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March 17, 2022

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House Energy Committee chair calls on oil companies to testify on gas prices

By Zack Budryk, The Hill  •    •  Posted 2022-03-17 14:19:55

House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone Jr. (D-N.J.) on Wednesday sent letters to six oil company CEOs asking them to testify about their business practices during the Russian invasion of Ukraine and amid a surge in gas prices. In the letter, Pallone noted that numerous oil companies have seen record profits in recent years and that the fossil fuel drilling industry currently has more than 9,000 unused drilling permits across over 26 million acres of public lands. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

NJ to study environmental impacts of offshore wind projects

By WAYNE PARRY, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2022-03-17 14:18:28

New Jersey officials will commission studies on the environmental impact of offshore wind energy projects on animals as large as whales and small as clams. The research is designed to address a major concern raised by opponents and even some supporters of the nascent industry. The studies seek to establish the baseline data needed for assessments of ecological changes resulting from wind farm construction and operation. [ read more … ]

Climate

Social cost of carbon lives another day

BY MATTHEW CHOI, Politico  •    •  Posted 2022-03-17 14:20:47

 A federal appeals court picked apart a lower court ruling Wednesday that gutted President Joe Biden’s social cost of carbon, meaning federal agencies will be able to get back to using the figure in writing rules and assessing projects. The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals found the whole GOP-led exercise specious and lifted the injunction. The judges rejected the argument that the metric could cause real, measurable harm, and dismissed the claims as “generalized grievance” against the administration. [ read more … ]

Ukraine

Carmakers Seen Producing 5 Million Fewer Vehicles After Russian Invasion

By Craig Trudell, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2022-03-17 14:20:11

A closely watched auto-industry forecaster lopped more than 5 million cars off its projections for global production this year and next, largely due to fallout expected from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. S&P Global Mobility, formerly known as IHS Markit, lowered its 2022 and 2023 estimates each by 2.6 million vehicles. The forecaster now expects auto companies to make 81.6 million cars worldwide this year and 88.5 million next year. [ read more … ]

FERC

GOP launches probe of FERC commissioner’s renewable ties

By Miranda Willson, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-03-17 14:18:49

Republican lawmakers are investigating a potential conflict of interest for Federal Energy Regulatory Commission member Allison Clements, adding to recent congressional pressure on the agency. Clements, a Democrat, failed to publicly disclose her spouse’s employment at a renewable energy company, indicating a “troubling” lack of transparency at FERC, Reps. James Comer (R-Ky.) and Ralph Norman (R-S.C.) wrote in a letter shared with E&E News. Comer is ranking member of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, and Norman is ranking member of the Subcommittee on Environment. [ read more … ]

Off-Topic

A Russian oligarch’s superyacht is stuck in Norway because no one will sell it fuel

By Bill Chappell, NPR  •    •  Posted 2022-03-17 14:21:08

Let them row home, a local supplier told NRK. He and others say they want to support Ukraine. [ read more … ]

Daylight saving push skirts energy debate

By Ariel Wittenberg, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-03-17 14:19:31

For decades, daylight saving time has been implemented as a way to decrease energy consumption. But that argument wasn’t made yesterday when the Senate voted unanimously to make daylight saving time permanent. Instead, senators focused on the “stupidity” of changing clocks twice a year, and the fact that more sunlight in the evening could ease people’s seasonal depression. Losing an extra hour of sleep when clocks “spring forward” has also correlated to a greater number of heart attacks and strokes in the days after. [ read more … ]

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