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September 13, 2022

Biden ‘committed’ to permitting deal with Manchin

By Jael Holzman, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-09-13 15:37:35

The White House said Monday that President Joe Biden is “committed” to permitting reform legislation promised to West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin. Democratic leaders promised Manchin permitting reform in exchange for his support of the Inflation Reduction Act. Today, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said the president remained behind the accord. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Inside America’s offshore wind hub: Boats, cables and elation

By Benjamin Storrow, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-09-13 15:34:18

That the industry made it this far was never guaranteed in America. While offshore wind has flourished in Europe and is taking off in Asia, the idea of installing turbines in the ocean has long been contentious in the United States. After the failure of Cape Wind, the Trump administration nearly brought the whole industry to a halt with calls for more environmental study of Vineyard, the first project to undergo federal review. [ read more … ]

Air Pollution

Scientists find clues to how air pollution may trigger lung cancer

By Jacqueline Howard, CNN  •    •  Posted 2022-09-13 15:35:18

“The same particles in the air that derive from the combustion of fossil fuels, exacerbating climate change, are directly impacting human health via an important and previously overlooked cancer-causing mechanism in lung cells,” Swanton said in the news release. “The risk of lung cancer from air pollution is lower than from smoking, but we have no control over what we all breathe,” he said. “Globally, more people are exposed to unsafe levels of air pollution than to toxic chemicals in cigarette smoke, and these new data link the importance of addressing climate health to improving human health.” [ read more … ]

Biden Administration

Biden to boost biotech to tackle cancer, climate change

By Ariel Wittenberg, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-09-13 15:37:04

The executive order to launch a National Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing Initiative is aimed at ensuring the industries remain in America as they develop cutting-edge technologies to address cancer. It also intends to create stronger supply chains and more American jobs. Biden will announce the new initiative this afternoon at Boston’s John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in an event that also marks the 60th anniversary of former President John F. Kennedy’s original moonshot speech. [ read more … ]

As Dems squabble, GOP floats its own permitting bill

By Kelsey Brugger, Jeremy Dillon, Hannah Northey, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-09-13 15:36:44

Republicans have long harped on the cumbersome permitting system, but they have cast doubt on a deal Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chair Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) struck with Democratic leaders for his vote on last month’s climate bill. “Since our calls for action and offers to see legislative text from the permitting ‘deal’ remain unheeded, Republicans are introducing this legislation today to deliver solutions to the roadblocks, delays and postponements of key infrastructure projects across the country,” said Capito. [ read more … ]

Climate

EPA ramps up outreach on power plant carbon rules

By Jean Chemnick, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-09-13 15:36:05

EPA is asking outside experts to weigh in on how it can write protective and legally sturdy rules to tackle power plant carbon pollution. The agency has held a series of virtual meetings this summer with stakeholders to solicit advice on how to structure standards for new and existing fossil fuel power plants under a specific section of the Clean Air Act. That section has been used twice before to regulate power plant carbon, but neither rule survived long enough to take effect. Last week, EPA also opened a nonregulatory docket to collect written input from “a broad group of stakeholders.” The agency has said it will release proposals to limit carbon from new and existing coal and natural gas power plants by the end of the first quarter of 2023. [ read more … ]

Carbon intensity of U.S. power generation continues to fall but varies widely by state

By Paul McArdle, Elesia Fasching, EIA  •    •  Posted 2022-09-13 15:36:23

From 2016 to 2020, the carbon intensity of U.S. power generation fell 18%, driven by a shift in the U.S. electricity generation mix away from coal and toward natural gas and renewables. The carbon intensity of power generation measures the amount of CO2 emitted to produce a unit of electricity. All but seven U.S. states decreased their carbon intensity over that five-year period, although the amount of the decrease varied widely. [ read more … ]

Hydro

What the Western drought reveals about hydropower

By Jason Plautz, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-09-13 15:35:43

The relentless Western drought that is threatening water supplies in the country’s largest reservoirs is exposing a reality that could portend a significant shift in electricity: Hydropower is not the reliable backbone it once was. Utilities and states are preparing for a world with less available water and turning more to wind and solar, demand response, energy storage and improved grid connections. That planning has helped Western states keep the lights on this summer even in severe drought conditions. [ read more … ]

Off Topic

At 75, the Father of Environmental Justice Meets the Moment

By Cara Buckley, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2022-09-13 15:34:37

Funded by the G.I. Bill, Bullard went on to get a master’s degree and doctorate in sociology, and emerged determined to model his career on that of his hero, the writer and civil rights champion W.E.B. DuBois. “He didn’t do dead white man sociology, he did what I call kick-ass sociology,” Dr. Bullard said. “You can be a scholar and an activist and you can do something to make change.” [ read more … ]

 

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