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June 15, 2022

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Climate change: Green energy ‘stagnates’ as fossil fuels dominate

By Matt McGrath, BBC  •    •  Posted 2022-06-15 15:14:58

The Renewables 2022 Global Status Report says the share of wind and solar in the global energy mix has risen minimally in the last decade. While renewables boomed in the electricity sector last year, they didn’t meet the overall rise in demand. In transport, which accounts for a third of energy, renewables provided less than 4%. [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

White House Meets With Solar Firms in Bid To Boost Manufacturing

By Jennifer A Dlouhy, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2022-06-15 15:15:44

White House officials huddled with solar manufacturers Tuesday on the Biden administration’s plan to kick-start domestic panel-making and wean US clean energy projects off foreign imports.  The roughly one-hour meeting with more than 20 industry representatives was designed to shed light on President Joe Biden’s move last week to bolster domestic solar manufacturing under the Defense Production Act, said several people familiar with the session. They asked for anonymity because the virtual meeting was not public. 
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Air Pollution

Air pollution takes 2 years off average global life expectancy, more than smoking or alcohol

By Catherine Clifford, CNBC  •    •  Posted 2022-06-15 15:15:30

Air pollution, which is primarily the result of burning fossil fuels, takes 2.2 years off the global life expectancy for each person, according to a new report out Tuesday from the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC). The Air Quality Life Index, or AQLI, finds that taken together, air pollution takes a collective 17 billion years of life, and reducing air pollution to meet international health guidelines would increase the global average life expectancy from roughly 72 to 74.2 years [ read more … ]


Whitehouse predicts fossil fuel ‘payday’ in West Virginia case

By Jean Chemnick, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-06-15 15:14:41

One of the Senate’s most outspoken critics of fossil fuels accused the industry of bankrolling a decadeslong effort to reshape the Supreme Court so it could demolish regulations. All of them. “It took patience and planning, but what a payoff when you succeed!” Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) said on the Senate floor yesterday. “And now it’s payday.” [ read more … ]


Gas bans, renewables and crypto: N.Y.’s clean energy struggle

By David Iaconangelo, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-06-15 15:16:08

New York’s landmark clean energy and climate law is facing new questions as the state Legislature this month failed to pass measures that would help implement it even as renewables moved forward on several fronts. The split tracks underscore the challenges — and opportunities — facing one of the largest states in the nation as it considers unprecedented policies that could shape the energy mix for years to come. [ read more … ]


Biden blasts oil refiners for record high gasoline prices, profits

By Trevor Hunnicutt, Jarrett Renshaw, David Gaffen, Ron Bousso and Gary McWilliams, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2022-06-15 15:15:15

U.S. President Joe Biden on Wednesday demanded oil refining companies explain why they are not putting more gasoline on the market, sharply escalating his rhetoric against industry as he faces pressure over rising prices. Biden wrote to executives from Marathon Petroleum Corp, Valero Energy Corp and Exxon Mobil Corp and complained they had cut back on oil refining to pad their profits, according to a copy of the letterseen by Reuters. [ read more … ]

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