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July 21, 2022

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Delay as the New Denial: The Latest Republican Tactic to Block Climate Action

By Lisa Friedman and Jonathan Weisman, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2022-07-21 15:23:52

Few Republicans in Congress now outwardly dismiss the scientific evidence that human activities — the burning of oil, gas and coal — have produced gases that are dangerously heating the Earth.
But for many, denial of the cause of global temperature rise has been replaced by an insistence that the solution — replacing fossil fuels over time with wind, solar and other nonpolluting energy sources — will hurt the economy. In short, delay is the new denial. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Biden ’emergency’ offshore wind push faces Trump roadblock

By Heather Richards, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-07-21 15:27:40

As part of his efforts to take executive action to address climate change, President Joe Biden said yesterday he would advance offshore wind development for Southeastern states — a prospect seemingly prohibited by a moratorium signed by his predecessor. Wind advocates said they aren’t ready to celebrate yet, instead focused on maintaining a provision in the National Defense Authorization Act currently moving through Congress to reverse the 10-year ban on offshore energy development in the southern Atlantic Ocean signed by former President Donald Trump in the fall of 2020. [ read more … ]

Battery Storage

Batteries Are Already Helping Power Grids Weather a Hotter World

By Nathaniel Bullard, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2022-07-21 15:26:39

Texas power plants are working flat out. Maintenance is being deferred to ensure sufficient capacity, but that only stresses the system further. Renewables are some help — in particular solar, which generates almost 40 times more power in 2022 than it did in 2016 — but wind output is typically low during extreme heat events. The grid is under strain and will remain that way this summer.  That’s true of California as well (Death Valley hit 122°F in June). But its main grid can increasingly draw on a crucial power source that was negligible just a few years ago. [ read more … ]

States

Fate of the Texas Power Grid Depends on Daily Whims of the Wind

By Naureen S Malik, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-07-21 15:25:02

The ability of Texas—America’s oil and natural gas hub—to avoid blackoutsduring this summer’s punishing heatwaves is hinging largely on a different source of energy: wind power. On breezy days, Texas has plenty of electricity to spare—even as demand surges to unprecedented levels. On Wednesday, for instance, power use skyrocketed to a record 79.8 gigawatts. But officials didn’t even ask for conservation, thanks to vast wind farms in the Texas Panhandle and along the Gulf Coast that at time can supply about half of the grid’s needs.
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Congress

Democrats insist on climate emergency declaration

By Nick Sobczyk, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-07-21 15:28:19

Democrats are keeping the pressure on President Joe Biden to declare a climate emergency after the administration took initial executive actions yesterday, as the party tries to move on from another congressional climate failure. Biden yesterday announced a smaller slate of climate executive actions, including boosts for offshore wind energy development, new disaster resilience money at the Federal Emergency Management Agency and guidance for keeping homes cool during extreme heat through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program [ read more … ]

Manchin says climate bill risks inflation. But does it?

By Jean Chemnick, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-07-21 15:28:08

He used the same justification to blow up a larger climate and social spending bill in December. But the conservative West Virginia Democrat hasn’t said much about why he believes such legislation — which includes incentives for wind and solar energy, hydrogen and electric vehicles — would cause consumer prices to rise more steeply. But many economists say the kinds of policies Democrats are pursuing would actually relieve pressure on consumers, not add to their burden. [ read more … ]

EVs

Postal Service takes U-turn, plans EV surge

By David Iaconangelo, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-07-21 15:27:16

USPS said that at least 50 percent of its first $3 billion, 50,000-vehicle purchase would now be battery electrics, up from the 20 percent it had initially slated. The shift is viewed as significant for the trajectory of EVs, considering that the Postal Service’s 212,000 vans constitute about a third of all federal vehicles and make up the largest civilian fleet in the world, according to the Government Accountability Office. [ read more … ]

Ford increases its battery supply to meet its electric-vehicle goals.

By Neal E. Boudette, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2022-07-21 15:24:16

Ford Motor said on Thursday that it had reached an agreement to acquire battery packs from a Chinese supplier as it races to ramp up its global production of electric vehicles. The automaker said it would begin purchasing battery packs next year from Contemporary Amperex Technology Company Limited that will be used in electric vehicles produced in North America and other regions. The Chinese company, which is known as CATL, is the largest battery producer in the world and is often regarded as the most important player in the electric vehicle industry after Tesla.
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Here’s how the electric vehicle revolution is going

By Lee Powell, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2022-07-21 15:24:38

For years, electric vehicles were said to be just around the corner. Now, they’re here, moving from niche to mainstream, with their listen-or-you’ll-miss-it driving noises, and with no need for gas, oil changes or emissions tests — ever. The revolution is happening in a time of high gas prices and amid worries about stable energy sources fueled by the war in Ukraine. “Electric cars are normal now,” said Matthew Nelson, director of governmental affairs at Electrify America, which has the nation’s largest network of fast-charging stations. “This is a car that does what you expect a car to do.” [ read more … ]

 

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