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September 28, 2021

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U.S. environment agency urged by 21 states to toughen vehicle emissions rewrite

By David Shepardson, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2021-09-28 15:46:42

A group of 21 state attorneys general, the District of Columbia, and several major U.S. cities urged the Biden administration to finalize significantly stricter vehicle emissions rules than it has proposed. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in August called for reversing the Trump-era loosening of vehicle emissions rules with a new plan to boost efficiency 10% in the 2023 model year and aim for a fleet average of 52 miles per gallon (mpg) by 2026.
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Solar Energy

U.S. Solar Group Says Expanded Tariffs Would Cripple Industry

By Brian Eckhouse and Maxwell Adler, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-09-28 15:48:55

A prominent U.S. solar industry-group is warning that expanded tariffs — if imposed by the Commerce Department — would crimp installations at a time when the Biden administration is pushing to significantly boost sun-based power. The Solar Energy Industries Association estimates that potential duties on some imports from Malaysia, Vietnam and Thailand would increase costs, prompt job losses and could depress installations by almost a third below prior forecasts for 2022 and 2023, according to a presentation Monday from the Washington-based trade group. Those countries accounted for more than 80% of photovoltaic imports to the U.S. in the first half of this year, according to BloombergNEF. [ read more … ]

China Power Outages

Power Outages Hit China, Threatening the Economy and Christmas

By Keith Bradsher, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-09-28 15:51:19

Power cuts and even blackouts have slowed or closed factories across China in recent days, adding a new threat to the country’s slowing economy and potentially further snarling global supply chains ahead of the busy Christmas shopping season in the West. The outages have rippled across most of eastern China, where the bulk of the population lives and works. Some building managers have turned off elevators. Some municipal pumping stations have shut down, prompting one town to urge residents to store extra water for the next several months, though it later withdrew the advice. [ read more … ]

Reconciliation Bill

Climate plans in flux as Democrats eye reconciliation deal

By Emma Dumain, Geof Koss, Nick Sobczyk, Jeremy Dillon, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-09-28 15:48:06

House Democratic leaders continued to project outward confidence last night they’ll be able to reach an agreement with the Senate by Thursday on a massive spending package, despite a litany of outstanding policy differences related to climate and continued clashes over the current $3.5 trillion top-line number. In a closed-door caucus meeting, however, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) delivered a sobering reality check: They may not meet the deadline to close the deal, which progressives say they need in order to shore up the votes to pass a separate $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure measure. [ read more … ]

Climate

Exxon splits with lobbyist who divulged climate strategy

By Corbin Hiar, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-09-28 15:47:48

Exxon Mobil Corp. has parted ways with Keith McCoy, its lobbyist who divulged aspects of the company’s climate strategy in a secretly recorded video. “Mr. McCoy no longer works for the company,” Exxon spokesperson Casey Norton said in an email to E&E News yesterday afternoon. It’s unclear when McCoy left the company or if the oil major is still providing him legal representation related to congressional investigations spawned from his recorded comments. [ read more … ]

EVs

Ford Will Build 4 Factories in a Big Electric Vehicle Push

By Neal E. Boudette, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-09-28 15:47:06

Ford Motor significantly increased its commitment to electric cars and trucks on Monday by announcing that it would spend billions of dollars to build three battery factories and an electric truck plant in the United States, creating 11,000 jobs over the next four years. The company described the investment, which it said would enable it to produce more than one million electric vehicles a year in the second half of this decade, as the single largest in its 118-year history. All told, Ford and a South Korean supplier will spend $11.4 billion on the project. [ read more … ]

Ford unveils record $11B bet on sprawling EV factories

By David Ferris, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-09-28 15:47:23

Ford Motor Co. said it would go big on electric vehicles and last night explained what that means: two new factories in the Southeast to make legions of batteries and up to a million electric pickup trucks a year. In Stanton, Tenn., currently little more than a gas-station outpost northeast of Memphis, Ford intends to build a “megacampus” covering almost 6 square miles. There it will synthesize batteries from raw materials and build electric pickups of all sizes, the company announced. And in Glendale, Ky., a white-picket-fence town of 1,700 where the people of Louisville shop for antiques, Ford said it will work with its Korean partner SK Innovation Co., to build two massive battery plants.
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