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October 11, 2021

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Major Climate Action at Stake in Fight Over Twin Bills Pending in Congress

By Brad Plumer and Winston Choi-Schagrin, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-10-11 14:45:44

Mr. Biden’s plan to try to fortify the United States against extreme weather — and cut the carbon dioxide emissions that are heating the Earth and fueling disasters — is embedded in two pieces of legislation pending on Capitol Hill. The future of both bills remains in question, with tension between moderate and progressive Democrats over the size and scope of many details. Together, they contain what would be the most significant climate action ever taken by the United States. Because Democrats could lose control of Congress after 2022 and Republicans have shown little interest in climate legislation, it could be years before another opportunity arises — a delay that scientists say the planet cannot afford. [ read more … ]

Climate

In a World Fighting Climate Change, Fossil Fuels Take Revenge

By Javier Blas, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-10-11 14:45:06

With its chimneys towering 200 meters above the industrial heartland of England, West Burton A power station is a relic of the fossil fuel age. When fired up, its boilers burn thousands of tonnes of coal each day, spewing out the carbon dioxide that’s warming up the planet. After more than 50 years of operation, it will close next year, part of a global transition into green energy sources like wind and solar. It’s only rarely used, but for several days in September, it was this old, polluting facility that kept the lights on in the U.K. [ read more … ]

Emissions

Biden EPA to tighten soot standards Trump left unchanged

By E.A. Crunden, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-10-11 08:42:06

EPA career employees have again found grounds to tighten national soot standards after the Trump administration opted to leave them unchanged. The agency said that evidence warrants cutting the annual average exposure standard for soot from 12 micrograms per cubic meter of air to as low as 8 micrograms. EPA also said it tentatively sees grounds for cutting the 24-hour standard from 35 micrograms down to 30 micrograms, although any such tightening would hinge on a different policy approach. [ read more … ]

Markets

Shipping’s Future Fuels Could Prove a Lucrative Bet

By Jack Wittels, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-10-11 14:45:32

The race to wean shipping off oil and switch to cleaner fuels should prove lucrative for investors and is drawing interest from fund managers, according to Boston Consulting Group. Hitting climate targets means shipping has to start using clean marine fuels such as ammonia, methanol and biofuel, the U.S.-based consultancy said. It’s a big transition and requires major spending, creating investment opportunities in, for example, companies that will make the alternative fuels, or into the new infrastructure needed at ports. [ read more … ]

EVs

Democrats’ electric vehicle push sparks intense lobbying fight

By Karl Evers-Hillstrom, The Hill  •    •  Posted 2021-10-11 14:44:39

Democrats’ effort to spur electric vehicle (EV) adoption has set off an intense lobbying battle on Capitol Hill as car manufacturers jockey for influence over legislation that will shape the industry’s future. Automakers generally back President Biden’s green energy plan, which would spend billions of government dollars to construct charging stations across the nation and expand incentives that lessen the cost of buying an EV. But they’re sharply divided over a key tax credit component of the proposal. [ read more … ]

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