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February 9, 2022

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The country that’s worried most about climate change

By Sara Schonhardt, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-02-09 15:06:24

It seems like a paradox: Adults in India are deeply concerned about the impacts of climate change, but they are also the least critical of their government’s efforts to combat it, according to a new global poll. Almost 90 percent of people in India are worried about global warming — more than anywhere else among the 13 countries surveyed. But just 35 percent say their government is failing to address the crisis — the least of those polled. [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

U.S. Solar Firm Seeks Tariff Action Against Key Asian Nations

By Brian Eckhouse, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2022-02-09 15:03:49

Auxin Solar Inc. is asking the U.S. Commerce Department to investigate possible efforts to circumvent tariffs with the imports of equipment from Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia.  The company alleges the solar imports use parts or components from China, and that producers are assembling equipment in the Southeast Asian nations as a way of skirting duties, according to a filing made to the department in Washington, D.C. It follows the department’s decision in November not to investigate related allegations. [ read more … ]

States

State regulators approve Xcel plan that shifts from coal to nuclear energy, renewables

By Mike Hughlett, Star Tribune  •    •  Posted 2022-02-09 15:04:50

The Public Utilities Commission gave the go-ahead for Minneapolis-based Xcel to close its coal plants by 2030, extend the life of its Monticello nuclear reactor by 10 years to 2040 and add a fleet of new solar and wind farms. Commissioners also approved — in concept — Xcel’s plans to build new two new transmission lines. And as expected, the PUC deferred a controversial decision over whether Xcel should build two new gas-fired power plants. [ read more … ]

Va. Senate blocks Trump EPA head from state job

By Timothy Cama, Kevin Bogardus, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-02-09 15:02:37

The Virginia Senate voted today to reject Andrew Wheeler, the EPA administrator under former President Trump, to be the state’s secretary of natural and historic resources. The full Senate voted 21-19 to adopt last week’s legislative amendment from the Privileges and Elections Committee, which removed Wheeler from the list of Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s (R) Cabinet secretaries the body is confirming (E&E News PM, Feb. 1). The vote was along party lines, with all Democrats in support of Wheeler’s removal and all Republicans against it. [ read more … ]

Climate

Oil firms suffer major setback in Colo. climate lawsuit

By Lesley Clark, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-02-09 15:04:08

A federal appeals court yesterday agreed to keep a Colorado lawsuit before a state bench, delivering a victory to local governments suing fossil fuel companies for climate impacts. The ruling by the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is the first test of a Supreme Court decision last May that sent a host of climate liability cases back to appellate judges with instructions to consider a broader range of factors when deciding whether the challenges should be heard in state or federal court. Judges of the 10th Circuit rejected all six of the oil firms’ claims to move the case to federal court, where industry may face better odds. [ read more … ]

Dems slam Big Oil for ’empty promises’ at hearing

By Nick Sobczyk, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-02-09 15:04:27

Democrats yesterday accused major oil companies of green washing their public images by burnishing flashy greenhouse gas emissions commitments while doing little to stop their products from warming the planet. During a hearing yesterday, House Oversight and Reform Chair Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) described climate goals from Exxon Mobil Corp., BP PLC, Shell PLC and Chevron Corp. — the four principal subjects of the panel’s larger investigation into fossil fuel disinformation — as “empty promises.” [ read more … ]

EVs

BMW’s Super Bowl Pick for Selling EVs: Schwarzenegger

By Ira Boudway, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2022-02-09 15:02:55

If electric vehicle commercials were 1980s action films, Arnold Schwarzenegger would be, well, Arnold Schwarzenegger. The former governor/Terminator will be at it again this weekend, plugging BMW’s new plug-in, the iX SUV, during the Super Bowl. In the 60-second spot, Schwarzenegger plays a grumpy Zeus (“the God of Lightning”), wiling away retirement in Palm Springs, occasionally charging the neighbors’ golf carts and hedge trimmers. Hera, played by Salma Hayek, surprises him with the BMW and — spoiler alert — his mood improves.  [ read more … ]

Lucid Air: A Fresh Face With 500 Miles to a Charge, and Horsepower to Spare

By Lawrence Ulrich, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2022-02-09 15:03:27

Legacy automakers, facing years of unkind comparisons with a boom-timey Tesla, have fallen back on a defensive refrain: Just you wait. The spin is that, once these slumbering Atlases get off the mat, their global heft and know-how will let them flood showrooms with electric vehicles — and narrow the gap with Tesla, which claimed 936,000 sales worldwide in 2021. [ read more … ]

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