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November 21, 2021

Top Story

House Passes the Largest Expenditure on Climate in U.S. History

By Coral Davenport, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-11-21 13:30:10

The centerpiece of the new climate legislation is $320 billion in tax incentives for producers and buyers of wind, solar and nuclear power. Buyers of electric vehicles would receive up to $12,500 in tax credits, depending on what portion of the vehicle parts were made in America and whether they were built by union workers. The legislation provides funds to create charging stations for electric vehicles and update the electric grid to accommodate transmission of wind and solar power, as well as money for climate-friendly farming and forestry programs. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

YIMBY? Cape Cod welcomes first large U.S. offshore wind farm

By Benjamin Storrow, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-11-21 13:31:02

When a developer proposed building an offshore wind farm in Nantucket Sound two decades ago, some of the fiercest opposition came from Cape Cod residents.
Last week,, they struck a different tone, welcoming America’s first major offshore wind project ashore with open arms.
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Work starting on 1st commercial-scale US offshore wind farm

By Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2021-11-21 13:29:49

U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland joined with Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday to mark the groundbreaking of the Vineyard Wind 1 project, the first commercial-scale offshore wind farm in the United States. The project is the first of many that will contribute to President Joe Biden’s goal of 30 gigawatts of offshore wind energy by 2030 and to Massachusetts’ goal of 5.6 gigawatts by 2030, Haaland said at the event in the town of Barnstable on Cape Cod. [ read more … ]

Offshore wind for all? Ground breaking

BY MATTHEW CHOI, Politico  •    •  Posted 2021-11-21 13:30:37

The nation’s first commercial-scale offshore wind farm marked the start of onshore construction with a ground-breaking ceremony Thursday attended by Interior Secretary Deb Haaland. Vineyard Wind received its environmental permit from the Biden administration earlier this year — a move that marked the opening salvo of the Biden administration’s push to add 30 gigawatts of offshore wind generation to U.S. coastal waters by 2030. [ read more … ]

Reconciliation Bill

Climate Actions in New Law Are Merely a Down Payment

By Leslie Kaufman, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-11-21 13:31:59

mid much pomp and for many, much relief, U.S. President Joe Biden on Monday signed the bipartisan Infrastructure and Investment and Jobs Act into law. By almost any measure, it is one of the greenest laws in American history, containing billions for energy efficiency, electric-vehicle infrastructure, and mass transit. But by the critical measure of whether it will keep Biden’s pledges to bring America’s greenhouse-gas emissions toward net zero by 2050, it is almost entirely without impact.
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Air Pollution

New Delhi’s Air Turns Toxic, and the Finger-Pointing Begins

By Hari Kumar and Emily Schmall, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-11-21 13:32:36

India’s air quality suffers from its appetite for fossil fuels, which has only grown after two decades of rapid economic growth. Last year, India was home to 15 of the 20 cities with the most hazardous air globally, and health experts have detailed how such conditions can lead to brain damage, respiratory problems and early death. [ read more … ]

EVs

Biden Says Infrastructure Bill to Boost U.S.-Built Electric Cars

By Justin Sink, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-11-21 13:31:27

Biden said the legislation, along with his Build Back Better proposal, would kick-start sales of vehicle batteries, parts and other materials. “We’re going to make sure the jobs of the future end up here in Michigan, not halfway around the world,” Biden said at the plant. The bill includes not just $7.5 billion to build about 400,000 new electric charging stations, but billions more for roads, rail, and ports. The stakes are immense: White House officials are counting on the legislation to turn around perceptions that both the nation’s economic standing and Biden’s presidency are faltering. [ read more … ]

Electric-Vehicle Spat Looms Over Biden’s Meeting With Canadian, Mexican Leaders

By Paul Vieira and Sabrina Siddiqui, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2021-11-21 13:29:28

The president met with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador in the White House. The first trilateral summit since 2016 touched on Canadian-operated pipelines, immigration at the Mexican border, the coronavirus pandemic and other issues. The leaders had already expressed discontent with the Biden legislative agenda. A roughly $2 trillion healthcare, education and climate-change packagebeing negotiated by House and Senate Democrats proposes to give consumers a tax write-off of as much as $12,500 if they buy electric vehicles assembled by union workers using American-built batteries. Automobiles produced in nonunion factories would qualify for $4,500 less. [ read more … ]

 

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