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September 27, 2021

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House Democrats to huddle amid simmering tensions over Biden’s big economic agenda

By Tony Romm and Marianna Sotomayor, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2021-09-27 16:57:11

The full caucus meeting, called by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), sets the stage for an intensely busy next few days on Capitol Hill, where Democrats have pledged to advance critical components of President Biden’s broader economic agenda — all the while adopting must-pass measures that include a bill to prevent a government shutdown. But some of the upcoming House work already is shrouded in political bickering between moderate and liberal-leaning party lawmakers — a standoff that Pelosi must resolve to avoid a rare embarrassment on the House floor. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Scotland’s Oil Industry Is Fading as Wind Energy Beckons

By Stanley Reed, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-09-27 16:58:40

It’s easy to see how vital oil is to this venerable port city on Scotland’s northeast coast. Step out the door of the small international airport and you are buffeted from across the road by the roar of helicopters ferrying crews back and forth to oil platforms scattered across the North Sea. Drive into the city and you’ll pass sprawling office parks with oil company logos, the home for some of the 71,000 engineers, geologists, drillers and others in Scotland who work in the oil and gas industry. Overall, the industry accounts for an estimated 7 percent of Scotland’s economic output.
Yet Scotland’s oil and gas industry is in trouble. [ read more … ]

Reconciliation Bill

Meet the Senate enforcer who could sink Biden’s climate plan

By Scott Waldman, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-09-27 16:58:09

The gatekeeper for the most consequential climate bill in U.S. history works behind a nondescript door in the Capitol. She’s not recognized by tourists or followed by journalists. She can ascend the marble steps near her office without turning heads. But she has the power to short-circuit the most ambitious climate legislation ever considered by Congress. [ read more … ]

Democrats race to rescue the Biden agenda

By Geof Koss, Jeremy Dillon, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-09-27 16:58:24

With President Biden’s agenda hanging by a thread, negotiations among Democrats over trillions of dollars of infrastructure, energy and environmental spending are heading into overtime. The House Democratic caucus will try to sort out divisions between progressives and centrists that are threatening to derail both the $1.2 trillion bipartisan Senate infrastructure bill, H.R. 3684, and the $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation package that passed a key House committee Saturday. [ read more … ]

Natural Gas

Europe’s Energy Crisis Is Coming for the Rest of the World, Too

By Stephen Stapczynski, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-09-27 16:57:58

Nations are more reliant than ever on natural gas to heat homes and power industries amid efforts to quit coal and increase the use of cleaner energy sources. But there isn’t enough gas to fuel the post-pandemic recovery and refill depleted stocks before the cold months. Countries are trying to outbid one another for supplies as exporters such as Russia move to keep more natural gas home. The crunch will get a lot worse when temperatures drop. [ read more … ]

EVs

Battery Fires Haunt the Electric Car and Clean Power Revolution

By Dana Hull and Naureen S Malik, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-09-27 16:59:25

Recent battery fires haven’t happened just to cars. In early September, Vistra Corp.’s massive 300 megawatt Moss Landing battery plant in northern California was knocked offline after overheating triggered the sprinkler system. In late July, a fire broke out at one of the largest utility-scale storage projects using Tesla Inc. batteries in southeastern Australia. And in 2019, a blaze at an energy storage facility in Arizona injured four firefighters.  [ read more … ]

California sets 2030 deadline for zero-carbon robot cars

By Anne C. Mulkern, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-09-27 16:58:55

New autonomous vehicles in California must have zero carbon emissions starting in 2030, a first-in-the-nation mandate with repercussions beyond the Golden State. Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) last week signed legislation imposing the requirement, which affects light-duty passenger cars starting with 2031 models. California is one of a few states that serves as a laboratory for robot cars. [ read more … ]

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