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February 28, 2022

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The Supreme Court appears eager to gut the EPA, but can’t figure out how to do it

By Ian Millhiser, Vox  •    •  Posted 2022-02-28 16:55:54

West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency is one of the most frustrating cases that the Supreme Court has heard in many years. It involves an Obama-era environmental regulation that never took effect, that President Joe Biden’s administration has no intention of reinstating, and that imposed such minimal obligations on power plants that it’s not clear the regulation really required them to do anything in the first place. But a majority of the Supreme Court appears likely to strike down this undead environmental regulation after Monday morning’s oral arguments in the West Virginia case, even though the conservative justices seem to have struggled to figure out how they could write an opinion that actually does so. [ read more … ]

Climate

Climate Change Is Harming the Planet Faster Than We Can Adapt, U.N. Warns

By Brad Plumer and Raymond Zhong, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2022-02-28 16:56:49

The dangers of climate change are mounting so rapidly that they could soon overwhelm the ability of both nature and humanity to adapt unless greenhouse gas emissions are quickly reduced, according to a major new scientific report released on Monday. The report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a body of experts convened by the United Nations, is the most detailed look yet at the threats posed by global warming. It concludes that nations aren’t doing nearly enough to protect cities, farms and coastlines from the hazards that climate change has unleashed so far, such as record droughts and rising seas, let alone from the even greater disasters in store as the planet continues to warm [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Clean-Energy Stocks Surge as War Spurs Push Away From Russia

By Will Wade, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2022-02-28 16:56:24

“There’s a realization that Europe has to move away from dependency on Russian oil and gas and one way to achieve that is renewables,” said Deepa Venkateswaran, a senior analyst at Bernstein Autonomous LLP. “Now it’s not just about decarbonization, but also about security of supply ” [ read more … ]

States

Mass. revives gas ban battle with Boston-area ‘smackdown’

By David Iaconangelo, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-02-28 16:57:50

The attorney general of Massachusetts on Friday shot down a Boston suburb’s attempt to phase down fossil fuel use in buildings, angering local climate activists and adding to a simmering national debate over natural gas bans. Brookline had voted in 2019 to become the first East Coast town to ban fossil fuel hookups in new buildings. That ban was struck down the following year by the office of Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, a Democrat who praised the town’s climate activism but said the ban conflicted with state laws. [ read more … ]

Biden Administration

Big to-do list as Congress girds for State of the Union

By Jeremy Dillon, George Cahlink, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-02-28 16:57:22

Ukraine. Funding the government. A Supreme Court nominee. A reconciliation restart. Congress returns this week from recess facing a big to-do list with implications as far-reaching as at any point during the Biden administration. All of these thorny issues and more will be on the docket as President Biden prepares to give his second address to Congress in his State of the Union speech. He will seek to restart his stalled domestic agenda while giving global guidance on the path forward on Russian aggression against Ukraine. [ read more … ]

U.S. environmental enforcement activity has dropped, study shows

By Tim Mclaughlin, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2022-02-28 15:42:25

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s enforcement activities have dropped sharply since 2018, as criminal fines and civil penalties paid by polluters dropped to new lows, a Washington watchdog group said Friday in a report. Annual EPA enforcement activity, including criminal investigations and inspections, declined by about half between fiscal 2018 and 2021, from the average for 2002 to 2017, according to a study by the Environmental Integrity Project. [ read more … ]

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