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May 24, 2022

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New Study Says World Must Cut Short-Lived Climate Pollutants as Well as Carbon Dioxide to Meet Paris Agreement Goals

By Phil McKenna, Inside Climate News  •    •  Posted 2022-05-24 14:54:15

Climate policies that rely on decarbonization alone are not enough to hold atmospheric warming below 2 degrees Celsius and, rather than curbing climate change, would fuel additional warming in the near term, a study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences concludes. The study found that limiting warming in coming decades as well as longer term requires policies that focus not only on reducing emissions of carbon dioxide, but also of “short-lived climate pollutants”—greenhouse gases including methane and hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs)—along with black carbon, or soot. [ read more … ]

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Meet the woman leading Biden’s offshore energy agenda

By Heather Richards, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-05-24 14:53:58

When it comes to the Biden administration’s vision on drilling for offshore oil and gas, all eyes could soon fall to Amanda Lefton. The director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management — a former labor organizer and onetime policy wonk in New York’s governor’s office — clearly relishes a different part of her job: orchestrating the Biden administration’s push to approve wind farms in federal waters off America’s coasts. But her bureau is also in charge of writing a plan that will guide offshore oil and gas development for the next five years, with ripple effects on the nation’s offshore energy production that extend much further into the future.
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West Coast states face pressure to sue Big Oil over climate

By Lesley Clark, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-05-24 14:53:05

Oregon and Washington state are among the most reliably blue states, with chief legal officers who prioritize climate action and challenged the Trump administration’s environmental rollbacks.
Democratic Attorneys General Ellen Rosenblum of Oregon and Bob Ferguson of Washington state are also supporting a number of local governments that are suing the oil and gas industry to pay up for flooding, wildfires and other effects of a warming planet. But so far, neither state has filed its own climate liability lawsuit. [ read more … ]

Deadly Asian heat ‘highly unlikely’ without climate change

By Chelsea Harvey, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-05-24 14:54:48

A blistering heat wave in India and Pakistan last month sent temperatures soaring above 120 degrees Fahrenheit, all before the summer had even kicked off. Now scientists say climate change helped make the shocking weather possible. A new analysis finds that global warming made the heat wave at least 30 times more likely to occur. The event was about 1 degree Celsius, or 1.8 F, hotter than it would have been in a world without climate change. Without the influence of global warming, “this event was highly, highly unlikely,” study co-author Arpita Mondal, a climate scientist at the Indian Institute of Technology, said at a news conference yesterday. [ read more … ]


Gas generation down across US West this spring as renewable capacity grows

By J Robinson and Kassia Micek, S&P Global  •    •  Posted 2022-05-24 14:54:34

Recent growth in renewable generating capacity across the Western US is putting downward pressure on gas-fired power burns this spring in a trend that’s only likely to accelerate in the years ahead. Since the start of April, gas demand from power generators across the desert southwest, California and the Pacific Northwest has averaged just under 3.3 Bcf/d – down about 260 MMcf/d, or more than 7%, compared with the same eight-week period in 2021, data from S&P Global Commodity Insights shows. [ read more … ]


Volkswagen chief says German car giant will overtake Tesla on electric vehicle sales by 2025

By Sam Meredith, CNBC  •    •  Posted 2022-05-24 14:53:23

The chief executive of Volkswagen believes Europe’s biggest carmaker can overtake Tesla to become the world’s largest seller of electric vehicles by 2025. Speaking to CNBC’s “Squawk Box Europe” at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Tuesday, Herbert Diess said alleviating supply chain issues would likely help create some momentum for the German auto giant over the coming months. [ read more … ]

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