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December 16, 2021

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Study: Fossil fuel burning linked to over 1M deaths per year

By Sean Reilly, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-12-16 18:55:53

A worldwide halt to the burning of coal and other fossil fuels would help save more than 1 million lives annually by cutting concentrations of dangerous airborne soot, researchers conclude in a new study. The study, released today by the Boston-based Health Effects Institute, found that coal combustion accounted for about half of those premature deaths, with the burning of oil and natural gas deemed responsible for the rest. [ read more … ]

Carbon Capture

Big payout, more CO2: Greens split over Dems’ CCS plan

By Benjamin Storrow, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-12-16 18:56:19

Carbon capture has long divided environmentalists. Now, that fissure is spilling into the debate over the $1.7 trillion reconciliation bill before Congress. It concerns a provision governing 45Q, the tax incentive available to carbon capture and storage projects. In the House version of the bill, also known as the “Build Back Better Act,” a power plant equipped with carbon capture technology would need to catch 75 percent of emissions in order to qualify for the credit, which the bill would increase from a maximum of $50 per ton to $85. [ read more … ]

Natural Gas

New York City bans natural gas in new buildings

By Scott Disavino and Nichola Groom, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2021-12-16 18:57:18

The New York City Council voted on Wednesday to ban the use of natural gas in new buildings, following in the footsteps of dozens of smaller U.S. cities seeking to shift from fossil fuels to cleaner forms of energy. New buildings in the biggest U.S. city with 8.8 million residents will have to use electricity for heat and cooking, according to the council vote that was streamed on its website. [ read more … ]

Reconciliation Bill

Senate Democrats begin to concede $2 trillion economic package may be delayed into 2022

By Tony Romm, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2021-12-16 18:56:53

Even after considerable legislative legwork, Democrats on Thursday said they continued to tinker with a slew of spending proposals related to climate, health care and taxes. They admitted they also had not yet completed the lengthy, intricate process that would allow them to bring the bill, known as the Build Back Better Act, to the chamber floor in a manner that could skirt Republican opposition. [ read more … ]

Groups urge Dems to preserve imperiled EV tax credit

By Arianna Skibell, Jeremy Dillon, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-12-16 18:55:31

Scores of environmental, public health and labor groups are urging Senate Democrats to preserve an imperiled electric vehicle tax credit in the sprawling $1.7 trillion climate and social spending bill. The provision would offer up to $12,500 in incentives for EVs made in the United States by unionized workers. Car companies like Toyota Motor Co. and Tesla Inc., whose workers are not unionized, have slammed the legislation as discriminatory. [ read more … ]

Senate reconciliation bill draft axes offshore drilling ban

By Emma Dumain, Jeremy Dillon, Nick Sobczyk, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-12-16 18:56:37

The Senate version of congressional Democrats’ massive climate and social spending package would allow offshore oil and gas drilling off the Atlantic, Pacific and the eastern Gulf of Mexico in the party’s massive climate and social spending package, according to draft text obtained by E&E News. The draft text comes as the Senate appears increasingly unlikely to take action on the bill before year’s end.
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