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June 5, 2022

Top Story

Carbon Dioxide Levels Are Highest in Human History

By Henry Fountain, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2022-06-05 15:50:14

The amount of planet-warming carbon dioxide in the atmosphere broke a record in May, continuing its relentless climb, scientists said Friday. It is now 50 percent higher than the preindustrial average, before humans began the widespread burning of oil, gas and coal in the late 19th century. There is more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere now than at any time in at least 4 million years, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration officials said. [ read more … ]

Commentary

Will the Supreme Court Hamstring Efforts to Protect the Environment?

By Sambhav Sankar, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2022-06-05 15:50:43

This profound disconnect between the will of the people and the court’s deregulatory agenda on the environment could not come at a more dangerous time. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warns that our window to avert irreversible climate harm is closing fast. If the Supreme Court chooses this moment to pursue an agenda of limiting federal regulatory power, it will serve the interests of corporations — particularly fossil fuel companies — while pushing people and the planet closer and closer to the point of no return. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Inside Clean Energy: The US’s New Record in Renewables, Explained in Three Charts

By Dan Gearino, Inside Climate News  •    •  Posted 2022-06-05 16:01:23

To make a swift transition to a cleaner grid, the United States needs to set records for renewable electricity generation pretty much every single quarter. So far in 2022, the numbers are encouraging.  But before you celebrate, it’s important to note that reaching new highs is expected in our rapidly changing energy economy. The thing to pay attention to is the size of the gains, said Michelle Solomon, a policy analyst for the think tank Energy Innovation. [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

Big solar plans abound for Minnesota — but they have hit economic snags

By Mike Hughlett, Minneapolis Star Tribune  •    •  Posted 2022-06-05 16:06:13

Just as Minnesota is poised to roll out several large-scale solar projects, the solar industry is being battered by an economic storm. The largest planned solar plant — Xcel Energy’s huge Sherco project — is on hold. Several others face rising costs, supply chain uncertainties and grid connection problems while a federal investigation has essentially shut down vital solar panel imports. “Solar developers are going back to renegotiate contracts because they can’t cover costs,” said Betsy Engelking, Edina-based vice president for policy and strategy at National Grid Renewables, a major U.S. solar developer. [ read more … ]

States

‘We’re in trouble’: Electric rates in Texas have surged over 70% as summer kicks in

By Michael Shulman, Dallas Monring News  •    •  Posted 2022-06-06 16:28:11

There’s no escaping rising oil prices. They’ve driven up the cost of gasoline, and the higher expense registers every time people fill up the tank. The price of natural gas has increased even more than crude oil, but many consumers may not have noticed. They will soon enough — in higher electric bills. How much higher? Over 70% higher than a year ago for residential customers in Texas’ competitive market, according to the latest rate plans offered on the state’s Power to Choose website. [ read more … ]

Climate

Changes ‘absolutely massive’ in warming European Alps

By Chelsea Harvey, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-06-05 15:53:00

The snow-capped European Alps are gradually turning from white to green as the region warms, new research finds. It’s a transformation so clear that it’s visible from space. The study, published yesterday in Science, used satellite data to map out snow and vegetation cover across the iconic mountain range, which stretches from eastern France all the way into Austria. It finds that plants are springing up at high elevations, places they previously wouldn’t have thrived. [ read more … ]

Congress

House Republicans unveil energy, climate strategy

By RACHEL FRAZIN, The Hill  •    •  Posted 2022-06-05 15:51:30

House Republicans are launching a new energy and climate strategy as the party seeks to win over voters ahead of the midterm elections, though green groups have immediately criticized the plans as insufficient. Rep. Garret Graves (R-La.), who leads the House GOP’s task force on energy, climate and conservation, told reporters Thursday that the plans being unveiled by the party are guided by affordability, emissions reduction and energy security. [ read more … ]

Markets

Biden to Travel to Saudi Arabia, Ending Its ‘Pariah’ Status

By Peter Baker and Ben Hubbard, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2022-06-05 15:52:36

President Biden, who as a candidate vowed to make Saudi Arabia a “pariah” in response to the assassination of a prominent dissident, has decided to travel to Riyadh this month to rebuild relations with the oil-rich kingdom at a time when he is seeking to lower gas prices at home and isolate Russia abroad. While the timing was still being discussed, Mr. Biden planned to add the visit to a previously scheduled trip to Europe and Israel, administration officials said, asking for anonymity because the trip had not been formally announced. [ read more … ]

EVs

I Rented an Electric Car for a Four-Day Road Trip. I Spent More Time Charging It Than I Did Sleeping.

By Rachel Wolfe, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2022-06-05 15:51:05

That’s what I told my friend Mack when I asked her to drive with me from New Orleans to Chicago and back in an electric car. I’d made long road trips before, surviving popped tires, blown headlights and shredded wheel-well liners in my 2008 Volkswagen Jetta. I figured driving the brand-new Kia EV6 I’d rented would be a piece of cake. [ read more … ]

Ford polishes Rust Belt base with both EVs and gas cars

By David Ferris, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-06-05 15:51:56

Ford Motor Co. yesterday said it would spend $3.7 billion and add more than 6,000 jobs in a bid to ease the fears of Midwestern states and labor unions that they’re losing out in a transition to electric vehicles. The investment in Michigan, Ohio and Missouri will go to produce both electric and internal-combustion vehicles, underscoring that America’s automakers still see a strong market for cars and trucks with gas tanks this decade. Ford also carved out $1 billion to spruce up its workplaces — a nod to the difficulty of attracting workers amid an industrywide transformation. [ read more … ]

Biden Keeps Funds Flowing to Build US Electric Vehicle Supply Chain

By Gabrielle Coppola, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2022-06-05 15:52:15

President Joe Biden has taken lots of heat for stoking inflation with government spending. It’s not stopping him from keeping the spigot open to fund a domestic electric vehicle supply chain. The latest sum of support was tucked into the Ukraine aid bill that Biden signed into law late last month — another $500 million to expand funds available under the Defense Production Act to obtain critical battery minerals like nickel, cobalt, lithium and graphite. That adds to the $750 million fund mining companies could access when the president invoked the Defense Production Act in March. [ read more … ]

 

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