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December 5, 2021

Top Story

U.S. Energy Secretary praises Rhode Island for role in offshore wind power

By Alex Kuffner, The Providence Journal  •    •  Posted 2021-12-05 10:57:42

She came to Rhode Island at the invitation of Gov. Dan McKee, who said he wanted to showcase what the state has done to support offshore wind. The first offshore wind farm in the nation, a 30-megawatt demonstration project, was installed in state waters off Block Island five years ago. And the state has signed on for another 400 megawatts of capacity from a much larger wind farm known as Revolution Wind planned far off the coast.  [ read more … ]

Reconciliation Bill

Dems lean into extreme weather to sell climate package

By Nick Sobczyk, George Cahlink, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-12-05 10:58:48

On Sept. 2, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) stood in New York City with top state and local officials amid the wreckage of Hurricane Ida. The storm’s remnants had just swept through the region earlier that month, killing dozens. “Woe is us if we don’t recognize these changes are due to climate change,” Schumer said during a news conference with New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D). “Woe is us if we don’t do something about it quickly.” It was a preview of the political message to come over the next two months, as Democrats attempted to assemble the most ambitious climate legislation in U.S. history. [ read more … ]

‘We aren’t going to just roll over’: GOP eyes climate cuts

By Jeremy Dillon, Nick Sobczyk, Emma Dumain, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-12-05 10:58:32

Senate Republicans will try their best to remove some of the more controversial climate provisions from the Democrats’ $1.75 trillion social and climate spending package. Whether they’ll succeed is another question. Among the provisions being sized up for the chopping block: a new methane fee, some tax credits for electric vehicles, and new oil and gas royalties. They’ll seek to cut these through the budget appeals process governing the rules of reconciliation. [ read more … ]

Chevron

Justices Eye New Chevron Approach As Industry Seeks End To Deference

By David LaRoss, Inside Washington Publishers  •    •  Posted 2021-12-05 10:58:00

The Supreme Court is weighing whether to curb — or even overturn — its long-standing Chevron doctrine that guides deference to EPA and other agencies as it considers a just-argued Medicare case, which industry groups say could be a vehicle to restrict EPA’s regulatory powers under several statutes. During Nov. 30 argument in American Hospital Association (AHA), et al. v. Becerra, et al., justices from the high court’s liberal and conservative wings both signaled that they were open to at least narrowing application of the long-standing Chevron test, which generally requires courts to defer to agencies’ “reasonable” interpretations of ambiguous statutory text. [ read more … ]

Carbon Capture

Carbon Capture: The Vacuum the Climate May Depend On

By Eric Roston and Leslie Kaufman, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-12-05 10:59:06

The most recent report by the world’s top climate scientists was alarmingly clear: If we are to avoid the most calamitous consequences of warming our planet, we must get as good at taking carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere as we’ve been at putting it in. Even if solar panels and wind turbines sprout like mushrooms, reaching “net-zero” is going to require capturing large amounts of emissions from activities that are hard to decarbonize, like making cement. Holding temperatures down will also require vacuuming huge amounts of carbon out of the air. The challenge is that current technology for both these tasks is a long, long way from being able to reach these goals. [ read more … ]

Coal

Trump rule meant to save coal is forcing plants to close

By Hannah Northey, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-12-05 10:59:36

Advocates say that while coal-fired utilities are announcing their intent to close or shift to gas, those decisions are not firm commitments. And by making such an announcement, advocates say utilities are taking advantage of a loophole in the wastewater rule that allows them to avoid installing equipment to clean up wastewater and continue discharging wastewater for the next seven years. Advocates also say the majority of the coal plants were already facing daunting economic challenges that fueled their decision to ultimately close. [ read more … ]

Off Topic

Senate sinks deeper into quagmire of dysfunction

By BURGESS EVERETT and MARIANNE LEVINE, Politico  •    •  Posted 2021-12-05 10:58:16

Things are so bad that Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is now openly entertaining rules changes and singling out Rubio (R-Fla.), with whom he once worked on immigration reform. Schumer’s deputy, Majority Whip Dick Durbin, said Democrats should entertain rules changes not just to the filibuster’s 60-vote threshold but the humdrum rules that empower individual senators to threaten a government shutdown or debt default if Congress gets too close to a critical deadline. [ read more … ]

 

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