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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

November 22, 2021

Top Story

EV Credit, Methane Fees: What $555 Billion Climate Plan Would Do

By Ari Natter, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-11-22 15:23:17

While mainstream environmental groups have cheered the bill, it’s been blasted by activists for failing to repeal oil industry tax breaks and for providing billions in subsidies that would prolong the life of coal-fired power plants through carbon-capture projects. A plan to compel utilities to generate electricity using clean power sources, and to fine those that don’t, was dropped after opposition from West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin, a key Democratic swing vote in the evenly-split Senate. [ read more … ]

States

Northeast states abandon cap-and-trade plan for cars

By Benjamin Storrow, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-11-22 15:22:41

Another American carbon pricing plan has died. The Transportation and Climate Initiative — a cap-and-trade program covering cars in three Northeastern states and the District of Columbia — was abandoned last week after Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont (D) and Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) pulled the plug on the program. [ read more … ]

FERC

Fight escalates over FERC gas, climate reviews

By Carlos Anchondo, Niina H. Farah, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-11-22 15:22:22

Federal energy regulators wrestled last week with the emerging question of how they can account for greenhouse gas emissions when reviewing new natural gas projects. Charged with approving major energy projects such as natural gas pipelines and export terminals, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission historically has not considered proposed projects’ contributions to climate change, a position that has drawn criticism from environmental groups, legal experts and Richard Glick, the commission’s Democratic chairman. Still, others say FERC’s authority is narrowly defined by Congress and doesn’t include mitigating greenhouse gas emissions. [ read more … ]

EVs

Inside the post office’s 122-year drive to EV mail delivery

By Arianna Skibell, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-11-22 15:22:57

The White House has a plan to revolutionize the way the U.S. Postal Service delivers mail. President Biden along with congressional Democrats want to overhaul all 228,000 postal delivery trucks and replace them with electric vehicles — flipping the largest civilian fleet in the federal workforce and ditching thousands of ancient vans that get 10 mpg. But the post office has been down this road before. [ read more … ]

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