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December 19, 2021

Top Story

Air pollution still disproportionately harms communities of color, study says

By Maxine Joselow, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2021-12-19 09:59:23

While the air in the United States has gotten cleaner since 1990, people of color are still exposed to six major air pollutants more than White people, according to research published today. The study by University of Washington researchers is one of the most comprehensive looks to date at the racial and ethnic disparities in air pollution exposure nationwide. The study looked at six pollutants that can harm human health: nitrogen dioxide (NO2), carbon monoxide (CO), ozone (O3), sulfur dioxide (SO2), and particulate matter — both larger particles such as dust (PM10) and smaller particles such as molecules from vehicle exhaust (PM2.5). [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Big Offshore Wind Farms Win Maryland, Massachusetts Approval

By David R Baker, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-12-19 09:59:52

Four offshore wind power projects in two East Coast states won the backing of government officials Friday, as the region increasingly eyes offshore turbines as a source of clean energy. Maryland regulators approved credits to two developers, Orsted AS and US Wind, each proposing to install enough turbines to generate more than 800 megawatts of electricity. Massachusetts picked Avangrid Inc. and a joint venture of Shell New Energies US and OW North America to develop offshore wind farms that, combined, will produce 1,632 megawatts of electricity.  [ read more … ]

Biden admin clears way for N.Y. offshore wind leases

By David Iaconangelo, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-12-19 10:01:58

The Biden administration has found that huge arrays of offshore wind turbines off the coast of New York and New Jersey won’t cause significant impacts to the local environment, clearing the way for highly anticipated lease sales. Issued by the Interior Department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management today, the finding moves the New York Bight closer to being auctioned off to offshore wind developers — a sale that would be the first under President Biden.
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Interior clears key hurdle for wind farms off New York and New Jersey

By Zack Budryk, The Hill  •    •  Posted 2021-12-19 10:00:55

The Biden administration on Thursday announced it has determined wind farms offshore New Jersey and New York would not pose a major disruption to the local environment, clearing a key hurdle for lease sales in the region. In a statement, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced it has issued a finding of no significant impact for leasing nearly 800,000 acres in the New York Bight. The bight encompasses an area between Cape May in New Jersey and Montauk Point in Long Island. [ read more … ]

U.S. fishing industry teams up with oil lobby to fight offshore wind

By Nichola Groom, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2021-12-19 10:00:15

Members of the U.S. commercial fishing industry are teaming up with an oil industry-backed lobbying group to fight offshore wind energy development on the East Coast, according to documents reviewed by Reuters and interviews with people involved. The unusual alliance reflects the breadth of opposition President Joe Biden faces as his administration pushes to expand offshore wind power and other clean energy sources dramatically to combat climate change. [ read more … ]


How Politics Are Determining What Stove You Use

By Brad Plumer and Hiroko Tabuchi. New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-12-19 10:02:35

In a nation that is already deeply split along partisan lines over the pandemic response, racial equity and abortion, add this: gas stoves and furnaces. This week, New York City moved to ban gas hookups in new buildings, joining cities in blue states like California, Massachusetts and Washington that want to shift homes away from burning natural gas because it releases carbon dioxide, which causes global warming. Instead, developers in New York City will have to install electric heat pumps and electric kitchen ranges in newly constructed buildings. [ read more … ]

Global use of coal approaching record highs, IEA says

By Jael Holzman, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-12-19 10:02:54

Coal demand is approaching an all-time high as economies rebound from the early lockdowns of the coronavirus pandemic, a trend that endangers international promises to cut greenhouse gas emissions, the International Energy Agency said today in a report. Worldwide levels of coal-fired electricity are “surging” toward an annual record this year, and global coal demand may be “set to reach an all-time high next year,” the energy forecaster asserted. In addition, while the pandemic was expected to drive down the use of coal-fired power, the decline that happened turned out to be far more muted than initial expectations, according to the report. [ read more … ]

Carbon Capture

The cash behind carbon removal: Big Oil, tech and taxpayers

By Corbin Hiar, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2021-12-19 10:01:26

The bipartisan infrastructure bill President Biden signed into law last month provides $3.5 billion to create four regional direct air capture hubs with the capacity to capture and sequester at least 1 million tons of carbon annually. It also sets aside $100 million for a commercial direct air capture technology prize and $15 million for a pre-commercial competition. For broader carbon capture efforts, the law provides $2.1 billion in low-interest loans to underwrite large carbon pipeline projects and $2.5 billion for the Department of Energy’s carbon storage program. Those pots of money could support carbon capture efforts at fossil fuel-fired facilities, which aim to prevent new emissions rather than remove carbon already in the atmosphere. [ read more … ]

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