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June 7, 2022

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Activists hail Biden’s use of security powers to boost clean energy

By Oliver Milman, The Guardian  •    •  Posted 2022-06-07 16:23:20

Environmental groups have welcomed Joe Biden’s invoking of national security powers to rapidly expand the production of clean energy technology as a significant advance in the effort to curb dangerous climate breakdown. Biden has triggered the Defense Production Act, a cold war-era law used to compel businesses to ramp up production of certain materials to aid national security, to boost the output of solar panels, building insulation, transformers for power grids and heat pumps, which are used to efficiently heat and cool homes. [ read more … ]

States

Texas power use to hit record as temperatures soar

By Scott DiSavino, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2022-06-07 16:22:55

Power demand in Texas is set to break its all-time record this week, testing the resilience of the grid after generation issues this year and a days-long blackout during a deep freeze in 2021. Extreme weather is increasingly straining power grids across the United States, and regulators are predicting record heat and drought this summer could cause rotating blackouts in several regions. [ read more … ]

Biden Administration

Biden delivers a ‘break glass’ moment for clean energy

By David Iaconangelo, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-06-07 16:23:37

The president also authorized the Energy Department to invoke Defense Production Act powers to help scale up domestic manufacturing of solar panels and other clean energy technologies ranging from electric heat pumps to hydrogen electrolyzers. Two new federal strategies will speed up government contracts for solar electricity produced with made-in-America equipment — a move that a White House fact sheet predicted would result in 10 new gigawatts of U.S.-made solar panels over the next decade, more than the country’s entire current capacity. [ read more … ]

Climate

What if CO2 emissions stopped today? A study offers answers

By Chelsea Harve, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-06-07 16:23:56

Do temperatures stop rising as soon as people cease emitting greenhouse gases? Or is some level of future warming already guaranteed, or “locked in,” by our past emissions? Recent studies generally suggest good news on that front. The vast majority of future warming depends on future emissions. There shouldn’t be much future warming locked in from the past. Now, a new study suggests that’s mostly true — but with some caveats. It’s important to look at all kinds of human emissions in the atmosphere, the research suggests, not just the main greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide. [ read more … ]

Pollution

EPA reaches tandem deals over ‘Cancer Alley’ pollution

By Sean Reilly, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-06-07 16:24:23

EPA has reached a tentative deal with environmental groups in a lawsuit brought over toxic pollution in the swath of Louisiana known as “Cancer Alley.” Under a proposed consent decree that still needs a federal judge’s approval, the agency would undertake overdue reviews of its hazardous air pollutant standards for plants that make a variety of products used in plastics and rubber manufacturing. A proposed rule incorporating any changes would come next March followed by a final version in March 2024.
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Off-Topic

Trailblazing judge paves way for Biden D.C. Circuit pick

By Pamela King, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-06-07 16:22:10

Judge Judith Rogers last week announced that she would enter semiretirement, creating a new opportunity for President Joe Biden to seat a jurist on the nation’s second-highest court. Rogers, the fourth woman and the first Black woman appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, intends to take senior status in September, according to the federal judiciary’s website, opening a spot for Biden to name another judge to the powerful bench that frequently decides the fate of EPA rules.
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EVs

EVs heading into price ranges fit for mass adoption

BY SAUL ELBEIN, The Hill  •    •  Posted 2022-06-07 16:22:32

Electric vehicles (EVs) are falling into the price range where experts say mass adoption can happen — and partially electrified hybrids are already there. But meeting the Biden administration’s decarbonization goals will require added support for new supply chains and sources of key materials, in addition to a coordinated approach to a national charging network, experts said. [ read more … ]

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