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March 10, 2022

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EPA Restores California’s Power to Set Tighter Car-Pollution Standards

By Katy Stech Ferek, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2022-03-10 15:35:21

The Biden administration restored California’s ability to set stricter air-pollution limits for auto makers, ending a conflict with the state’s air-quality regulators that began under then-President Donald Trump. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials said Wednesday that their decision to restore California’s ability to set emissions standards for passenger cars and trucks would improve air quality and combat climate change. [ read more … ]

Ukraine

3 questions answered about Biden’s Russian oil ban

By Heather Richards, Mike Soraghan, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-03-10 15:34:22

President Biden’s ban on Russian oil imports has raised questions about the use of the European country’s crude in U.S. refineries, as well as the direction of soaring pump prices and the White House’s role in influencing oil markets. More than a week after Russian troops invaded Ukraine, the White House announced the ban as the latest salvo to cripple the Russian economy and convince President Vladimir Putin to end the invasion. To fill the gap — and help ease the cost to American consumers — Biden has urged U.S. oil companies to produce more oil and gas.
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Renewable Energy

The Next Bets for Renewable Energy

By Aylin Woodward, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2022-03-10 15:35:48

As world leaders endorse climate goals like reaching net-zero greenhouse-gas emissions within the next 30 years, these companies are pushing to move their projects from research and development to commercial phases. The net-zero objective—balancing emissions produced and emissions removed from the atmosphere—has spurred growth in the business of sustainable energy, which generates fewer emissions than fossil fuels. [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

Solar’s worrying inflation

BY MATTHEW CHOI, Politico  •    •  Posted 2022-03-10 15:33:46

U.S. solar prices for utility-scale fixed-tilt projects increased up to 18 percent last year amid supply chain constraints and legislative and trade uncertainty, according to a new report released today by the Solar Energy Industries Association and Wood Mackenzie. While the industry still posted a record-breaking year for installed capacity, the new findings underscore industry calls to pass the clean energy tax provisions in the stalled Build Back Better legislation to achieve the Biden administration’s climate and manufacturing goals [ read more … ]

SCOTUS

Why utilities didn’t join the Supreme Court case against EPA

By Jean Chemnick, Lesley Clark, Pamela King, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-03-10 15:36:18

Power companies aren’t supporting the Republican-led fight in the Supreme Court against EPA’s climate authority. Coal-heavy utilities in years past filled court dockets with briefs warning that the Obama-era Clean Power Plan would hamstring their ability to provide reliable power and open a Pandora’s box of onerous regulations to stifle economic growth. But they are now voluntarily sitting out a case that seeks to ensure they never face a similar rule in the future. [ read more … ]

Pollution

Millions suffering in deadly pollution ‘sacrifice zones’, warns UN expert

By Damien Gayle, The Guardian  •    •  Posted 2022-03-10 15:34:02

“The United States, one of the wealthiest countries in the world, one of the wealthiest countries in all of human history, is home to one of the worst sacrifice zones on the planet. This place, it’s called ‘cancer alley’, in Louisiana, where there are more than a hundred oil refineries, petrochemical plants, etc,” he said. “And guess where they’re located? In poor, predominantly black communities. It’s … unconscionable.” [ read more … ]

EVs

War shakes up market for EVs, batteries

By David Iaconangelo, Miranda Willson, Mike Lee, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-03-10 15:34:41

The Biden administration is pointing to the war in Ukraine as a chief reason why the U.S. needs to launch a homegrown supply chain for batteries, even as the conflict introduces new uncertainties for the technology. At a summit on energy storage yesterday hosted by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, several Biden officials said the Russian invasion underscored the need for U.S.-based battery production — an overarching goal of the administration, and the subject of an Energy Department blueprint released in late February. [ read more … ]

 

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