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February 7, 2022

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New Mexico Senate passes ‘clean fuel standard.’ Lujan Grisham’s climate agenda advances

By Adrian Hedden, Carlsbad Current-Argus  •    •  Posted 2022-02-07 15:46:20

Camilla Feibelman, director of the Sierra Club’s Rio Grande Chapter said the standard was needed policy to shift New Mexico away from fossil fuels. “This bill supports the transition away from fossil fuels towards electric vehicles, which will cut down on carbon pollution and fight climate change,” she said upon the Senate’s passage. “We’ve been pleased to see this bill evolve and improve, including doubling the aspirations for greenhouse-gas reductions and a 100% investment of utility credits in electrification and impacted communities.” [ read more … ]

Carbon Capture

Climate-Change Concerns Revive Interest in Carbon Capture Despite Checkered History

By Jennifer Hiller and Collin Eaton, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2022-02-07 15:48:18

Carbon-capture projects are attracting renewed attention from investors and governments world-wide as concerns mount about the greenhouse-gas emissions linked to climate change. But the initiatives have a dismal record. More than 80% of proposed commercial carbon-capture efforts around the world have failed, primarily because the technology didn’t work as expected or the projects proved too expensive to operate, according to a 2020 study by researchers at Canada’s Carleton University, the University of California, San Diego and other institutions. [ read more … ]

U.S. carbon pipeline proposals trigger backlash over potential land seizures

By Leah Douglas, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2022-02-07 15:48:01

A flurry of proposed carbon pipelines in the U.S. Midwest has triggered a battle over whether companies behind the projects should be allowed to seize land from unwilling property owners to secure a route. Hundreds of Iowa landowners, more than a dozen state counties and a handful of lawmakers are seeking to limit the use of eminent domain law by the projects, arguing property rights and other concerns outweigh the potential benefits of the pipelines to local industry and the climate, according to a Reuters analysis of regulatory documents and interviews with people involved. [ read more … ]

States

Documents show major gaps in Texas gas inspections

By Mike Lee, Mike Soraghan, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-02-07 15:49:27

Oil and gas regulators are assuring Texans the natural gas system will keep functioning this winter, saying they’ve done more than 3,000 inspections to check on it. What they’re not saying is many of those inspections found that gas production and transmission facilities can’t guarantee they’re prepared for another hard freeze.
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Congress

Committee to study Big Oil emissions pledges

By Nick Sobczyk, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-02-07 15:48:51

The House Oversight and Reform Committee tomorrow will examine fossil fuel industry emissions pledges after delaying a planned hearing with board members from major oil companies. Climate scientist Michael Mann will testify alongside Tracey Lewis, policy counsel for Public Citizen, and Mark van Baal, founder of Follow This, a climate-focused activist investor group. [ read more … ]

‘Big problem’: Spending snarl delays infrastructure money

By George Cahlink, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-02-07 15:47:00

Congress faces increasing pressure to strike a deal on a fiscal 2022 omnibus spending package for federal agencies that would free up billions of dollars for new infrastructure projects that are currently on hold. “One connection between infrastructure and the omnibus is that some of the money in the infrastructure bill cannot be freed up until we pass the omnibus bill,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told reporters last week. [ read more … ]

EVs

USPS claps back on EVS

BY MATTHEW CHOI, Politico  •    •  Posted 2022-02-07 15:47:36

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy over the weekend fired back at the White House and EPA over their criticisms last week about the Postal Service’s plans to purchase mostly gasoline-powered vehicles instead of battery electric. Democrats in the Senate have also been pressuring the Trump-era appointee to correct the Postal Service’s “flawed” plan. [ read more … ]

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