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November 2, 2021

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U.S. EPA to draft power plant emissions rules despite court ruling

By Valerie Volcovici, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2021-11-02 20:26:39

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will continue to draft rules targeting greenhouse gas emissions from power plants despite a surprise Supreme Court decision last week to review its authority to do so, its administrator told Reuters on Monday.The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will continue to draft rules targeting greenhouse gas emissions from power plants despite a surprise Supreme Court decision last week to review its authority to do so, its administrator told Reuters on Monday. Regan said he expects the court to back the EPA’s authority, and added that he also remains confident Biden can work with a divided Congress to pass important climate legislation

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Transmission

The Maine line

BY MATTHEW CHOI, Politico  •    •  Posted 2021-11-02 20:27:02

Maine voters go to the polls today to vote on a new transmission project that would bring enough electricity from Canadian hydro to power 1.2 million homes. The project has the backing of Gov. Janet Mills and the Biden administration, with Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm urging voters to support the project on Twitter. But the new connection is also garnering resistance from two sides that are normally at odds with each other: environmentalists and natural gas plant operators. [ read more … ]

Reconciliation Bill

Left gives in, holds nose at ‘grotesque’ climate compromise

By Emma Dumain, Nick Sobczyk, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-11-02 20:28:43

Progressives are preparing to swallow their pride and vote for the bipartisan infrastructure bill, despite continued uncertainty about whether West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin will ultimately support the complementary climate and social spending package. It’s a sudden reversal for the 96-member bloc of hardliners who have been insisting for weeks that they wouldn’t support the scaled-back, $1 trillion infrastructure measure without assurances that Manchin — and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) — would endorse the larger reconciliation bill. [ read more … ]

Earmarks

Big earmark money in Senate energy, environment bills

By George Cahlink, Thomas Frank, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-11-02 20:28:17

Environment and energy earmarks are big winners in this year’s Senate fiscal 2022 bills, with more than 20 percent of all congressionally directed spending riding on two appropriations measures. Earmarks have been revived for the first time in more than a decade, and the Energy-Water and Interior-EPA bills have become vehicles for much of that directed spending. [ read more … ]

Climate

More oil vs. climate: Can Biden have it both ways?

By Lesley Clark, Mike Lee, Ester Wells, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-11-02 20:27:50

Persistent high gasoline prices are putting President Biden in an awkward spot as he pushes for a boost in overseas oil production, even as he attends a global climate conference. Biden yesterday called the spike in prices an opportunity to push for change, and over the weekend he brushed off suggestions that it poses a conflict for his administration to ask foreign producers to increase oil supply at the same time it is calling for the world to slash emissions and move beyond fossil fuels. [ read more … ]

Even as Biden Pushes Clean Energy, He Seeks More Oil Production

By Jim Tankersley and Lisa Friedman, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-11-02 20:29:08

“On the surface, it seems like an irony,” Mr. Biden said at a news conference Sunday. “But the truth of the matter is — you’ve all known; everyone knows — that the idea we’re going to be able to move to renewable energy overnight,” he said, was “just not rational.” Mr. Biden’s words have drawn fire from energy experts and climate activists, who say the world cannot afford to ramp up oil and natural gas production if it wants to avert catastrophic levels of warming. Environmental groups are intensely watching to see how the president intends to meet his ambitious goal of halving the nation’s emissions, compared to 2005 levels, by the end of this decade. [ read more … ]

Coal consigned to history? Not yet, experts say

By Benjamin Storrow, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-11-02 20:28:02

“Consign coal power to history” has become a rallying cry of international climate talks in Scotland this week. But in reality, the world is burning more coal than ever. The divergence reflects a growing global divide on the carbon-intensive fuel. [ read more … ]

EVs

International opposition mounts over proposed U.S. EV tax credit

By David Shepardson, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2021-11-02 20:27:19

The European Union, Germany, Canada, Japan, Mexico, France, South Korea, Italy and other countries wrote U.S. lawmakers saying a proposed U.S. electric vehicle tax credit violates international trade rules, according to a joint letter made public Saturday. A group of 25 ambassadors to Washington wrote U.S. lawmakers and the Biden administration late Friday saying “limiting eligibility for the credit to vehicles based on their U.S. domestic assembly and local content is inconsistent with U.S. commitments made under WTO multilateral agreements.” [ read more … ]

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