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May 15, 2022

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Russia’s Invasion Kills Nord Stream 2 And Gives Rise To Renewables

By Ken Silverstein, Forbes  •    •  Posted 2022-05-16 16:18:36

Nord Stream 2 should be juxtaposed next to the Berlin Wall — two dying breeds of oppression and a sign that a new day is coming. If the dilapidated Wall represents the fall of communism, Nord Stream 2’s demise embodies autocracy’s death and the rise of renewable energy. Despite the European Union’s dependence on Russian oil and gas, it has said it would speed up its transition to going green — and separate itself from the Russian economy. The continent aims to increase its share of renewable energy to 32% by 2030 while also ending its reliance on Russian fossil fuels. [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

Ga. deal to shake up solar industry

By David Iaconangelo, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-05-15 16:17:05

A South Korean solar panel maker’s plans to expand its U.S. footprint is highlighting current challenges for the solar industry and how American trade policies are remaking supply chains for the technology, analysts say. The company, Hanwha Q Cells, announced yesterday that it would pour $320 million into ramping up production of solar panels at its factory in Dalton, Ga., as well as increasing output of solar cells at a facility in South Korea. [ read more … ]

China’s Shandong to Build Massive Solar Farms Out to Sea

By Bloomberg News  •    •  Posted 2022-05-15 16:16:11

A single region in China plans to build enough solar farms off its eastern seaboard to power New Zealand. Shandong province, the industrial hub south of Beijing, issued a tender on Thursday for the construction of 10 offshore solar plants in the seas surrounding China’s largest peninsula by 2025. The capacity planned is 11.25 gigawatts, more than peak consumption in New Zealand.  [ read more … ]

Air Pollution

Growing evidence links air pollution exposure and covid-19 risks

By Allyson Chiu, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2022-05-15 16:18:32

Research has shown that being unvaccinated raises a person’s risk of becoming infected with the coronavirus, while being older, overweight or immunocompromised can increase the severity of the disease. Now scientists think there is another risk factor that may increase the likelihood of contracting the coronavirus and the possibility that it will lead to a poor outcome: exposure to air pollution. [ read more … ]

Cancer-causing gas emission spikes continue at refineries

By Sean Reilly, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-05-15 16:17:21

At the Environmental Integrity Project, Executive Director Eric Schaeffer said the agency needs to be more forthcoming. “Benzene levels this high — it’s time to explain what you plan to do about it,” Schaeffer, who once headed EPA’s civil enforcement office, said in an earlier interview. Earlier this year, EPA’s inspector general announced a review of federal, state and local oversight of the monitoring program [ read more … ]

Cal Waiver

Lawsuit targets EPA Clean Air Act waiver revival

  •    •  Posted 2022-05-14 08:39:01

Seventeen Republican-led states are suing EPA over its decision to restore a waiver that allows California to set tougher tailpipe emissions standards than the federal government. Led by Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost (R), the group filed suit last week  in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, arguing that California’s Clean Air Act waiver violates the Constitution, which treats all states equally. California has long set standards stricter than those imposed by the federal government, giving the state outsized power over the nation’s vehicle market. GOP-led states argue the treatment is unfair to their residents.
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EVs

Mercedes Drivers Go Hands-Free on Jammed German Autobahns

By Stefan Nicola, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2022-05-15 16:18:14

The German carmaker announced last month that one of its EV prototypes drove more than 1,000 kilometers (621 miles) on a charge, breaking a range barrier that long seemed elusive for a four-seat sedan. After years of criticism for being late to go electric, the manufacturer stepped up its game last year with the launch of its battery-powered flagship, the EQS. Then in December, Mercedes became the first automaker to win approval to deploy a hands-free driving system in Germany, pulling ahead in the race to offer higher levels of automation in one of the world’s most competitive car markets. [ read more … ]

Mary Barra’s ‘Long Game’: Winning the E.V. Race

By Neal E. Boudette, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2022-05-15 16:17:59

The heart of the strategy is a battery pack design that G.M. has engineered over the last five years. Its packs, marketed under the name Ultium, are made up of Lego-like battery modules that can be combined in different sizes and used in any G.M. vehicle, from a compact car to a full-size pickup. Since the modules all use the same parts, G.M. believes it will reap great economies of scale that will drive down its costs and give it an advantage over other automakers. [ read more … ]

House panel will investigate USPS plan to purchase 8.6 mpg trucks

By Jacob Bogage, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2022-05-15 16:17:38

A House committee has opened an investigation into the U.S. Postal Service’s $11.3 billion plan to purchase mostly gas-powered mail-delivery trucks, ordering the mail agency to turn over confidential records on their environmental impact and costs. Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-N.Y.), who chairs the powerful House Oversight and Reform Committee, told Postmaster General Louis DeJoy in a letter sent Wednesday night that his agency may have “relied on flawed assumptions” to justify buying a fleet in which only 1 in 10 of the new vehicles would run on cleaner electric power. [ read more … ]

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