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January 10, 2023

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U.S. Carbon Emissions Grew in 2022, Even as Renewables Surpassed Coal

By Elena Shao, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2023-01-10 15:38:42

America’s greenhouse gas emissions from energy and industry increased 1.3 percent in 2022, continuing to rebound from an abrupt pandemic decline in 2020 but not quite reaching prepandemic levels, according to preliminary estimates published Tuesday by the Rhodium Group, a nonpartisan research firm. Emissions ticked up even as renewable energy surpassed coal power nationwide for the first time in over six decades, with wind, solar and hydropower generating 22 percent of the country’s electricity compared with 20 percent from coal. Growth in natural gas power generation also compensated for coal’s decline. [ read more … ]

States

Mass. unveils plans to roll back gas in new buildings

By David Iaconangelo, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2023-01-10 15:39:20

Massachusetts energy officials are planning to shrink natural gas’s role in heating new buildings, as new Democratic Gov. Maura Healey faces steep challenges with her energy and climate agenda.
Late last year, the Department of Energy Resources issued draft and final rules that promote electrification of space and water heat. The draft rule, released for public comment on Dec. 23, outlines conditions for participation in a first-of-its-kind demonstration program where up to 10 Massachusetts towns and cities can ban fossil fuels in new buildings.
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Air Pollution

After a Decade, Federal Officials Tighten Guidelines on Air Pollution

By Victoria St. Martin, Inside Climate News  •    •  Posted 2023-01-10 15:38:03

For the first time in a decade, the Environmental Protection Agency has proposed tougher standards for pollution from PM 2.5, small, inhalable airborne particles about one-thirtieth of the width of a human hair that are linked to a range of health harms, from heart and lung ailments to asthma and other respiratory conditions. The EPA announced plans on Friday to lower the annual standard for PM 2.5 from a level of 12 micrograms per cubic meter to between 9 and 10 micrograms per cubic meter. Environmental activists, who have long urged the government to tighten its regulations, said the new proposal doesn’t go far enough in addressing the hazards from PM 2.5. [ read more … ]

US Safety Agency to Consider Ban on Gas Stoves Amid Health Fears

By Ari Natter, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2023-01-10 15:38:21

A federal agency says a ban on gas stoves is on the table amid rising concern about harmful indoor air pollutants emitted by the appliances.  The US Consumer Product Safety Commission plans to take action to address the pollution, which can cause health and respiratory problems.  “This is a hidden hazard,” Richard Trumka Jr., an agency commissioner, said in an interview. “Any option is on the table. Products that can’t be made safe can be banned.”  [ read more … ]

EPA blueprint: Soot proposal would affect Calif. the most

By Sean Reilly, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2023-01-10 15:40:19

The analysis forecasts a much greater impact if the agency opts to cut the annual limit to the lowest level recommended by an agency advisory committee, though it notes that option also carries much higher compliance costs. The analysis, released Friday in tandem with the proposed blueprint, outlines the complex boundaries of what could be a stiff fight ahead. [ read more … ]

Congress

Meet the new GOP chair of the House Science Committee

By Scott Waldman, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2023-01-10 15:39:43

Though Lucas has spoken about the threat posed by more intense droughts and heat waves, he also has resisted calls to cut the use of fossil fuels, by far the biggest contributor to global warming.
How Lucas squares those stances will go a long way toward determining what — if any — climate legislation emerges from the Republican-controlled House over the next two years, and if Lucas represents a change in tack from former Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), who led the Science Committee from 2013 to 2019. [ read more … ]

House Republican fires opening salvo on energy permitting

By Emma Dumain, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2023-01-10 15:40:00

A senior House Natural Resources Committee Republican offered an early preview Monday of how the GOP will seek to overhaul the permitting process for energy projects with its new House majority. While the approach, which deals with the hardrock mining industry, is one that’s sure to galvanize Republicans, it isn’t likely to attract the bipartisan coalition necessary for passage in the Democratic-controlled Senate. [ read more … ]

EVs

How carmakers are crafting the EV-charging experience

By David Ferris, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2023-01-10 15:38:58

All of these charging networks follow the playbook of Tesla, which since the company’s early days has created a premium experience for its drivers through its Supercharger network. Unlike Tesla’s plug plazas, which bar other users and are intended only for Teslas, these chargers are meant for use by any EV — though drivers of the right kind of car will have an experience that’s just a bit better. Mercedes, for example, went to pains to point out the advantages that will accrue to Mercedes owners. [ read more … ]

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