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January 10, 2022

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2021 Was Earth’s Fifth-Hottest Year, Scientists Say

By Raymond Zhong, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2022-01-10 13:42:10

Last year was Earth’s fifth hottest on record, European scientists announced on Monday. But the fact that the worldwide average temperature didn’t beat the record is hardly reason to stop worrying about global warming’s grip on the planet, they said. Not when both the United States and Europe had their warmest summers on the books. Not when higher temperatures around the Arctic caused it to rain for the first time at the Greenland ice sheet’s normally frigid summit. [ read more … ]

2021 GHG Emissions

U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Bounced Back Sharply in 2021

By Brad Plumer, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2022-01-10 13:43:01

America’s greenhouse gas emissions from energy and industry rose 6.2 percent in 2021 as the economy began recovering from pandemic lows and the nation’s coal plants roared back to life, according to a preliminary estimate published Monday by the Rhodium Group. The rebound was not a total surprise: The nation’s emissions had plummeted more than 10 percent in 2020, the largest one-year drop on record, after the initial coronavirus outbreak triggered widespread lockdowns and energy use plunged to its lowest level in decades. As restrictions eased and economic activity picked back up, emissions were expected to bounce back. [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

Solar industry presses forword on BBB

BY MATTHEW CHOI, Politico  •    •  Posted 2022-01-10 13:43:24

The solar industry’s top trade group is calling on its members to redouble efforts to pass Democrats’ stalled social spending and climate legislation ahead of March 1, when the president is slated to deliver his State of the Union address. “Now’s the time. Build Back Better is in the final stretches. An announcement was just made that the president was going to give his State of the Union address on March 1 and that’s our new target date,” said Dan Whitten, vice president of public affairs at Solar Energy Industries Association, during a webinar Friday. SEIA held the webinar with members ahead of three days of lobbying on the bill this week. [ read more … ]

States

N.C. governor launches climate plan with ambitious EJ goals

By Daniel Cusick, Kristi E. Swartz, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-01-10 13:44:15

Democratic North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, in a sweeping executive order, expanded his administration’s clean energy and climate agenda last week by tightening the state’s carbon reduction targets to achieve net-zero emissions within 30 years. Executive Order 246 also instructs agencies to implement climate policies — including education and jobs programs — to help “marginalized communities, indigenous communities, and communities of color who have faced the impact of pollution and climate change in a disproportionate way.” [ read more … ]

BBB Bill

‘Build Back Better’ stalled as House returns

By Nick Sobczyk, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-01-10 13:44:48

Democrats’ $1.7 trillion climate and social spending bill is on ice as the Senate pivots to focus on voting rights and as talks between Sen. Joe Manchin and the White House appear to have stalled out. The House returns this week for its first action of 2022, and Democrats, for the most part, are still holding out hope that they can work through Manchin’s objections and pass some form of the “Build Back Better Act.” [ read more … ]

EVs

Electric-Vehicle Race Heats Up as Detroit Makes Its Move

By Ben Foldy, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2022-01-10 13:44:27

Auto executives have spent the past few years talking up their ambitions, allocating billions of dollars in new investment to add more electrics to their global lineups. But so far, the transition has mostly taken place behind the scenes with engineers and designers readying the next generation of vehicles. In the coming year, car buyers will start to see those efforts show up more on dealership lots. Auto makers plan to launch dozens of new electric models over the next two years in a range of different styles and at varying price points, according to analysts at Bank of America. [ read more … ]

Postal Service: Here’s the price tag for 100% EVs

By David Ferris, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-01-10 13:43:51

The U.S. Postal Service, which has been criticized for its plan to buy tens of thousands of gas-burning delivery trucks, estimates that it could in fact go all-electric if Congress gives it at least $3.3 billion. That is one of the conclusions of a final environmental impact statement that the semi-independent agency released on Friday.
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