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January 13, 2022

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EPA rejected White House effort to toughen car rules

By Arianna Skibell, Kelsey Brugger, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-01-13 15:14:51

Days before EPA unveiled a new regulation designed to clean up U.S. cars, White House officials told the agency that its rule still wasn’t strong enough, according to government documents recently made public. Unnamed administration officials — in an email sent on Dec. 10 — urged EPA to limit its concessions to automakers and said that taking a tougher stance would “increase net benefits,” which would reduce climate emissions.
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Transmission

Details emerge about DOE, FERC grid plans for clean energy

By Peter Behr, Miranda Willson, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-01-13 15:13:50

The Biden administration’s plan announced yesterday to pump $20 billion into expansion of the nation’s transmission networks will target “shovel ready” projects that deliver clean energy, at the same time a nationwide grid expansion is planned and advanced, according to an administration official. The official, who spoke on background to E&E News, said the Energy Department would seek partnerships with utilities, transmission developers and state government in creating routes for new power line projects that could overcome traditional siting roadblocks. The transmission plan was announced alongside other clean energy initiatives, including an offshore wind sale off the coast of New York. [ read more … ]

Clean Energy

The clean energy charge

BY MATTHEW CHOI, Politico  •    •  Posted 2022-01-13 15:14:18

The Biden administration unveiled a suite of clean energy initiatives across numerous agencies Wednesday, including holding its first auction for offshore wind leases in the waters off of blue states New York and New Jersey and a new push for a faster transmission buildout using funds from the bipartisan infrastructure package. Agencies will also work together to better coordinate on deploying clean energy on public lands with a memorandum of understanding between departments of the Interior, Agriculture, Defense, Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency. The multi-departmental push comes as Democrats’ reconciliation package remains stalled on the Hill. Climate advocates and lawmakers insist executive action won’t be enough to reach the administration’s clean energy and emission reduction goals, and that the $555 billion in climate funding is an indispensable piece of the pie. [ read more … ]

States

2nd largest U.S. oil state eyes net-zero emissions

By Mike Lee, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-01-13 15:13:19

If the measure passes, it would require all industries in the second-biggest U.S. oil-producing state to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, including carbon dioxide and methane, to 50 percent of 2005 levels by 2030. The bill would have the state cut emissions to the equivalent of zero emissions by 2050, using a combination of actual reductions and offsets. Total emissions would have to be reduced to 10 percent of 2005 levels, to ensure that pollution doesn’t increase just because it’s offset. The bill is significant because of New Mexico’s oil production, which has grown by about a third in the last year to pumping 1.3 million barrels a day. Only a handful of other states have set carbon neutrality goals, and New Mexico’s would be among the most stringent, according to the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions. [ read more … ]

EPA ramps up pressure over state pollution loopholes

By Sean Reilly, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-01-13 15:15:11

In a coast-to-coast crackdown, EPA is poised to sanction a dozen state and local air agencies that have failed to comply with an Obama-era rule to eliminate loopholes for excess pollution from industrial plants. Among the agencies covered by “findings of failure” officially issued today are those for Alabama, Illinois, and the District of Columbia, along with the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District in California. [ read more … ]

 

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