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December 14, 2022

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DOE releases record funding for removing carbon

By Corbin Hiar, Carlos Anchondo, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-12-14 15:13:08

A high-stakes race that will shape the future of direct air capture technology has officially begun. The Department of Energy fired the starting gun Tuesday with the release of guidelines the agency will follow when awarding $3.5 billion for four regional hubs that aim to rapidly scale up systems for removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. That prize money, which comes from the bipartisan infrastructure law of 2021, will be distributed over the next five years in two prize competitions. [ read more … ]

Congress

Senate to vote on Manchin’s permitting overhaul

By Nick Sobczyk, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-12-14 15:13:25

Sen. Joe Manchin will get a floor vote on his environmental permitting overhaul, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer told reporters Tuesday. It’s a move that will roil environmental groups, but the bill has a shaky outlook on the floor, with an unusual partnership of progressives and Republicans ready to oppose it. [ read more … ]

New E.U. carbon tariff draws interest on Capitol Hill

By Nick Sobczyk, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-12-14 15:12:45

The European Union’s climate import tax could galvanize a congressional conversation about enacting a similar policy in the United States. The E.U. parliament struck a deal Tuesday on its long-awaited carbon border adjustment mechanism, or CBAM, a decision that looms large over the world economy. Republicans have grown increasingly interested in the policy as a way to promote U.S. industry and fight Chinese imports, and climate advocates across the political spectrum are hoping the E.U.’s move will accelerate that support. [ read more … ]

Fusion

After ‘breakthrough,’ DOE eyes fusion power plant

By Peter Behr, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2022-12-14 15:12:03

The Department of Energy on Tuesday celebrated a major fusion energy milestone, outlining how scientists for the first time were able to produce more energy from a reaction than was consumed.
“This milestone moves us one significant step closer” to having zero-carbon fusion energy “powering our society,” Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said at a DOE ceremony celebrating the results of an experiment by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory [ read more … ]

EVs

Ahead of shift to EVs, auto industry makes slow progress on efficiency

By Timothy Puko, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2022-12-14 15:12:24

American automakers are starting to reduce tailpipe emissions again after several years of stalled improvements in fuel efficiency, according to new federal data released Monday, a product of the Biden administration restoring rules eased by Trump officials. U.S. passenger cars and light duty trucks are on course to get about 5% more efficient in the most recent model year, 2022, averaging more than 26 miles per gallon for the first time, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA released these estimates Monday as part of an annual report on the country’s auto fleet, a leading source of greenhouse-gas emissions. [ read more … ]

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