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March 8, 2022

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U.S. to ban oil imports from Russia as White House explores drastic plans to buffer economy from energy shock

By Jeff Stein, Tyler Pager and Anna Phillips, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2022-03-08 16:01:11

The United States and European Union took steps on Tuesday to dramatically scale back imports of Russian energy, attempting to economically isolate the Kremlin following its invasion of Ukraine even if the moves lead to higher oil prices for millions of consumers worldwide. At the White House, President Biden said he was banning all imports of oil and natural gas from Russia, effective immediately. The United Kingdom also announced an immediate ban on all Russian oil products by the end of the year. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

California clean energy advocates urge regulators to ‘go big’ with offshore wind goals

By Kavya Balaraman, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2022-03-08 16:01:43

The Biden administration is aiming to deploy 30 GW of offshore wind across the country by 2030, eventually ramping up to 110 GW by 2050. Last May, the administration announced an effort to bring as much as 4.6 GW of floating offshore wind online in the Western Outer Continental Shelf. Building 10 GW of offshore wind off the coast of California could lead to resource cost savings of around $1 billion, reduce 4.73 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent by 2040, and generate tens of thousands of jobs, according to a report released by the University of Southern California Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy in September.  [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

Fla. clampdown on rooftop solar heads to governor

By Kristi E. Swartz, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-03-08 16:02:19

A controversial bill that would slash rooftop solar credits in Florida is headed to the governor’s desk after passing the Legislature yesterday, escalating a yearslong fight between Florida’s politically powerful investor-owned utilities and clean energy advocates. Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) is expected to sign the bill and give the electric companies a leg up, at least temporarily. [ read more … ]

Vehicle Emission Standards

Americans born before 1996 may have a lower IQ from exposure to leaded gasoline, study finds. Here’s why.

By Adrianna Rodriguez, USAToday  •    •  Posted 2022-03-08 16:03:22

Health experts say the effects of leaded gasoline in cars, although banned since 1996, still linger today after a new study found Americans exposed to the highly toxic metal may have a lower IQ.  Researchers at Duke University and Florida State University analyzed publicly available data on U.S. childhood blood-lead levels, leaded-gas use and population statistics and determined the likely lifelong burden of lead exposure carried by every American alive in 2015. [ read more … ]

E.P.A. to Tighten Tailpipe Rules for the Biggest Polluters on the Road

By Coral Davenport, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2022-03-08 16:02:04

The Biden administration on Monday proposed strict new limits on pollution from buses, delivery vans, tractor-trailers and other heavy trucks — the first time in more than 20 years that tailpipe standards have been tightened for the biggest polluters on the road. The new draft rule from the Environmental Protection Agency would require heavy-duty trucks to reduce emissions of nitrogen dioxide by 90 percent by 2031. Nitrogen dioxide is linked to lung cancer, heart disease and premature death.
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EPA floats 2 options for slashing truck emissions limits

By Sean Reilly, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-03-08 16:03:03

For the first time in more than two decades, EPA is moving to significantly cut smog-forming emissions from new 18-wheelers and other heavy-duty trucks, but the agency has not yet decided exactly how aggressively to proceed. In a draft rule released this morning as part of a broader Biden administration initiative to cut tailpipe pollution, the agency is offering two options for curbing emissions of nitrogen oxides from gas- and diesel-fueled trucks. [ read more … ]

Ukraine

Will U.S. climate goals withstand Russia’s war?

By Benjamin Storrow, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-03-08 16:03:41

On his first day as president, Joe Biden pledged to tackle climate change. Fourteen months later, his administration is meeting with Venezuela’s authoritarian government as part of a wider attempt to rustle up more oil. Cue the line about best-laid plans. [ read more … ]

BBB Bill

Senate Dems to tackle reconciliation during retreat

By Jeremy Dillon, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-03-08 16:04:16

Senate Democrats will huddle tomorrow for a policy retreat that could serve as a building block for a renewed push on a host of climate-related spending originally contained in their stalled reconciliation package. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) laid out in a “Dear Colleague” letter yesterday that the daylong summit would offer lawmakers the chance to look at policies that could help reduce the pains of inflation, including increasing energy costs. [ read more … ]

Markets

Energy execs gird for yearslong war, market chaos

By Mike Lee, Miranda Willson, Carlos Anchondo, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-03-08 16:02:37

It’s unlikely that the United States and the European Union can negotiate a quick settlement to fighting, said Carlos Pascual, a former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, said at CERAWeek. Russian President Vladimir Putin views the move into Ukraine as a step in restoring Russia’s greatness, which was dimmed by the end of the Cold War and the breakup of the Soviet Union, he said. I don’t think it’s going to be over in a few months,” said Pascual, now senior vice president for global energy and international affairs at S&P Global. “I think we’re facing something that could play itself out over potentially years.” [ read more … ]

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