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October 31, 2021

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Supreme Court to Hear Case on E.P.A.’s Power to Limit Carbon Emissions

By Adam Liptak, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-10-31 11:55:18

The Supreme Court agreed on Friday to hear appeals from Republican-led states and coal companies asking it to limit the Environmental Protection Agency’s power to regulate carbon emissions under the Clean Air Act. “This is the equivalent of an earthquake around the country for those who care deeply about the climate issue,” said Richard J. Lazarus, a law professor at Harvard.
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Wind Energy

Interior takes major steps on offshore wind in Atlantic, Gulf

By Heather Richards, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-10-31 11:53:21

The Biden administration is planning to extend the fledgling offshore wind sector’s footprint deeper into the southern Atlantic and into the Gulf of Mexico, Interior Department officials announced yesterday. In addition to taking the first steps to offering lease sales off the coasts of North Carolina, Louisiana and Texas, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) will begin the environmental review of a Massachusetts offshore wind project, the 11th proposed wind array advanced by the administration this year. [ read more … ]

Inside Clean Energy: Who’s Ahead in the Race for Offshore Wind Jobs in the US?

By Dan Gearino, Inside Climate News  •    •  Posted 2021-10-31 11:55:01

On a breezy morning this week, politicians gathered near the water in Portsmouth, Virginia, to talk about offshore wind energy and jobs. Siemens Gamesa of Spain, a manufacturer of wind turbines, was announcing plans for up to 310 jobs in the region as part of the ramp-up to building what will be the largest offshore wind farm in the United States. “Let me start off by saying, in a real quick word, ‘Wow,’” said Portsmouth Mayor Shannon Glover.
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Reconciliation Bill

New budget deal marks the biggest climate investment in U.S. history

By Steven Mufson and Sarah Kaplan, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2021-10-31 11:53:07

Although Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.) forced Democrats to drop a key provision targeting the electric power sector, the final bill includes an array of tax credits for companies and consumers that will make it easier to buy electric vehicles, install solar panels, retrofit buildings and manufacture wind turbines and other clean-energy equipment in the United States. The climate package comes at a time when President Biden is hoping to demonstrate at a high-profile United Nations summit next week that the United States can meet its international climate commitments. The legislation, coupled with executive actions, could help Biden halve U.S. greenhouse gas emissions in less than nine years compared with 2005 levels. [ read more … ]

Democrats release text of budget reconciliation package

By George Cahlink, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-10-31 11:54:44

Congressional Democrats released details this afternoon of how they’ll spend $550 billion for climate programs in President Biden’s emerging budget reconciliation package as well as other environmental policies. The 1,600-page package spells out $1.7 trillion in spending across a host of domestic priorities. The House Rules Committee is taking up the bill this afternoon, but floor action has yet to be scheduled. [ read more … ]

Climate

After historic hearing, panel to issue subpoenas to oil companies

By Nick Sobczyk, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-10-31 11:54:25

House Oversight and Reform Chair Carolyn Maloney said yesterday that she intends to subpoena four major oil companies and two trade organizations for documents and communications as part of her committee’s investigation into climate misinformation. The subpoenas, expected to be formally issued in the coming days, would be a major step, extending the reach of a congressional probe of the fossil fuel industry that could last well into next year. [ read more … ]

‘The job is not done.’ What the climate deal means for CO2

By Benjamin Storrow, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-10-31 11:54:08

In 2010, former President Obama pulled the plug on a cap-and-trade proposal to push through other parts of his domestic agenda. A decade passed before Congress tackled climate policy again.
When it did, President Biden chose the opposite path of his former boss. The reconciliation package announced by Biden yesterday calls for $555 billion in climate and clean energy spending, making it the largest climate investment in American history and the biggest section of the $1.75 trillion budget deal. [ read more … ]

FERC

States, public need bigger role in transmission development, FERC’s Glick says

By Ethan Howland, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2021-10-31 11:52:35

Giving states and the public a bigger role in planning and reviewing transmission projects will make it easier to build the infrastructure needed to meet clean energy and grid reliability goals, according to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Richard Glick. A task force between FERC and state utility regulators that meets next month for the first time could produce a “roadmap” for improving the lengthy transmission development process, Glick said Wednesday in a webinar hosted by the Niskanen Center and the Clean Air Task Force. [ read more … ]

Court grills FERC on climate, eminent domain review of gas project

By Niina H. Farah, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-10-31 11:53:43

A federal appeals court yesterday appeared prepared to send energy regulators back to work on an approval for an embattled Oregon liquefied natural gas export facility. During a 3 ½-hour hearing yesterday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit examined whether the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission had done an adequate job of supporting the use of eminent domain for a 230-mile pipeline associated with the Jordan Cove LNG export terminal and whether the agency had properly analyzed the project’s climate impact. [ read more … ]

EVs

2022 Lucid Air: At Last, a Worthy Tesla Opponent

By Dan Neil, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2021-10-31 11:52:17

After a decade as the lonely avatar of what comes next, Tesla’s Model S finally has some right-proper competition in the electric luxury-sedan market: the 2022 Lucid Air. Designed in California and built in Arizona, the Air’s headline-making numbers are an estimated 451-520 miles of range, depending on model/trim—figures that handily exceed Tesla’s long-legged Model S Long Range (405 miles). As to how the 6-year-old EV start-up managed to outdistance the mighty Tesla, the short answer is higher system voltage. We’ll get there. [ read more … ]

13 years ago, Elon Musk made a bold prediction about the cost of electric cars — and he was right

By Brandon Gomez, CNBC  •    •  Posted 2021-10-31 11:55:34

Thirteen years ago, Tesla was regularly criticized for only “making toys for rich people,” as co-founder and CEO Elon Musk put it at the time. But Musk had a vision for the automaker’s eventual path toward affordable electric vehicles. And today, his predictions seem eerily accurate. [ read more … ]

Biden Sides With Detroit Automakers, Unions on EV Credits

By Keith Laing, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-10-31 11:55:52

Detroit automakers would be able to offer $4,500 more in tax credits to U.S. electric car buyers than rivals such as Tesla Inc. and Toyota Motor Corp. under the $1.75 trillion tax and spending proposal unveiled by the White House on Thursday. The plan calls for all automakers to be able to offer $7,500 to consumers for EV purchases for the first five years of the law, a win for Tesla and General Motors Co., which have been bumping up an existing cap that limits the number of tax credits manufacturers can offer to 200,000. [ read more … ]

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