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November 28, 2022

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Manchin Spat With FERC Chair Glick Splits Energy Industry Groups

By Daniel Moore, Bloomberg Law  •    •  Posted 2022-11-28 15:54:14

The energy sector is treading carefully in publicly choosing sides in Sen. Joe Manchin’s refusal to advance the renomination of Richard Glick, chair of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, torn between two powerful figures with sway over electric and natural gas projects. The lack of intensive and public lobbying on Glick’s behalf—particularly from oil and gas trade groups—dims hopes from his supporters that Manchin will change his mind. That risks leaving the commission split 2-2 between Democrats and Republicans, a situation that energy lobbyists say would tie up approvals for many natural gas pipelines, transmission lines, and other vital projects. [ read more … ]

Congress

Energy Companies Expect More Friends in Washington as Republicans Take Over Ho

By Phred Dvorak and Katy Stech Ferek, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2022-11-28 15:54:29

House Republicans, who gained a slim majority in the midterm elections, are expected to support measures aimed at boosting domestic oil-and-gas production, which they have framed as a matter of national security following supply strains triggered by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Democrats still control the Senate, and Republicans aren’t expected to pass sweeping energy legislation. But they could make President Biden’s rollout of green-energy policies more difficult, including by using committee chairs to subject federal agencies to scrutiny on energy policy. [ read more … ]

Climate

How ‘spurious science’ threatens Antarctica

By Chelsea Harvey, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-11-28 15:53:07

An international meeting dedicated to the conservation of Antarctica’s delicate ocean ecosystems has once again ended in deadlock. For the sixth year in a row, members of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) — part of the Antarctic Treaty System — failed to agree on any new marine protected areas in the fragile Southern Ocean. hat’s despite the support of a majority of CCAMLR’s member parties. Just two nations — China and Russia — declined to support new marine protected areas, or MPAs, this year. The same two members have blocked similar proposals in other recent years. [ read more … ]

Markets

Green Factories Are Changing Minds in More Conservative US States

By Brian Eckhouse, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2022-11-28 15:53:55

Some Republicans in Georgia also see these factories as politically beneficial. Governor Brian Kemp, in his successful campaign for re-election, touted a surge in green jobs across the Peach State. There’s a battery plant so massive that it stretches half-a-mile along a freeway northeast of Atlanta — and more facilities are on the way. Hyundai Motor Co., for instance, just started building a $5.5 billion electric-vehicle plant near Savannah. This phenomenon isn’t confined to Georgia. Republicans in historically conservative states in the South and Midwest that once resisted the clean-energy movement are now competing for these factories. Some are offering property-tax abatements, site-clearing and other infrastructure improvements. [ read more … ]

EVs

Would you buy a made-in-China electric car? They’re coming.

By Jeanne Whalen, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2022-11-28 15:53:31

Chinese manufacturers began ramping up EV production before most Western rivals did, giving them a “significant advantage” in manufacturing efficiency, said Matthias Schmidt, founder of Schmidt Automotive Research in Berlin. China’s central and regional governments accelerated this push by heavily subsidizingdomestic EV factories, charging infrastructure and consumer EV purchases, and by protecting Chinese battery makers from foreign competition. “Now that they have reached scale, the Chinese are looking to export to Western markets,” Schmidt said. “They built up a lot of skills and competencies in their own market while Western [manufacturers] have been relative laggards.” [ read more … ]

 

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