickly. They first want to ensure that the Senate will pass a separate $3.5 trillion bill aimed at addressing the root causes of climate change. [ read more … ]

Carbon Capture

Carbon removal technology reaches early milestone

By Corbin Hiar, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-09-07 16:04:02

The world’s largest facility dedicated to removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere is set to come online tomorrow in Iceland, a major milestone for the nascent direct air capture industry.
Constructed by the Swiss company Climeworks AG with support from Microsoft Corp., Swiss Re and other prominent corporate customers, the landmark facility is expected to pull 4,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide from the air annually and store it permanently underground. The plant is named “Orca,” which means “energy” in Icelandic, and is roughly 20 miles southeast of the capital, Reykjavík. [ read more … ]

Grid

Why Hurricane Ida crippled the New Orleans power grid

By Tim Mclaughlin and Stephanie Kelly, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2021-09-07 16:02:20

Ida’s landfall on Sunday left a wake of destruction and suffering. More than 1 million customers were without electricity immediately after the storm – a hardship that, for some, could last weeks.
Entergy Corp (ETR.N), the largest Louisiana utility, is facing tough questions on whether it had done enough to harden the electric system, which lost eight major transmission lines delivering power to the New Orleans metropolitan area. [ read more … ]

States

With energy bill in limbo, Ill. braces for nuclear closure

By Jeffrey Tomich, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-09-07 16:03:41

A yearslong drama over the future of Illinois’ energy mix and climate policy may be entering the final act, if not the final scene. Chicago-based Exelon Corp. has set Monday as the day it pulls the plug on the Byron nuclear plant in northern Illinois — one of the nation’s largest — unless the Illinois General Assembly passes legislation to rescue it from an early retirement [ read more … ]

EVs

Warren Buffett-backed electric carmaker BYD sees August sales surge more than 300%

By Arjun Kharpal, CNBC  •    •  Posted 2021-09-07 16:02:55

BYD sold 61,409 new energy vehicles in August, more than four times the amount sold a year ago, as demand for electric cars continues to rise in the world’s largest auto market. That figure was nearly evenly split between sales of battery electric vehicles and so-called plug-in hybrids. BYD, which is backed by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, is one of the biggest electric vehicle makers in China [ read more … ]

Biden’s Electric Car Plans Hinge on Having Enough Chargers

By Niraj Chokshi, Matthew Goldstein and Erin Woo, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-09-07 16:04:17

In President Biden’s vision of a green future, half of all new cars sold in 2030 will be electric. But something really basic is standing in the way of that plan: enough outlets to plug in all those cars and trucks. The country has tens of thousands of public charging stations — the electric car equivalent of gas pumps — with about 110,000 chargers. But energy and auto experts say that number needs to be at least five to 10 times as big to achieve the president’s goal. Building that many will cost tens of billions of dollars, far more than the $7.5 billion that lawmakers have set aside in the infrastructure bill. [ read more … ]

Commentary

What Stubborn Mules Can Teach Us About Teslas

By Liam Denning, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-09-07 16:02:03

It says a lot that when the tractor’s inarguable efficiency gains could no longer be ignored, the pugnacious secretary of the Horse and Mule Association recast this as the “inclination of the human race to be lazy,” adding, in words tailor-made for a Deere campaign, that farmers “want to get their work done in less time.”  Herein lies the hopeful undercurrent for EVs. Yes, it takes a combination of sometimes unforeseen and seemingly unrelated developments to tip the balance toward change. But when it happens, it quickly acquires the mantle of inevitability, and rival technologies tend not to coexist for very long. [ read more … ]

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