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January 12, 2023

Top Story

Exxon Scientists Predicted Global Warming, Even as Company Cast Doubts, Study Finds

By Hiroko Tabuchi, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2023-01-12 14:55:41

The new study, from researchers at Harvard University and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, builds on reporting showing that for decades, Exxon scientists had warned their executives of “potentially catastrophic” human-caused climate change. The burning of oil, gas and coal is raising Earth’s temperature and sea levels with devastating consequences worldwide, including intensifying storms, worsening drought and deadlier wildfires. [ read more … ]

Wind Energy

Biden’s new offshore energy chief becomes prime GOP target

By Emma Dumain, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2023-01-12 14:57:59

House Republicans say a key promotion at the Interior Department will go under the microscope. Elizabeth Klein, whose nomination for deputy Interior secretary was withdrawn in 2021, will lead the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. That promotion comes at a pivotal moment, as House Republicans are looking to flex their muscle in their new majority. [ read more … ]

Black business owners test offshore wind for diversity

By Benjamin Storrow, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2023-01-12 14:57:42

Deidre Helberg wandered the conference hall, past booths occupied by construction companies, shipping firms and cable manufacturers, and wondered where she fit in. Like most people here, Helberg was drawn to the trade show by the prospect of supplying equipment to an offshore wind project planned off Long Island. But unlike most of the people here, Helberg is Black. She is used to this; after nearly two decades of running a business that sells electrical equipment to utilities, transit authorities and universities, Helberg, 60, is accustomed to being the only Black woman in the room. [ read more … ]

Natural Gas

Ban Gas Stoves? Just the Idea Gets Some in Washington Boiling.

By Elena Shao and Lisa Friedman, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2023-01-12 14:56:51

Concerns raised by the nation’s top consumer watchdog about the health hazards posed by gas stoves have triggered a sharp rebuke from the oil and gas industry and its Republican allies, inserting a common kitchen appliance into the middle of partisan politics. Critics were pushing back hard on Wednesday against recent comments made by Richard Trumka Jr., a commissioner of the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, that his agency might take some regulatory action in the face of growing research that links gas stoves to pollutants that harm both human health and the environment. [ read more … ]

CPSC chair: ‘I am not looking to ban gas stoves’

By Ariel Wittenberg, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2023-01-12 14:58:16

The head of the Consumer Product Safety Commission is batting down claims that his agency is on the cusp of banning gas stoves after congressional Republicans blew up over concerns that the federal government would take their kitchen appliances away. “Research indicates that emissions from gas stoves can be hazardous, and the CPSC is looking for ways to reduce related indoor air quality hazards,” Chair Alexander Hoehn-Saric said in a statement. “But to be clear, I am not looking to ban gas stoves and the CPSC has no proceeding to do so.” [ read more … ]

Emissions

Revealed: Exxon made ‘breathtakingly’ accurate climate predictions in 1970s and 80s

By Oliver Milman, The Guardian  •    •  Posted 2023-01-12 14:56:26

The oil giant Exxon privately “predicted global warming correctly and skilfully” only to then spend decades publicly rubbishing such science in order to protect its core business, new research has found. A trove of internal documents and research papers has previously established that Exxon knew of the dangers of global heating from at least the 1970s, with other oil industry bodies knowing of the risk even earlier, from around the 1950s. They forcefully and successfully mobilized against the science to stymie any action to reduce fossil fuel use. [ read more … ]

Commentary

Electric Vehicles Keep Defying Almost Everyone’s Predictions

By David Wallace-Wells, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2023-01-12 14:58:36

Boom may not even adequately communicate what happened. Around the world, E.V. sales were projected to have grown 60 percent in 2022, according to a BloombergNEF report prepared ahead of the 2022 U.N. climate conference COP27, bringing total sales over 10 million. There are now almost 30 million electric vehicles on the road in total, up from just 10 million at the end of 2020. E.V. market share has also tripled since 2020. [ read more … ]

EVs

How the Hummer is fueling a backlash against electric trucks

By David Ferris, E&E News  •    •  Posted 2023-01-12 14:57:25

As General Motors Co. prepared in 2020 to go all-electric, it didn’t look to a normal sort of vehicle. It started with the Hummer. In its original form, this mammoth off-road truck had horrible gas mileage and was a magnet for controversy. But in a commercial that GM paid for during the Super Bowl that year, the electric Hummer became something else. Its battery would endow it with even more capabilities than before — astonishing 1,000 horsepower and lightning speed — while also carrying the halo of zero carbon emissions. [ read more … ]

Electric Vehicles Look Poised for Slower Sales Growth This Year

By Colin McKerracher, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2023-01-12 14:57:06

We expect EV adoption to continue to rise in 2023, but at a slightly slower pace than the last two years, which saw sales jump from 3.2 million in 2020 to more than 10 million in 2022. We expect 13.6 million plug-in passenger vehicle sales in total for this year, with around 75% of those being fully electric. [ read more … ]

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