Public Interest in EVs Has Grown Since January, With Millennials and Democrats Driving the Biggest Increases
As you may have noticed, Morning Consult has begun taking a close look at the country’s interest in electric vehicles, as legacy brands and startups double down on the technology and the Biden administration pushes for major investments in charging and other EV infrastructure. In my latest story — in collaboration with my Brands reporter colleague Alyssa Meyers — we asked U.S. adults if they would consider buying an EV in the next decade, and compared the results with January responses to the same question, run just a few days after President Joe Biden’s inauguration. What we found: a small jump forward in interest among the whole population, but especially among millennials and Democrats. This came with an open-end analysis of which brands people associate with both EVs and “eco-friendly” cars more broadly, which found Tesla Inc. was the standout among its corporate competitors. Read more here.
The Interior Department will delay for two years a decision on whether to open 28 million acres of public land in Alaska to mining. In the interim, the Bureau of Land Management plans to review and potentially amend the Trump administration analysis of the proposed opening, which prompted five public lands orders that would have opened the lands to mineral and mining development, and were signed during former-President Donald Trump’s final week on the job. (The Hill)
The Biden administration is weighing whether to single out methane for more significant emissions reductions as a part of its overall review of the country’s greenhouse gas emission reduction pledge, which is set to be unveiled next week, according to two people familiar with the matter. More dramatic methane reductions would most impact the oil industry, which has prompted some wariness from administration officials skeptical about appearing to attack the industry, the people said. (Bloomberg)
The country’s largest gas driller, EQT Corp., has called for more stringent limits on methane leaks from natural gas wells and said it would support congressional resolutions condemning the Trump administration’s relaxation of Obama-era caps on methane emissions from oil and gas wells. Chief Executive Toby Rice said his company and an “overwhelming majority” of the industry can immediately comply with the restored federal standards following years of efforts to reduce their own emissions. (Bloomberg)
Katherine Tai, the United States trade representative, made a case on Thursday for using trade policies to fight climate change, devoting her first speech in her new position to addressing one of President Biden’s top priorities.
President Joe Biden’s $2.25 trillion infrastructure bill could be a bonanza for the energy sector. If the legislative proposal passes Congress, it’s poised to unleash billions in spending on the energy sector alone — and those federal funds are sure to catalyze other spending as well.
Senior Senate Democrats will introduce legislation on Thursday designed to make climate change a pillar of U.S. diplomacy, boosting initiatives to help other nations cut emissions and adapt to a warming world, Axios has learned.
The Google Earth app is adding a new video feature that draws upon nearly four decades of satellite imagery to vividly illustrate how climate change has affected glaciers, beaches, forests and other places around the world.
Years after former Gov. Jerry Brown pledged California would launch its “own damn satellite” to track planet-warming pollutants, the state plans to put not one, but two satellites in orbit to help it hunt for hard-to-find “super-emitters” of methane and carbon dioxide.
An unlikely duo is steering President Joe Biden’s efforts to restore U.S. credibility on fighting climate change: a patrician former presidential candidate and a plain-speaking, long-time civil servant – both with Boston roots and baseball loyalties.
John Kerry, America’s special envoy on climate change, is on a whirlwind global tour to drum up support for a climate “leaders summit” on Earth Day next week. He’s hoping to re-establish the US as a climate leader and extract more serious ambition from his peers, but has been dogged by a familiar complaint from officials in developing economies: the global race to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions is fundamentally unfair.
In the big, exciting future that’s measured in kilowatt- and gigawatt-hours, batteries are enabling mass electrification across many sectors. The rapid decline in battery prices has ensured burgeoning interest from electric-vehicle makers and consumer-electronics manufacturers—even from the energy industry, for enormous stationary storage systems operating on the power grid.
The regulatory agency charged with protecting the Delaware River Basin both banned fracking and paved the way for an LNG export facility within a few months, demonstrating just how hard it is to sever ties with natural gas.
Iran’s sanctioned oil production has risen to its highest level in almost two years thanks to growing Chinese imports—a development that could lessen the West’s leverage in talks over reviving a nuclear deal with Tehran.
Katherine Blunt and Russell Gold, The Wall Street Journal
Two months after blackouts paralyzed Texas, most of the people who participate in the state’s 19-year-old electricity market, including producers, sellers and traders, share a similar view. The freeze wasn’t a one-off event. The state’s power market needs to change.
Texans are still paying for the blackouts caused by a winter storm in February that knocked out power for millions. Last week, electricity prices in the state spiked again as a cold front passed through while half of the state’s power plants remain offline for maintenance.
As utilities meet aggressive federal and state decarbonization targets, it will be incumbent on them to communicate and educate customers, executives from major U.S. utilities said at the BNEF Summit on Wednesday.
The United States and Brazil are at an impasse on a deal to stop destruction of the Amazon rainforest, which has surged under right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro, two people familiar with the matter told Reuters.
Wind energy has experienced accelerated cost reduction over the past five years—far greater than predicted in a 2015 expert elicitation. Here we report results from a new survey on wind costs, compare those with previous results and discuss the accuracy of the earlier predictions. We show that experts in 2020 expect future onshore and offshore wind costs to decline 37–49% by 2050, resulting in costs 50% lower than predicted in 2015.