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November 21, 2022

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Inside the Saudi Strategy to Keep the World Hooked

By Hiroko Tabuchi, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2022-11-21 16:24:34

Saudi interests have spent close to $140 million since 2016 on lobbyists and others to influence American policy and public opinion, making it one of the top countries spending on U.S. lobbying, according to disclosures to the Department of Justice tallied by the Center for Responsive Politics. Much of that has focused on bolstering the kingdom’s overall image, particularly after the murder of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018 by Saudi operatives. But the Saudi effort has also extended to building alliances in American Corn Belt states that produce ethanol — a product also threatened by electric cars. Behind closed doors at global climate talks, the Saudis have worked to obstruct climate action and research, in particular objecting to calls for a rapid phaseout of fossil fuels. [ read more … ]

States

California moves to accelerate fossil-free energy and vehicles to further cut climate gases and other pollution

By Elizabeth McCarthy, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2022-11-21 16:23:03

The California Air Resources Board, or CARB, proposed an update to its greenhouse gas reduction plan Nov. 16 that reflects state efforts to speed up carbon and air pollution reduction targets with more renewables, home electrification and zero-emission vehicles on the roads. CARB’s updated scoping plan projects that climate pollution will be 85% below 1990 levels and smog-forming pollution cut by 71% within 23 years. The draft update is the latest roadmap for the state to attain its target of a carbon-neutral economy by 2045 at the latest. This will be the third major update to the mandated greenhouse gas reduction scoping plan. [ read more … ]

Climate

How vulnerable countries finally got a fund for climate damage

By Sara Schonhardt, Karl Mathiesen, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-11-21 16:24:23

The world’s most climate-threatened countries won an historic first at climate talks here Sunday — securing a fund that would pay them for the damage wrought by global warming. But the victory came at a price. Reaching consensus on the new form of climate aid — or payments for “loss and damage” in U.N. circles — meant bargaining with a small group of petrostates and emerging economies who sought to block the conference from doing much to mitigate global warming. [ read more … ]

EPA floats sharply increased social cost of carbon

By Niina H. Farah, Lesley Clark, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-11-21 16:23:46

EPA has proposed a new estimate for the social cost of carbon emissions, nearly quadrupling an interim figure that has already drawn legal challenges from a host of Republican-led states. The metric puts a price tag on the damages created by each metric ton of greenhouse gas emissions. Agencies can then use it as part of their analyses of the costs and benefits of more stringent climate regulation on sources ranging from power plants and automobiles to the oil and gas sector. The Biden administration has been using the Interagency Working Group’s interim value of $51 per metric ton of CO2. But earlier this month, EPA quietly proposed increasing that number to $190. [ read more … ]

Pollution

Who Were the Worst Climate Polluters in the US in 2021?

By Phil McKenna, Inside Climate News  •    •  Posted 2022-11-21 16:23:26

The increase is the largest year-on-year rise in emissions tallied across more than a decade of reporting and comes at a time when global climate pollution must quickly be curtailed to limit further warming.  The emissions, 2.7 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent, were self-reported to the agency by more than 8,100 of the nation’s largest climate polluters under the agency’s mandatory Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program. The emissions represent about half of all U.S. climate pollution and the annual update provides the most comprehensive, site-by-site assessment of the nation’s largest polluters. 
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