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July 18, 2022

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As the Planet Cooks, Climate Stalls as a Political Issue

By Jonathan Weisman and Jazmine Ulloa, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2022-07-18 15:25:45

The evidence that a climate crisis is well underway appears to be everywhere: the Great Salt Lake in Utah drying up, severe weather regularly imperiling the electric grid in Texas, wildfires scorching the drought-plagued West, “climate refugees” seeking higher land in Louisiana and tidal floods swamping the streets of Miami. Still, just 1 percent of voters in a recent New York Times/Siena College poll named climate change as the most important issue facing the country, far behind worries about inflation and the economy. Even among voters under 30, the group thought to be most energized by the issue, that figure was 3 percent. [ read more … ]

Wind & Solar Energy

Renewable Energy Set Records in April, but There’s a Catch

By Maxx Chatsko, The Street  •    •  Posted 2022-07-18 15:27:37

According to data compiled by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), onshore wind and utility-scale solar combined to generate more electricity than nuclear for the first time ever. Wind power generated 15% of the nation’s electricity that month, which was a monthly record. Meanwhile, the country leaned on non-zero carbon power sources for nearly 46% of its electricity. That was well above the 39% average for all of 2021.
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In a Twist, Old Coal Plants Help Deliver Renewable Power. Here’s How.

By Elena Shao, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2022-07-18 15:26:01

Across the country, aging and defunct coal-burning power plants are getting new lives as solar, battery and other renewable energy projects, partly because they have a decades-old feature that has become increasingly valuable: They are already wired into the power grid. The miles of high-tension wires and towers often needed to connect power plants to customers far and wide can be costly, time consuming and controversial to build from scratch. So solar and other projects are avoiding regulatory hassles, and potentially speeding up the transition to renewable energy, by plugging into the unused connections left behind as coal becomes uneconomical to keep burning. [ read more … ]

Fast-tracking clean energy technology

By Joseph Winters, The Grist  •    •  Posted 2022-07-18 15:26:34

The U.S. Department of Energy, or DOE, announced a raft of funding last week to help remove obstacles that are stymieing the development of clean energy technologies.

Seven national laboratories will receive a total of $18.4 million through the Technology Commercialization Fund, an annual funding opportunity that was established in 2005. The DOE said in a press release that this year’s funding is meant to address “barriers, gaps, and root causes of commercialization challenges” that are currently making it difficult for clean energy technologies to make it to the marketplace. [ read more … ]


Utility executives reveal ‘yawning gap’ in climate action

By Peter Behr, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-07-18 15:28:00

A new survey of U.S. utility leaders found that nearly 9 in 10 said reducing greenhouse gas emissions from power plants was a high or moderate priority, while only 38 percent of their companies were executing a strategy to do anything about it. The results came from a survey of 190 executives that was released by ICF International Inc., a Fairfax, Va.-based consulting firm that advises utilities on managing clean energy goals, extreme weather threats and energy equity challenges. [ read more … ]

Europe glimpses climate future, with record-breaking heat

By Chelsea Harvey, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-07-18 15:28:35

Record-breaking temperatures and vicious wildfires swept through Western Europe and the United Kingdom this weekend, in what may be one of the region’s most extreme heat waves on record.
Hundreds of people have already died, and the heat is expected to linger this week in some areas. For the first time ever, the U.K.’s Meteorological Office issued a “red” heat warning — its highest heat alert level, indicating a national emergency — for London, Manchester and other U.K. regions for today and tomorrow. [ read more … ]


How Manchin wobble may hit Biden’s public land oil strategy

By Heather Richards, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-07-18 15:28:16

After Sen. Joe Manchin sent climate negotiations into chaos on Capitol Hill last week, the pressure is on President Joe Biden to take his own concrete steps to halt global warming, like toughening his stance on drilling for oil on public lands. The West Virginia Democrat waffled ahead of the weekend on whether he will support climate spending in ongoing negotiations over the reconciliation package that Democrats are trying to get passed ahead of the midterm elections — when the GOP is predicted to gain spots in Congress. He blamed inflation for his position. [ read more … ]


Climate-focused bill collapses as nation is gripped by impacts

By Benjamin Storrow, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-07-18 15:28:55

Water levels have fallen so low on the Colorado River that they are threatening a dam relied upon by millions of Americans. In Texas, it was so hot last week the state’s grid operator had to twice ask people to conserve electricity. And in western Kansas, it is so dry that barely any wheat sprouted this year, further straining global agricultural markets upended by the war in Ukraine. [ read more … ]


The AP Interview: GM’s Barra talks electric vehicles, future

By TOM KRISHER, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2022-07-18 15:26:52

The economy is a bit wobbly, but General Motors CEO Mary Barra isn’t backing off of an audacious prediction: By the middle of this decade, her company will sell more electric vehicles in the U.S. than Tesla, the global sales leader. To fulfill that pledge in as little as 2 1/2 years, she faces some long odds against immense economic forces that are working against auto sales. Inflation has spiked, interest rates are rising, material costs have soared and a global shortage of computer chips is still braking assembly lines at GM and other companies. [ read more … ]

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