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August 16, 2022

Top Story

Biden Signs Expansive Health, Climate and Tax Law

By Jim Tankersley, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2022-08-16 15:36:41

President Biden on Tuesday signed a long-awaited bill meant to reduce health costs, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and raise taxes on corporations and wealthy investors, capping more than a year of on-again, off-again negotiations and cementing his early economic legacy. “This bill is the biggest step forward on climate ever,” Mr. Biden said, after drawing a standing ovation from a White House crowd filled largely with aides and allies. The bill, which Democrats named the Inflation Reduction Act, invests $370 billion in spending and tax credits in low-emission forms of energy to fight climate change. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Wind energy is getting a big boost from the Inflation Reduction Act but local opposition, too

By Clay Mastyers, Iowa Public Radio  •    •  Posted 2022-08-16 15:37:13

There were hardly any empty chairs at the Woodbury County Board of Supervisors meeting last week in the county courthouse in Sioux City. The supervisors were there to consider an amendment to an ordinance that would severely limit where wind farms can be built within the county. Most of the landowners who showed up want the distance between wind turbines to go from 1,250 feet to 2,500 feet. Farmer Daniel Hair from Hornick showed up with signatures he’d collected at the county fair. “I have right here in my hand over 720 signatures from residents of Woodbury County,” Hair told the supervisors. [ read more … ]

Inflation Reduction Act

Even With Biggest-Ever Climate Bill, US Lags China’s Green Spending

By Aaron Clark, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2022-08-16 15:38:21

When you combine public and private investments aimed at accelerating the energy transition, China is by far and away the biggest spender, according to data compiled by energy research group Bloomberg NEF. Neither the IRA nor Europe’s Green Deal appears likely to change that. China spent $297.5 billion last year on the energy transition, while EU member states devoted $155.7 billion and the US $119.7 billion, using the BNEF methodology.  [ read more … ]

Will Biden’s climate bill really reduce LNG emissions?

By Benjamin Storrow, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-08-16 15:40:42

The climate bill that President Joe Biden is expected to sign into law today will increase pressure on U.S. liquefied natural gas exporters to reduce methane emissions. But the extent of those reductions is an open question, thanks to a series of exemptions in the bill that could allow LNG facilities to skirt a new fee on methane leaks. The stakes for the U.S. LNG industry are enormous. The new fee, coupled with proposed EPA methane regulations, could help the industry counteract Europe’s new tax on carbon-intensive goods and secure a long-term market for the fuel. At the same time, it also could add new costs to U.S. natural gas supplies, potentially making exports more expensive.
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States

California Braces for 109-Degree Heat That Will Test Grid

By Naureen S Malik, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2022-08-16 15:39:37

California and parts of the Pacific Northwest will wilt under near-record heat this week as a high-pressure dome builds across the region, taxing power supplies and aggravating an historic drought.
An excessive-heat watch stretches the length of California’s Central Valley where temperatures could reach 109 degrees Fahrenheit (43 Celsius) as soon as Tuesday, the National Weather Service said. A second pocket of extreme warmth is forecast for western Washington.  [ read more … ]

Commentary

Why Republicans Turned Against the Environment

By Paul Krugman, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2022-08-16 15:38:40

It’s not about belief in free markets and opposition to government intervention. One of the most striking aspects of recent energy disputes is the extent to which Republicans have tried to use the power of the state to promote polluting energy sources even when the private sector prefers alternatives. The Trump administration tried, unsuccessfully, to force electric utilities to keep burning coal even when other power sources were cheaper. Currently, as The Times has reported, many Republican state treasurers are trying to punish banks and other companies seeking to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. [ read more … ]

EVs

U.S. states urge postal service to halt gas vehicle purchases

By David Shepardson, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2022-08-16 15:37:33

A group of 17 state attorneys general urged the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) to halt planned purchases of gasoline-powered delivery vehicles pending a new environmental review, in a statement on Monday that encouraged the purchase of electric vehicles. A group of 17 state attorneys general urged the U.S. Postal Service to halt planned purchases of gasoline-powered delivery vehicles pending a new environmental review, in a statement on Monday that encouraged the purchase of electric vehicles. USPS announced plans last month to buy at least 25,000 electric delivery vehicles – more than twice its prior estimate – to replace its aging fleet.
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The EV charger that drops from the sky

By David Ferris, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-08-16 15:39:50

Americans need to drive EVs by the millions if the United States is to drive down its carbon emissions and preserve the existing climate. According to data from the Department of Energy, about 37 percent of all households are garageless, leaving residents who live in apartments or homes reliant on the shared resource of curbs or parking lots. Seattle is one of the first cities to try out this new approach: a retracting, on-demand charging station that perches on a power pole. While far from perfect, it evades some of the obstacles that stand between the curbside and the EV-curious. [ read more … ]

Frustrating Hassle Holding Electric Cars Back: Broken Chargers

By Niraj Chokshi, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2022-08-16 15:40:13

The federal government is doling out billions of dollars to encourage people to buy electric vehicles. Automakers are building new factories and scouring the world for raw materials. And so many people want them that the waiting lists for battery-powered cars are months long. The electric vehicle revolution is nearly here, but its arrival is being slowed by a fundamental problem: The chargers where people refuel these cars are often broken. One recent study found that about a quarter of the public charging outlets in the San Francisco Bay Area, where electric cars are commonplace, were not working. [ read more … ]

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