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January 26, 2022

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Tech giants, utility group back EPA in SCOTUS climate case

By Pamela King, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-01-26 15:56:20

Apple, Netflix and other leading technology companies are urging the Supreme Court to uphold EPA’s authority to issue broad climate rules. Although the private sector is committed to addressing climate change, attorneys for the companies wrote in a “friend of the court” brief today, EPA’s role in forcing action via regulation is “vitally important” in the fight against planet-warming emissions. Private companies “cannot fight climate change alone,” the companies wrote in their amicus brief. “It is vital that [EPA] play a lead role by regulating greenhouse gas emissions. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

CEO of largest U.S. renewables developer: ‘We don’t need BBB’

By Kristi E. Swartz, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-01-26 15:56:49

“We don’t need BBB to deliver on the expectations that we just laid out,” CEO Jim Robo said during a conference call to discuss the company’s 2021 earnings. “I think about BBB as an accelerator, not as something that we would need in order to deliver on what we just laid out.” Robo also announced he was stepping aside after two decades with the company, 10 of which he has served as CEO. [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

Keeping solar competitive

BY MATTHEW CHOI, Politico  •    •  Posted 2022-01-26 15:51:37

 The House introduced the text of its competitiveness bill Tuesday night, dubbed the America COMPETES Act. The package includes a host of incentives for domestic research and development as well as $52 billion in semiconductor funding. But it also includes provisions stiffening trade rules that will cause conflicts with the Senate passed version [ read more … ]

BBB Bill

Building back BBB

BY MATTHEW CHOI, Politico  •    •  Posted 2022-01-26 15:52:47

Despite support among scientists and activists, Democrats aren’t doing too hot selling the climate provisions to everyday Americans. Less than 40 percent of respondents to a POLITICO/Harvard poll felt the climate portions of BBB would make progress — a figure far below respondents’ support for other social spending portions of the package including universal pre-K and paid parental leave. That’s in contrast to the situation in Washington where the climate portions appear to have the highest potential for agreement across the party. [ read more … ]


New Mexico governor just signed on as a substitute teacher amid steep staff shortages

By Sydney Page, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2022-01-26 15:52:00

For students across the country, staffing shortages caused by the omicron coronavirus variant have been upending the school year. To help fill the void, some people are finding new ways to pitch in — including the governor of New Mexico. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D), who has no previous experience in education, plans to work double duty: She recently registered to become a licensed volunteer substitute teacher and will begin in an elementary classroom on Wednesday morning. [ read more … ]

Air Pollution

Even Low Levels of Soot Can Be Deadly to Older People, Research Finds

By Lisa Friedman, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2022-01-26 15:55:02

The new study is the first in the United States to document deadly effects of the particulate matter known as PM 2.5 (because its width is 2.5 microns or less) on people who live in rural areas and towns with little industry. “We found a risk of dying early from exposure to air pollution, even at very low levels of air pollution across the United States,” said Daniel S. Greenbaum, president of the Health Effects Institute. Other studies have linked fine soot pollution to higher rates of death from Covid-19, with Black and other communities of color particularly at risk because they are more likely to be located near highways, power plants and other industrial facilities. [ read more … ]


E.P.A. Chief Vows to ‘Do Better’ to Protect Poor Communities From Environmental Harm

By Lisa Friedman, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2022-01-26 08:46:31

On Wednesday the E.P.A. will announce that it will step up monitoring and enforcement of federal rules regarding air and water quality, particularly in communities of color, which are disproportionately burdened by pollution. “Seeing the situation for myself, talking directly to community members, it is startling where we get to this point — the point where children miss school days because the water isn’t safe,” Mr. Regan said. He called the environmental conditions he had witnessed in many parts of the nation “unacceptable in the United States of America.” [ read more … ]

Climate Litigation

Judges appear skeptical of Big Oil’s climate claims

By Lesley Clark, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-01-26 15:52:25

A panel of judges appeared skeptical yesterday of giving federal courts exclusive rights to hear climate change cases against fossil fuel firms. During oral arguments, three judges of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals repeatedly quizzed an attorney for BP PLC and other oil and gas companies on why Baltimore’s case asking industry to pay up for climate impacts belongs before federal — rather than state — judges. [ read more … ]


Older Americans Prefer to Get Electric Vehicles From Legacy Automakers

By Ira Boudway, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2022-01-26 15:53:56

In the survey of 2,200 U.S. adults, 38 percent of those born between 1946 and 1964 said they would prefer to buy an EV from a company that traditionally has produced gas-powered cars, while only 12 percent said they would prefer a manufacturer that offers only electric options. The survey showed a generational divide in the EV market, with both Baby Boomers and members of Generation X leaning toward legacy automakers, while Millennials and Gen Z preferred pure-play electric manufacturers: [ read more … ]




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