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June 20, 2022

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Biden team sees climate ‘emergency’ but powers are limited

By Dino Grandoni and Anna Phillips, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2022-06-20 12:01:34

With his climate legislation stalled and a Supreme Court case threatening his ability to regulate carbon, President Biden has been leaning more heavily than ever on his own authority to tackle climate change and address what he has called an “existential threat.” “It’s been challenging,” Gina McCarthy, Biden’s national climate adviser, said in a recent phone interview. “But he’s been acting boldly and he’s not just been waiting around for Congress to act.” Yet acting on his own to address climate change faces sharp limits in reality. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Oil Producers Are Planning the World’s Biggest Floating Wind Farm

By Will Mathis, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2022-06-20 12:04:34

A group of oil and gas producers including Equinor ASA, Shell Plc and TotalEnergies SE are considering building what would be the world’s largest floating wind farm off Norway to power their fossil-fuel activities.  The companies are looking at options to build a 1-gigawatt wind farm to power operations in the Troll and Oseberg oil and gas fields, they said Friday. It’s an example of the complex road to cutting global carbon emissions, where deep-pocketed fossil-fuel firms with strong engineering expertise could play a key role in renewables growth even as they continue their polluting businesses.  [ read more … ]

SCOTUS

Republican Drive to Tilt Courts Against Climate Action Reaches a Crucial Moment

By Coral Davenport, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2022-06-20 12:03:29

Within days, the conservative majority on the Supreme Court is expected to hand down a decision that could severely limit the federal government’s authority to reduce carbon dioxide from power plants — pollution that is dangerously heating the planet. The case, West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency, is the product of a coordinated, multiyear strategy by Republican attorneys general, conservative legal activists and their funders, several with ties to the oil and coal industries, to use the judicial system to rewrite environmental law, weakening the executive branch’s ability to tackle global warming. Coming up through the federal courts are more climate cases, some featuring novel legal arguments, each carefully selected for its potential to block the government’s ability to regulate industries and businesses that produce greenhouse gases. [ read more … ]

Supreme Court under pressure to punt climate case

By Pamela King, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-06-20 12:05:37

In a one-sentence, unsigned opinion yesterday, the Supreme Court disposed of a legal fight related to the Biden administration’s change of course on a Trump-era rule that made it harder for immigrants to obtain green cards. Some lawmakers and legal observers have urged the justices to bestow the same fate on the West Virginia v. EPA battle over a climate regulation that — after two administration changes, years of legal wrangling and a transformation of the power sector — does not currently exist.
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Climate

The 1977 White House climate memo that should have changed the world

By Emma Pattee, The Guardian  •    •  Posted 2022-06-20 12:03:49

In 1977 Star Wars hit movie theaters, New York City had a blackout that lasted 25 hours, and the Apple II personal computer went up for sale. It was also the year that a remarkable one-page memo was circulated at the very highest levels of US government. Years before the climate crisis was part of national discourse, this memo outlined what was known – and feared – about the crisis at the time. It was prescient in many ways. Did anyone listen? [ read more … ]

Congress

House Democrats nudge Senate on reconciliation package

By Jeremy Dillon, George Cahlink. E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-06-20 12:05:20

House Democrats called on their Senate counterparts to take action on stalled party-line climate and social spending legislation yesterday and encouraged the White House to finalize a deal that would invest hundreds of billions in clean energy technology. Those calls came as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told reporters that talks on the legislation, the stalled “Build Back Better Act,” were “alive.” [ read more … ]

FERC

FERC meeting: A rule for renewables, grid and ‘complete bull’

By Miranda Willson, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-06-20 12:04:59

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission proposed sweeping new rules yesterday that could unlock large amounts of renewable energy and battery storage across the country and help address mounting concerns about grid reliability. The commission, in response to a bottleneck of clean energy projects seeking to come online, voted unanimously to update requirements for the generation interconnection process. That could enable new solar, wind and storage developments to move forward more quickly.
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EVs

GM and Ford, Driving to Beat Tesla, Turn on Each Other

By Mike Colias, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2022-06-20 12:01:51

The Ford-GM rivalry—one of the business world’s fiercest for a century—is taking on an urgent new dimension as the companies enter the electric age. Each is under pressure to show Wall Street it can close the gap on Tesla Inc., which has been cementing its EV dominance through profit and sales growth. Ms. Barra and Ford CEO Jim Farley have said they intend to seize the U.S. sales lead from Tesla, which sold about 13 times as many EVs as both Detroit companies combined in the U.S. during the first quarter, according to sales figures and estimates from research firm Wards Intelligence. [ read more … ]

He’s the first buyer of the electric F-150. Why he’s the future of the car industry

By Brittany Cronin, NPR  •    •  Posted 2022-06-20 12:03:17

Schmidt ran into one big issue soon after getting his F-150 Lightning, one that is all too familiar to other electric vehicle owners: charging. The clean energy worker took his F-150 Lightning on a camping trip with his wife and daughter his first weekend with the truck, and he found himself unable to find a charger. “It was just not a great experience at all,” Schmidt says. “We’re trying to figure out what does that mean for camping trips because I’m not sure I feel comfortable going given the lack of infrastructure up there.” [ read more … ]

Inflation Turns EVs Into Luxury Items, Threatening Broader Electric Shift

By David Welch. E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-06-20 12:04:08

Electric-vehicle prices are going up at a dizzying pace these days. Tesla raised prices by as much as $6,000 per car this week. Rivian bumped up the ask on its battery-powered R1T pickup truck in March, while Ford hiked the sticker on the Mach-E. Add it all up and an electric car now costs $61,000 on average, according to researcher Edmunds.com. That’s a lot of money when the average new-vehicle price — across all cars — has inflated to $46,000.  And yet the buyers keep coming. [ read more … ]

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