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March 24, 2022

Top Story

Invasion reignites debate over the future of energy

By Benjamin J. Hulac, Roll Call  •    •  Posted 2022-03-24 12:59:49

“If we had solved this problem a decade ago, we wouldn’t have this vulnerability,” said Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I. “We’re hostages to the oil and gas industry which is now telling us that the solution for the hostages is to buy more oil and gas.” GOP senators called for more domestic oil and gas production and pressed for it to be exported abroad to allied nations. They said the Biden administration’s environmental policies are responsible for a recent rise in oil and gasoline prices. [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

Solar tariff request sparks conflict before Commerce decision

By David Iaconangelo, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-03-24 13:00:11

One solar manufacturer’s quest to convince the Biden administration to slap new tariffs on foreign-made solar equipment has led to a new industry clash as a major Commerce Department decision looms. Auxin Solar Inc., a solar panel producer based in San Jose, Calif., asked Commerce earlier this year to consider new tariffs on panels and cells assembled in Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam but using parts produced by Chinese companies. The company suggested Southeast Asian countries were being used to skirt existing tariffs on Chinese goods. [ read more … ]

Carbon Capture

Occidental Plans 70 Plants to Capture Carbon From Air by 2035

By Paul Takahashi, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2022-03-24 13:01:49

Occidental Petroleum Corp., the shale giant backed by Warren Buffett, plans to build 70 carbon capture facilities around the world by 2035 that will each remove as much as 1 million tons per year of the greenhouse gas directly from the atmosphere. Construction on the first, $1 billion so-called direct air capture plant in the Permian Basin of West Texas is expected to start in the second half of this year, with its startup slated for late 2024, Houston-based Occidental said in a presentation to investors Wednesday.  [ read more … ]

Ukraine

An energy Marshall Plan

BY MATTHEW CHOI AND CATHERINE MOREHOUSE, Politico  •    •  Posted 2022-03-24 12:59:05

handful of Democratic senators are offering up some thoughts on how to get Europeans off of Russian energy. In a letter to Biden Wednesday, Sens. Elizabeth Warren(Mass.), Ed Markey (Mass.), Martin Heinrich (N.M.), Cory Booker(N.J.) and Jeff Merkley (Ore.) urged the administration to use the Defense Production Act and military sales to boost manufacturing of electric heat pumps, efficient electric appliances and renewable energy technology. They also asked the president to push for reduced trade barriers and to ramp up clean energy exports to “mirror the Lend-Lease Act program implemented during World War II, through which the United States sent critical supplies to Allied nations invaded by Germany.” [ read more … ]

Will War Make Europe’s Switch to Clean Energy Even Harder?

By Patricia Cohen and Stanley Reed, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2022-03-24 13:02:19

Moving investments away from oil, gas and coal to sustainable sources like wind and solar, limiting and taxing carbon emissions, and building a new energy infrastructure to transmit electricity are crucial to weaning Europe off fossil fuels. But they are all likely to raise costs during the transition, an extremely difficult pill for the public and politicians to swallow. The crisis that has inspired Europe to more quickly reach toward clean energy sources like wind and solar also risks pitching it backward by unwinding efforts to shut coal mines and stop drilling new oil and gas wells to replace Russian fuel and bring prices down. [ read more … ]

Jackson Hearing

Jackson questioned on key doctrine in climate litigation

By Pamela King, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-03-24 13:01:23

Supreme Court nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson today opined on a legal doctrine that she may confront in future climate litigation. During questioning this morning, Senate Judiciary ranking member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) asked Jackson to explain how she determines whether a case before her raises a question that is answerable not by the courts but the political branches of government. “When a case comes, it has to be presented in a law for the court to answer it,” Jackson responded. “If a person comes to the court, and they ask the court to answer something that is properly in the province of Congress, if they ask a political question, then the court has to say, ‘I’m sorry, that’s not my role.’”
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Reconciliation Bill

Manchin outlines energy policy objectives

BY RACHEL FRAZIN, The Hill  •    •  Posted 2022-03-24 12:59:25

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), a key swing vote in the Senate, on Wednesday laid out some energy policies he supports.  During a meeting of the International Energy Agency (IEA) in Paris, Manchin touted a tax credit for clean energy manufacturing, known as 48C, and legislation that would replace fossil fuel generation with advanced nuclear power.  “People in states like mine, that the energy transition has hit the hardest, want meaningful work and are looking for a hand up, not a handout.” He also expressed support for hydrogen energy, as well as the use of carbon capture — still developing technology that would aim to prevent climate-warming gases from fossil fuels from going into the air [ read more … ]

Democrats eye ‘Build Back Slimmer’ on reconciliation

By Nick Sobczyk, Nico Portuondo, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-03-24 13:00:54

While signs point to a potential revival of a long-stalled climate and social spending bill, Democrats sought yesterday to amplify their push for a clean energy future amid high gas prices and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. During a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing, Democrats argued that clean energy and electric vehicles were the solution to global oil and gas price shocks that also address climate change spurred by burning fossil fuels. That refrain has been employed repeatedly by Democrats since the war began. [ read more … ]

Markets

Drivers top off their tanks as U.S. shuns energy conservation

By Adam Aton, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-03-24 13:00:29

Gasoline prices have spiked — and Americans just keep driving more. As the West looks to replace global supplies of Russian oil and gas, the U.S. has done little to cool demand in the world’s biggest oil-consuming country. Democrats are proposing more renewable energy while Republicans call for more drilling — but neither would impact prices for months, if not years. A faster approach than boosting energy supplies, energy experts say, would be lowering energy demand. [ read more … ]

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