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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

February 16, 2022

Top Story

California Returns as Climate Leader, With Help From the White House

By Coral Davenport, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2022-02-16 14:58:47

“We are deeply gratified after years of uncertainty, years of sparring with the previous administration,” said Governor Newsom, speaking of the restoration of his state’s environmental rules. “We don’t imitate, we’re a model to the world,” Governor Newsom said. “In climate, we want to continue to assert that leadership and continue to raise the bar. Clearly we want to find ways to collaborate with the Biden administration, but I don’t ever want to cede California’s leadership on this goal.” [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Kansas Sen. Mike Thompson invites ‘fringe of the fringe’ to push anti-wind energy bills

By Allison Kite | Kansas Reflector, Kansas Public Radio  •    •  Posted 2022-02-16 14:59:10

A series of bills professing to protect rural residents from industrial wind claim to bring transparency, limit abuse and enact safety measures to protect against the supposed health hazards of turbines. In reality, they would transform Kansas, one of the top producers of wind energy for two decades, into one of the most restrictive states in the nation, pro-wind experts say. [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

Renewable energy growth in the US lags far behind Biden’s climate ambitions

By Justine Calma, The Verge  •    •  Posted 2022-02-16 14:59:33

Renewable energy growth in the US in 2021 fell far short of what’s needed to reach climate goals, according to a new report by trade group American Clean Power. The US installed close to 28 gigawatts (GW) of wind, solar, and energy storage capacity last year — which ACP says is less than half of what’s needed to reach Joe Biden’s goal of a carbon pollution-free power grid by 2035. It’s also a 3 percent drop from 2020’s record rate of clean energy installations, as the US wind and solar industries trudged through supply chain disruptions, rising commodity prices and shipping costs, and policy uncertainty last year. [ read more … ]

Car Rule

EPA to expand Calif. clean car authority — and the nation’s

By Arianna Skibell, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-02-16 15:00:05

The Biden administration is preparing to reinstate California’s authority to set auto emissions rules that are more stringent than federal standards, taking a major step toward cutting transportation-related climate pollution and continuing to chip away at former President Trump’s environmental rollbacks. The waiver, granted decades ago because of California’s severe pollution problems, gave the Golden State the legal authority to surpass national fuel economy and greenhouse gas standards. But under Trump, EPA revoked California’s Clean Air Act waiver, citing a need for national uniformity. [ read more … ]

Biden Administration

White House Takes Aim at Environmental Racism, but Won’t Mention Race

By Lisa Friedman, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2022-02-16 15:00:44

As a candidate and then as president, Joseph R. Biden promised to address the unequal burden that people of color carry from exposure to environmental hazards. But the White House’s new environmental strategy to tackle this problem will be colorblind: Race will not be a factor in deciding where to focus efforts. Worried that using race to identify and help disadvantaged communities could trigger legal challenges that would stymie their efforts, administration officials said they were designing a system to help communities of color even without defining them as such. [ read more … ]

EPA says U.S. met Obama-era climate pledge

By Jean Chemnick, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-02-16 15:00:28

The United States met its Obama-era commitment to cut greenhouse gas emissions at least 17 percent compared with 2005 levels by 2020. According to EPA’s draft inventory of greenhouse gas emissions released today, U.S. emissions were down 21.5 percent in 2020 compared with 2005 levels — surpassing the commitment the Obama administration made at a U.N. summit in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 2009. [ read more … ]

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