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February 13, 2022

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California Becomes the First U.S. State to Hit 1 Million Plug-In Cars

By David R Baker, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2022-02-13 15:43:19

California has become the first U.S. state to register more than a million plug-in cars, with almost one-quarter of them arriving in 2021 alone, as electric vehicle sales finally accelerate after years of slow growth.  In California’s case, reaching the 1-million milestone took 11 years.  [ read more … ]


Duke Energy plans to exit all coal, double renewables

By Kristi E. Swartz, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-02-13 15:44:00

Duke Energy Corp. intends to close the rest of its coal plants by 2035 and more than double its renewable capacity by 2030 as part of a massive — and expensive — clean energy push. Duke said yesterday it expects to spend over $130 billion in the next decade on projects and investments, 80 percent of which will go toward cleaner sources as it overhauls the grid to support more renewable energy and new technologies. It has added $4 billion to a five-year spending plan, as well, which is now about $63 billion. [ read more … ]

‘Decimation’ of competitive seats could unleash climate primaries

By Adam Aton, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-02-13 15:45:23

The same gerrymandering that insulates lawmakers from general election challengers could also empower each party’s most extreme elements, political scientists say. The biggest hurdle to winning most House seats could be surviving the primary. That means Democrats, who already emerged from the Trump era with a more muscular left wing, could see this decade bring even more clout to environmental groups and other progressive activists waging primary campaigns in the name of more aggressive climate action, some analysts say. [ read more … ]


White House regs shop delayed air pollution reg for months

By Sean Reilly, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-02-13 15:44:36

In one of his first executive orders last year, President Biden set a firm timetable for one top priority: By this past August, EPA was supposed to publish a proposed blueprint for undoing a particularly inflammatory Trump administration rollback that scrapped the legal basis for limits on power plant emissions of mercury, arsenic and other hazardous pollutants. Instead, the agency only recently released its draft rule, and newly disclosed records suggest that a key White House office purposely sat on it long after a routine review had effectively ended [ read more … ]

Inflation news throws more cold water on ‘Build Back Better’

By Nick Sobczyk, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-02-13 15:44:53

West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin warned yesterday that Congress should constrain spending amid rising inflation, likely further derailing President Biden’s marquee climate and social spending bill. The consumer price index rose 7.5 percent over the last year, the fastest pace in since 1982, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said yesterday. The index rose 0.6 percent in January. [ read more … ]

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