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December 15, 2021

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Biden to Toughen Auto Emissions Limits to Counter Climate Change

By Jennifer A Dlouhy, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-12-15 15:57:02

The Biden administration is preparing to impose more stringent limits on car and truck emissions in an effort to clamp down on a top U.S. source of the greenhouse gases fueling climate change. 
The standards, set to govern passenger cars and light trucks from model years 2023 through 2026, will reverse a Trump-era move to relax the mandates and are set to be issued within days, according to three people familiar with the matter.  [ read more … ]

Reconciliation Bill

Senate Dems huddle on climate as reconciliation deadline nears

By Nick Sobczyk, Emma Dumain, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-12-15 15:58:36

With a self-imposed deadline fast approaching, more than a dozen Senate Democrats huddled with Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) yesterday to discuss the climate portion of their massive social spending package. But lawmakers emerged no closer to a deal on a handful of key provisions, including a methane fee and a new electric vehicle tax credit. [ read more … ]

Greens offer warnings, pressure on reconciliation inaction

By Jeremy Dillon, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-12-15 15:58:18

Leading environmental and climate advocates predicted yesterday that President Biden will lack the necessary tools to hit his ambitious greenhouse gas reduction goals if Congress fails to follow through on the $1.7 trillion reconciliation package. The warning comes as green groups have begun ratcheting up pressure to spur action on the bill. Part of that plan involves a new $1 million ad campaign and a messaging effort to beat back economic and deficit concerns lobbed against the bill by Republicans and skeptical moderate Democrats.
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Climate Change

Climate change has destabilized the Earth’s poles, putting the rest of the planet in peril

By Sarah Kaplan, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2021-12-15 15:56:44

The ice shelf was cracking up. Surveys showed warm ocean water eroding its underbelly. Satellite imagery revealed long, parallel fissures in the frozen expanse, like scratches from some clawed monster. One fracture grew so big, so fast, scientists took to calling it “the dagger.” It was hugely surprising to see things changing that fast,” said Erin Pettit. The Oregon State University glaciologist had chosen this spot for her Antarctic field research precisely because of its stability. While other parts of the infamous Thwaites Glacier crumbled, this wedge of floating ice acted as a brace, slowing the melt. It was supposed to be boring, durable, safe. [ read more … ]

Coal, Natural Gas

Mo. utility to shut down large coal plant 15 years early

By Jeffrey Tomich, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-12-15 15:57:26

Midwestern utility Ameren Corp. has decided to pull the plug on its second-largest coal plant, choosing to shut down the 45-year-old plant 15 years ahead of schedule rather than install $1 billion in pollution controls to keep it running. The decision to shutter the 1,242-megawatt plant follows more than a decade of litigation with the Department of Justice, which sued Ameren during the Obama administration for upgrading the plant without getting needed air permits — a change that led to an increase in sulfur dioxide emissions [ read more … ]

NYC set to enact gas ban with national implications

By David Iaconangelo, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-12-15 15:59:05

New York City is poised to become the largest U.S. city to ban the use of fossil fuels for building heat, making it a test bed for national efforts to ditch natural gas. Due for a vote this afternoon by the City Council, the ban would apply in 2023 to new buildings that are less than seven stories tall and would cover all new construction by 2027. A majority of council members have signed on as co-sponsors of the bill, and Mayor Bill de Blasio is a lead backer, making its passage likely.
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As Biden expands EV charging, worries about the grid grow

By Arianna Skibell, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-12-15 15:57:59

Top Biden administration officials have signed an agreement that paves the way for millions of electric vehicles to come online by the end of this decade. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg yesterday finalized a memorandum of understanding to create a Joint Office of Energy and Transportation. The office will support the deployment of $7.5 billion included in President Biden’s infrastructure law to build out a national network of 500,000 EV charging stations.
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