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July 19, 2022

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Biden’s climate plan in free fall

By Scott Waldman, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-07-19 16:14:19

President Joe Biden’s miserable climate summer is getting worse. His authority to regulate carbon emissions was hobbled by the Supreme Court last month as a three-year drought devastates parts of the West, with dangerous wildfires, hurricanes and floods looming as threats to large portions of the United States. Then, late last week, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) stripped Biden of one of the last potential victories remaining: passage of major climate legislation. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Where Dalí Once Painted the Sea, Wind Turbines Are Set to Rise

By David Gelles, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2022-07-19 16:11:32

The contentious project on the Spanish coast is emblematic of a push-and-pull taking place throughout Europe as officials rush to reduce planet-warming emissions by phasing out fossil fuels and rapidly building utility-scale renewable energy projects. The war in Ukraine has added urgency to the effort, as European policymakers try to break free from their dependence on Russian oil and gas.
Yet from the coast of Spain to the rivers of Albania, efforts to deploy large wind, solar and hydroelectricity projects are running into roadblocks that include NIMBYism, environmentalist concerns and a bureaucracy that hampers quick action. [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

Climate bill defeat a blow to U.S. solar production, First Solar CEO says

By Nichola Groom, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2022-07-19 16:11:49

The collapse last week of legislation that includes subsidies for domestic solar panel output is a blow to nascent efforts to wean the solar industry off major reliance on China, the chief executive of the largest U.S. solar panel producer said on Monday. In an interview, First Solar Inc CEO Mark Widmar said that without the Democratic-backed climate change bill there was no incentive for manufacturers to build solar equipment factories in the United States. [ read more … ]

Air Pollution

Air pollution caused 2,780 deaths, illnesses, and IQ loss in children in Massachusetts in 2019

By Boston College’s Global Observatory on Planetary Health  •    •  Posted 2022-07-19 16:12:36

While Massachusetts meets federal clean air guidelines and air pollution in the U.S. has declined 70 percent since the passage of the Clean Air Act in the 1970s—when Landrigan and other scientists successfully pushed for the removal of lead from gasoline—unclean air at current levels still poses health hazards to both healthy individuals and those with other ailments or illnesses. “We do not have the level of air pollution you see in China or India and because it is mostly invisible today people tend to forget about air pollution and we get complacent,” Landrigan said [ read more … ]

Climate Change

This Map Will Make You Optimistic About Fighting Climate Change

By Zahra Hirji, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2022-07-19 16:13:28

There’s no denying that a lot of the news about the climate crisis is bad. While the threat of water shortages looms in parts of South Africa, a brutal heat wave in China has turned deadly and Europe is suffering through its own blistering heat wave. For a lot of people, this is stressful. According to a 2019 survey by the American Psychological Association, two-thirds of participants reported suffering from climate anxiety. [ read more … ]

States

Calif.’s last nuclear plant faces closure. Can it survive?

By Anne C. Mulkern, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-07-19 16:13:47

California political leaders are debating whether to keep the state’s final nuclear power plant open beyond 2025, a decision with repercussions for the state’s emissions, electricity mix and ability to prevent blackouts amid high demand in the years ahead. But saving the Diablo Canyon Power Plant — near the Pacific Ocean in San Luis Obispo County — would require clearing numerous hurdles within just a few years. The plant is scheduled to shutter one unit in 2024 and the second in 2025. The closures are part of a settlement agreement reached by plant operator Pacific Gas and Electric Co., environmental groups and local authorities. [ read more … ]

Congress

Senate Democrats Urge Biden to Declare a ‘Climate Emergency’

By Ari Natter, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2022-07-19 16:12:55

Senate Democrats are urging the White House to declare a “climate emergency” while dismissing any optimism that a climate change package could be moved swiftly through Congress in September.  “The potential to enact the legislation is dead,” Senator Jeff Merkley, an Oregon Democrat, told reporters on Capitol Hill Monday evening. “This then frees up the president to use the full powers of the executive branch. And those full powers certainly include a climate emergency.” [ read more … ]

Progressive campaign strategy: Make Manchin irrelevant

By Timothy Cama, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-07-19 16:14:39

Progressive climate change advocates are increasingly coalescing around a midterm election strategy aimed at making Sen. Joe Manchin’s opposition to President Joe Biden’s environmental agenda irrelevant. In the days since the West Virginia Democrat shut down negotiations on a major Democratic deal on climate and clean energy spending, some lawmakers and environmentalists have sought to use the decision to drum up support for electing more Democratic senators, with the goal of having 52 or so Senate Democrats.
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Democrats eye options for big climate action this year

By Nick Sobczyk, Jeremy Dillon, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-07-19 16:15:12

Senate Democrats tried to revive hope yesterday that they might still pass climate legislation this year, but they face significant headwinds, and many are ready to move on and take what Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) will give them. Senate Finance Chair Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), who helped author much of the clean energy tax package that was under discussion, said conversations on climate “must continue to preserve our options to move forward.” “While I strongly support additional executive action by President Biden, we know a flood of Republican lawsuits will follow. Legislation continues to be the best option here,” Wyden said in a statement. “The climate crisis is the issue of our time and we should keep our options open.” [ read more … ]

What happened to Biden’s gas tax holiday?

By Robin Bravender, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-07-19 16:15:50

Nearly a month ago, President Joe Biden stood behind a White House podium and asked Congress to move swiftly to pause federal gas taxes to ease prices during the busy summer travel season.
Congress’ response: No thanks. [ read more … ]

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