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November 13, 2022

Top Story

Biden Casts America as Climate Leader and Promises a ‘Low-Carbon Future’

By Lisa Friedman and Jim Tankersley, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2022-11-13 11:07:41

President Biden appeared before an overflowing United Nations convention on Friday to reclaim America’s role as a leader on climate change and to stress a renewed U.S. commitment to stop the planet from catastrophic warming. Mr. Biden came to Egypt as the president who muscled through a landmark climate law, one that provides a record $370 billion to accelerate America’s transition away from the fossil fuels that have underpinned its economy for 150 years. [ read more … ]

Solar Energy

Calif. grid plan stirs concerns of a solar slowdown

By By Jason Plautz, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-11-13 11:08:57

State officials said the new plan written by administrative law Judge Kelly A. Hymes could save solar customers upwards of $100 a month on their electricity bills while also incentivizing them to buy energy storage batteries. Overall, the proposal says, the changes “will help meet California’s climate goals and increase reliability, while promoting affordability across all income levels.” [ read more … ]

Exclusive: U.S. blocks more than 1,000 solar shipments over Chinese slave labor concerns

By Nichola Groom, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2022-11-13 11:08:38

More than 1,000 shipments of solar energy components worth hundreds of millions of dollars have piled up at U.S. ports since June under a new law banning imports from China’s Xinjiang region over concerns about slave labor, according to federal customs officials and industry sources. The level of seizures, which has not previously been reported, reflects how a policy intended to heap pressure on Beijing over its Uyghur detention camps in Xinjiang risks slowing the Biden administration’s efforts to decarbonize the U.S. power sector to fight climate change. [ read more … ]

Politics

Four States Just Got a ‘Trifecta’ of Democratic Control, Paving the Way for Climate and Clean Energy Legislation

By Dan Gearino, Aman Azhar, Aydali Campa, Inside Climate News  •    •  Posted 2022-11-13 11:09:50

In an election that took many unexpected turns, Democrats made notable gains at the state level, winning control of the governor’s office and both houses of the legislature in four states that now may be poised to pass climate and clean energy legislation that wouldn’t have had a chance before. The states—Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan and Minnesota—have all seen environmental policies stymied by Republican leaders, but now Democrats have more latitude to take action. [ read more … ]

3 ways the midterms will transform energy

By Jason Plautz, Miranda Willson, Mike Lee, Kristi E. Swartz, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-11-13 11:10:45

Tuesday’s midterm elections may not have brought the seismic changes to Washington, D.C., that some pundits were expecting, but they resulted in surprising outcomes at the state level, with major implications for energy policy. Voters in four states — Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan and Minnesota — gave Democrats trifectas in both legislative chambers and the gubernatorial seat. Democrats also held on to close gubernatorial races in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and New York. [ read more … ]

White House wants lame-duck permitting bill

By Robin Bravender, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-11-13 11:11:11

Among the items on President Joe Biden’s lame-duck wish list: a permitting reform effort backed by West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin. Biden hopes that Congress will advance Manchin’s effort to streamline permitting as part of a pending defense authorization package during the upcoming lame-duck session, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters Thursday. [ read more … ]

Pollution

Carbon Dioxide Emissions Increased in 2022 as Crises Roiled Energy Markets

By Brad Plumer, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2022-11-13 11:09:21

Global fossil fuel emissions will most likely reach record highs in 2022 and do not yet show signs of declining, researchers said Thursday, a trend that puts countries further away from their goal of stopping global warming. This year, nations are projected to emit roughly 36.6 billion tons of planet-warming carbon dioxide by burning coal, natural gas and oil for energy, according to new data from the Global Carbon Project. That’s 1 percent more than the world emitted in 2021 and slightly more than the previous record in 2019, which came before the coronavirus pandemic caused a temporary drop in global energy use and emissions. [ read more … ]

Toxic wildfire smoke raises health risks across the country

By Matt Vasilogambros, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2022-11-13 11:07:09

What troubles experts is particulate matter in the air smaller than 2.5 microns across; there are about 25,000 microns in an inch. People inhale these microscopic bits, which then can embed deep in their lungs, irritating the lining and inflaming tissue. The particles are small enough to get into the bloodstream, which can lead to other short- and long-term health effects. Particulates in wildfire smoke are even hindering national progress on reducing air pollution, after decades of improvement.
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Battery Storage

A mountain, a tower, a thermos of molten salt. These are the batteries that could power our renewable future.

By Neel Dhanesha, Vox  •    •  Posted 2022-11-13 11:10:25

“We need to think about solutions that go beyond conventional lithium-ion batteries,” said Dharik Mallapragada, a principal research scientist at the MIT Energy Initiative and co-author of a recent study on the future of energy storage. Money is on everybody’s mind at COP27, the UN climate negotiations currently underway in Egypt, and the world needs affordable solutions that can work for wealthy and poor countries alike. “No single technology is going to make this happen,” Mallapragada said. “We have to think about it as a jigsaw puzzle, where every piece plays its role in the system.” [ read more … ]

Evs

Electric Vehicles Start to Enter the Car-Buying Mainstream

By Jack Ewing and Peter Eavis, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2022-11-13 11:07:25

The first wave of people who bought electric cars tended to be affluent, environmentally aware technology enthusiasts who lived in California. The second wave may be people like Russell Grooms, a librarian in Virginia. Mr. Grooms last year bought a battery-powered Nissan Leaf, spending about $20,000 after government incentives, as a way to save money on gasoline. [ read more … ]

 

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