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February 22, 2022

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Court ruling on social cost of carbon upends Biden’s climate plans

By Maxine Joselow, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2022-02-22 14:38:22

The Justice Department said it intends to appeal the Louisiana judge’s preliminary injunction. But in the meantime, the ruling could set off a scramble at federal agencies to redo their analyses of major decisions that relied on the higher social cost of carbon, a top Biden administration official warned in a brief filed Saturday. “I understand that a significant number of agency rules and actions would need to be postponed or reworked as a result of the Preliminary Injunction,” wrote Dominic J. Mancini, deputy administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs of the Office of Management and Budget. [ read more … ]

Grid

Can the grid’s wildfire defense stay ahead of extreme weather?

By Peter Behr, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-02-22 14:39:17

One afternoon last August, a high-definition camera on a Pacific Gas and Electric Co. tower spotted the first smoke plumes of a new California wildfire north of Sacramento, ahead of trained volunteer fire watchers. In the desperate battle against Western wildfires, when minutes matter, the “find” by the camera and its artificial intelligence analytics was a victory for new technologies intended to counter the expanding threats of extreme weather. Fast detection and response helped limit the fire — which investigators pinned on campers — to 2,616 acres. [ read more … ]

Emissions

EPA: Power plant emissions spiked last year

By Sean Reilly, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-02-22 14:40:13

Power plant emissions of sulfur dioxide, carbon dioxide and other common pollutants simultaneously surged last year, interrupting a long-term downward trend and underscoring the challenge to the Biden administration’s climate goals, according to EPA data released this week. The numbers, based on data from plants in the Lower 48 contiguous states, show that carbon dioxide releases climbed 7 percent in comparison with 2020, while releases of smog-forming nitrogen oxides were up 6 percent. More pronounced were the increases in emissions of mercury and sulfur dioxide, pollutants respectively tied to brain damage in unborn children and acid rain formation. Power industry releases of mercury rose 13 percent; sulfur dioxide emissions jumped 20 percent. [ read more … ]

Biden Administration

His climate push stalled, Biden looks to infrastructure law

By Benjamin Storrow, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-02-22 14:38:57

The infrastructure deal passed last year by Congress was written to address climate change over the long term. But increasingly activists see it as one of President Biden’s best tools for cutting emissions right away. One reason is pragmatism. [ read more … ]

Feds predict NEPA delays after court nixes climate metric

By Niina H. Farah, Heather Richards  •    •  Posted 2022-02-22 14:39:41

A judge’s order blocking the Biden administration’s application of an interim climate metric will cause sweeping delays in agency rulemaking and stall planned projects requiring new environmental reviews, a White House official said this weekend. Dominic Mancini, the deputy administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, said a recent preliminary injunction barring the Biden administration from using an interim calculation of the social cost of greenhouse gases could slow finalization of at least 38 pending rules from four different agencies. [ read more … ]

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