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January 27, 2022

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Climate ‘champion’ sought to replace Breyer

By Lesley Clark, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-01-27 16:59:52

“I don’t think he goes in there thinking, ‘It’s an environmental case, I know where I will stand,’ but in practice he has tended to come out pretty often on the environmental side,” Dan Farber, faculty director of the Center for Law, Energy and the Environment at the University of California, Berkeley, said in an interview. “He’s a thoughtful, supportive voice for a pragmatic perspective that right now seems to have trouble finding a place in the political spectrum.” Notably, Breyer voted with the 5-4 majority in Massachusetts v. EPA in 2007, which said the federal government has the authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions as “air pollutants” under the Clean Air Act. [ read more … ]

Transmission

DOE leverages new and existing authorities to spur transmission development key to energy transition

By Ethan Howland, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2022-01-27 17:01:50

The Department of Energy has developed a plan for reducing barriers to high-voltage transmission projects that includes public-private partnerships, permitting and planning support, and about $20 billion in financing. The move comes as the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, another key player in the transmission arena, is preparing to propose changes to its rules for transmission planning, determining who pays for the infrastucture and connecting power facilities to the grid. [ read more … ]

Natural Gas

Gas stoves in kitchens pose a risk to public health and the planet, research finds

By Maxine Joselow, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2022-01-27 17:01:22

The appliances release far more of the potent planet-warming gas methane than the Environmental Protection Agency estimates, Stanford University scientists found in a study published Thursday in the journal Environmental Science and Technology. The appliances also emit significant amounts of nitrogen dioxide, a pollutant that can trigger asthma and other respiratory conditions. [ read more … ]

Nuclear Fusion

DOE lab achieves key milestone for fusion energy

By Peter Behr, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-01-27 17:00:56

Scientists at a Department of Energy national laboratory are reporting a significant milestone in their pursuit of the distant quest to generate limitless, carbon-free electricity from fusion energy reactors. The researchers at DOE’s National Ignition Facility at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory used a barrage of beams from the world’s most powerful laser to fuse hydrogen atoms together in a “burning plasma” reaction — a key threshold in reaching carbon-free fusion. They reported details in the journal Nature Physics this week, following a series of experiments in 2020 and last year that achieved more powerful sustained reactions, if only for fractions of a second. [ read more … ]

Researchers achieve milestone on path toward nuclear fusion energy

  •    •  Posted 2022-01-27 17:00:40

U.S. government scientists said on Wednesday they have taken an important step in the long trek toward making nuclear fusion – the very process that powers stars – a viable energy source for humankind. Using the world’s largest laser, the researchers coaxed fusion fuel for the first time to heat itself beyond the heat they zapped into it, achieving a phenomenon called a burning plasma that marked a stride toward self-sustaining fusion energy. [ read more … ]

Carbon Capture

Top U.S. oil states vie for carbon capture oversight to speed up permits

By Liz Hampton, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2022-01-27 17:02:13

Top U.S. oil-producing states are trying to wrest oversight of carbon capture wells from federal regulators, hoping to speed the oil industry’s preferred approach to combating climate warming amid calls for limits on fossil fuel production. Companies are proposing carbon capture and storage (CCS) hubs to sequester greenhouse gas emissions from refineries, chemical and natural gas plants, a move that could help slow global warming. [ read more … ]

Environmental Justice

Regan vows concrete steps to confront EJ problems

By Kelsey Brugger, Sean Reilly, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-01-27 17:00:13

EPA Administrator Michael Regan pledged to take multiple concrete actions to fight environmental injustice, including unannounced inspections of facilities, bolstering air monitoring capacity and strengthening emissions standards for ethylene oxide, a toxic chemical. Two months after his visit to Southern communities plagued with pollution problems, Regan told reporters on a call last night that his “Journey to Justice” tour directly influenced his decisions to improve communities through national initiatives and localized actions [ read more … ]

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