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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

March 9, 2022

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Biden leans into climate policy to undercut Putin

By Scott Waldman, Adam Aton, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-03-09 15:27:05

President Biden declared yesterday that climate and clean energy policies are an important tool to counter Russian aggression. His comments mark a rhetorical pivot as Biden more strongly confronts Republican critics who claim that his climate policies have contributed to rising energy prices as oil and gas markets face global turbulence from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Biden yesterday banned oil and gas imports from Russia. “This crisis is a stark reminder that to protect our economy over the long term, we need to become energy independent,” Biden said. “It should motivate us to accelerate a transition to clean energy.” [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Giant, turbine-installing ship is Dominion Energy’s $500M bet on U.S. offshore wind

By Elizabeth McGowan, Energy News Network  •    •  Posted 2022-03-09 15:26:44

Shipbuilders in the port city of Brownsville, Texas, are nearing the halfway mark on shaping 14,000 tons of steel into a vessel designed to ensure the country’s gamble on offshore wind is less dicey. Meanwhile, 1,676 miles east in Virginia, executives with Richmond-based Dominion Energy who ordered the ship have their fingers crossed. [ read more … ]


How Air Pollution Across America Reflects Racist Policy From the 1930s

By Raymond Zhong and Nadja Popovich, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2022-03-09 15:25:06

The new study’s lead author, Haley M. Lane, said she was surprised to find that the differences in air pollution exposure between redlined and better-rated districts were even larger than the well-documented disparities in exposure between people of color and white Americans. The latest study, which was published on Wednesday in the journal Environmental Science & Technology Letters, looked at neighborhoods in 202 cities and their exposure to two pollutants that are harmful to human health: nitrogen dioxide, a gas associated with vehicle exhaust, industrial facilities and other sources; and the dangerous microscopic particles known as PM 2.5. The study was funded in part by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. [ read more … ]


Saudi, Emirati Leaders Decline Calls With Biden During Ukraine Crisis

By Dion Nissenbaum , Stephen Kalin and David S. Cloud, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2022-03-09 15:25:49

The White House unsuccessfully tried to arrange calls between President Biden and the de facto leaders of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates as the U.S. was working to build international support for Ukraine and contain a surge in oil prices, said Middle East and U.S. officials. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the U.A.E.’s Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahyan both declined U.S. requests to speak to Mr. Biden in recent weeks, the officials said, as Saudi and Emirati officials have become more vocal in recent weeks in their criticism of American policy in the Gulf. [ read more … ]

What’s next for oil: Drilling boom, recession or more EVs?

By Benjamin Storrow, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-03-09 15:26:04

Oil is flirting with danger. Crude prices continued to soar yesterday, raising concerns about their impact on the global economy. But it’s an open question as to what will happen next. Analysts said the surge in oil prices could spur any number of outcomes, from a drilling boom to a worldwide recession to an accelerated shift to electric vehicles. [ read more … ]

Refining margins, fuel costs surge on fallout from Russian invasion

By Stephanie Kelly, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2022-03-09 15:26:25

Refining profits, or margins, from turning crude oil into products such as gasoline and diesel are ballooning, and could surge further after the United States, the world’s top oil consumer, on Tuesday banned all Russian oil imports in retaliation of Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine. The U.S. ban on the world’s biggest oil exporter of over 7 million barrels per day of crude and petroleum products is expected to make it more difficult for domestic refiners to source the feedstocks needed to make diesel and other products, market participants said.
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Oil Industry Stirs Blowback After Weaving War Into U.S. Lobbying

ByAri Natter and Jennifer A Dlouhy, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2022-03-09 15:27:28

The U.S oil and gas industry is seizing on the market turmoil sparked by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine to demand the Biden administration take steps to encourage more drilling.  Industry executives and their allies on Capitol Hill are citing the war in a push for long-sought policy goals such as pipeline approvals, expanded exports of natural gas and more drilling rights — even as the White House says companies aren’t making full use of the permits they already have.  [ read more … ]

Off Topic

Climate change, nuclear war occupy Jerry Brown in retirement

By KATHLEEN RONAYNE, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2022-03-09 15:25:31

Former California Gov. Jerry Brown is living off the grid in retirement, but he’s still deeply connected on two issues that captivated him while in office and now are center stage globally: climate change and the threat of nuclear war. The 83-year-old Brown, who left office in 2019, serves as executive chairman of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, which sets the Doomsday Clock measuring how close humanity is to self-destruction. He’s also on the board of the Nuclear Threat Initiative. [ read more … ]


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