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March 23, 2022

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U.N. Chief Warns of ‘Catastrophe’ With Continued Use of Fossil Fuels

By Lisa Friedman, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2022-03-23 15:08:34

Countries are “sleepwalking to climate catastrophe” if they continue to rely on fossil fuels, and nations racing to replace Russian oil, gas and coal with their own dirty energy are making matters worse, United Nations Secretary General António Guterres warned on Monday. The ambitious promises world leaders made last year at a climate summit in Glasgow were “naïve optimism,” Mr. Guterres said. Nations are nowhere near the goal of limiting the average global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius by the end of this century. That’s the threshold beyond which scientists say the likelihood of catastrophic impacts increases significantly. The planet has already warmed an average of 1.1 degrees Celsius. [ read more … ]


EPA eyes new rule for gas-fired power plants

By Jean Chemnick, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-03-23 15:09:30

EPA Administrator Michael Regan confirmed earlier this month that his agency plans to focus on gas-fired power in its updated carbon rule for new power plants. But how to do it raises a barrage of legal and technological questions that will have implications for how — and whether — the United States can decarbonize its power grid. The forthcoming rule would replace a 2015 standard that’s still on the books and covers carbon from new coal and new gas power plants. While the Obama-era rule effectively mandates that new coal-fired units reduce emissions through partial carbon capture and storage, its requirements for gas are lax enough to be met easily by most new builds. [ read more … ]

EPA panel backs tighter soot standards

By Sean Reilly, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-03-23 15:09:46

An EPA advisory panel has delivered its final word in a pivotal review of national soot standards, with most members standing by a set of preliminary recommendations to strengthen both the annual and daily exposure limits. “The results support the conclusion that the current primary annual PM2.5 standard does not adequately protect public health,” the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) wrote in a newly released letter to agency chief Michael Regan that uses a technical term for soot. All seven members agreed with the conclusions of EPA career staff that the evidence warrants some tightening of the current threshold, albeit with some disagreement on how far to go, according to the letter and accompanying report. [ read more … ]

Biden Administration

Sources: Manchin ready to engage on reconciliation

By Emma Dumain, Jeremy Dillon, Nick Sobczyk, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-03-23 15:08:00

There have been signs recently that Sen. Joe Manchin is ready to resume negotiations on the massive climate and social spending package he torpedoed late last year, according to those knowledgeable on the matter. Five sources who included environmental advocates, lobbyists and senior congressional staff members confirmed to E&E News yesterday that the West Virginia Democrat and chair of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee views the April-May Senate work period as a new goal to reach a deal on a scaled-back budget reconciliation bill known as the “Build Back Better Act.” [ read more … ]


High Gasoline Prices Have Consumers Thinking Electric

By Scott Patterson, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2022-03-23 15:08:18

More than two-thirds of Americans surveyed by consumer-tracker Piplsay said in a report last week that they are nervous about rising fuel prices, and 49% said the running cost of a gasoline-powered vehicle isn’t affordable. Nearly half of those surveyed said EVs could provide a viable alternative to internal-combustion-engine cars, Piplsay found.
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Tesla Will Have a Leg Up Making Electric Cars for Years to Come

By Dana Hull, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2022-03-23 15:08:49

Tesla Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk handed over the first made-in-Germany Model Y vehicles Tuesday at the company’s new factory outside Berlin. It’s a big milestone for Tesla, which now has auto plants on three continents: in North America, home to its first assembly in Fremont, California; in Asia, its second facility in Shanghai; and now in Europe. In a few weeks, Tesla will celebrate the opening of a fourth auto factory in Austin, Texas. Musk’s almost back-to-back plant parties signal the company is entering a new phase of growth as the CEO seeks to maintain a dominant position as the leading electric vehicle brand.
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Earmarks: These lawmakers secured millions for EV projects

By Arianna Skibell, Thomas Frank, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-03-23 15:09:06

Federal lawmakers used earmarks to steer more than $64 million toward electric vehicle projects in the spending package that President Biden signed into law last week, according to an E&E News analysis. The $1.5 trillion package is the first spending bill in more than a decade to contain congressionally directed spending, also known as earmarks. Lawmakers revived earmarks under tight rules, including new disclosure requirements and strict limits on who can receive them.
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