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October 2, 2022

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‘It makes climate change real’: How carbon emissions got rebranded as ‘pollution’

By Kate Yoder, Grist  •    •  Posted 2022-10-02 14:18:14

Connecting climate change with something visceral and dangerous brings more immediacy to a problem that’s often seen as unfolding far away or in the future, even though it’s causing suffering now. “Climate pollution” is becoming common on the websites of green groups and atop news stories. “Carbon pollution” has been adopted by the Biden administration, appearing on the Environmental Protection Agency’s site, in press releases about cleaning up manufacturing, and in speeches by the president. 
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Wind Energy

Vestas launches ‘world’s tallest onshore tower for wind turbines’

By Anmar Frangoul, CNBC  •    •  Posted 2022-10-02 14:17:48

Danish firm Vestas said Tuesday it was launching an onshore wind turbine tower with a hub height measuring 199 meters (just under 653 feet), in the latest example of how the sector is turning to increasingly large structures. In a statement, the Aarhus-headquartered company described it as “currently the world’s tallest onshore tower for wind turbines.” [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

There’s a Mind-Bending Amount of Solar in the US Pipeline

By Nathaniel Bullard, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2022-10-02 14:18:39

In its annual review of utility-scale solar, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory  analyzed data from seven independent system operators and 35 utilities, which together represent about 85% of the nation’s electricity load, to see what’s awaiting connection. It found more than 1 terawatt of potential new power generation or storage capacity that has requested connection to transmission networks. To put that in perspective, the whole world hit 1 terawatt of installed solar capacity earlier this year.  [ read more … ]

Inflation Reduction Act

How to implement the climate law? Go on hiring spree.

By Kelsey Brugge, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-10-02 14:19:26

Federal agencies are posting “helped wanted” signs as the Biden administration tries to quickly hire thousands of people to implement the new climate law. The Department of Energy will need hundreds of new employees, many in its loan office. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, meanwhile, says the IRS plans to hire 5,000 people. And EPA has to staff up the new national green bank.
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EVs

NY Implements 2035 All-EV Plan After California Clears the Way

By Kira Bindrim, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2022-10-02 14:19:00

New York Governor Kathy Hochul on Thursday announced that the state will follow California in requiring all new vehicles sold by 2035 be zero-emissions, setting in motion the regulatory process to implement a law she signed last year.   The announcement comes one month after The California Air Resources Board voted unanimously to adopt Advanced Clean Cars II, which mandates 100% zero-emission and hybrid plug-in vehicle sales in California by 2035. That plan, with an initial goal of 35% sales by 2026, would achieve goals from a 2020 executive order from Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat. It is expected to ultimately be adopted by the 15 states currently signed onto California’s zero-emission vehicle program, New York among them. 
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New York begins implementation of 2035 ban on new gas-powered cars and trucks, following California lead

By Robert Walton, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2022-10-02 14:18:00

New York has begun the process to implement a 2035 ban on new sales of light-duty internal combustion engine vehicles, following the lead of California regulators who adopted such rules in August. Gov. Kathy Hochul, D, on Thursday directed the N.Y. Department of Environmental Conservation to develop draft rules requiring a growing percentage of new light-duty vehicle sales to be zero-emission vehicles, beginning with 35% in model year 2026. [ read more … ]

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