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April 3, 2022

Top Story

As Gas Prices Soar, Biden’s Climate Ambitions Sputter

By Coral Davenport, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2022-04-03 09:34:58

A year after he entered the White House with a vow that fighting global warming would be a driving priority for his administration, President Biden’s climate agenda is mired in delay and facing legal, legislative and political headwinds that could diminish or dismantle it entirely. His two main avenues for significant climate action are legislation and regulation. But even Mr. Biden’s top aides and closest allies now concede that the legislative centerpiece of his climate plan is unlikely to become law in the face of steadfast Republican opposition. And regulations that are now under development — strict limits on the pollution from cars and power plants that is dangerously heating the planet — could be curtailed or blocked by the conservative majority on the Supreme Court. [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

States’ solar fights pinpoint tensions between environmentalists and utility companies

By Vanessa Montalbano, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2022-04-03 09:36:24

States’ solar fights pinpoint tensions between environmentalists and utility companies. Lawmakers in Florida are clamping down on solar incentives for homeowners, escalating a years-long fight between clean energy advocates and politically powerful utility companies.  The move could mark a push from utility companies and some lawmakers to ensure that the industry maintains dominance amid a transition to independent clean energy and an energy crisis spurred by Russian aggression in Ukraine.  [ read more … ]

Biden Administration

Biden’s plan to have it all on climate, energy

By Jael Holzman, Robin Bravender, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-04-03 09:36:53

Last week, President Biden outlined his plan to combat climate change while dealing with rising gas prices spurred by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine: Ramp up U.S. energy and mineral production in the short term and slash demand in the long term. “We need to choose long-term security over energy and climate vulnerability,” Biden said today at the White House as he laid out plans to ease gas prices for U.S. consumers. “We need to double down on our commitment to clean energy and tackling the climate crisis with our partners and allies around the world.” [ read more … ]

Car Efficiency Rule

Biden admin rolls out new fuel efficiency rule

By Arianna Skibell, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-04-03 09:35:58

The Biden administration announced a new fuel economy rule on Friday as high gas prices and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine have renewed calls to reduce domestic reliance on foreign oil. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration proposed the new regulation last August as part of a joint rulemaking process with EPA to boost fuel economy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Transportation is the largest source of U.S. carbon pollution, with cars spewing the bulk of those heat-trapping gases. [ read more … ]

Off-Topic

As Earmarks Return to Congress, Lawmakers Rush to Steer Money Home

By Luke Broadwater, Emily Cochrane and Alicia Parlapiano, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2022-04-03 09:35:31

Stuffed inside the sprawling $1.5 trillion government spending bill enacted in March was the first batch of earmarks in more than a decade, after Congress resurrected the practice of allowing lawmakers to direct federal funds for specific projects to their states and districts. Republicans and Democrats alike relished the opportunity to get in on the action after years in which they were barred from doing so, packing 4,962 earmarks totaling just over $9 billion in the legislation that President Biden signed into law. [ read more … ]

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