The Department of Agriculture has finalized a plan to reinstate road-building and logging restrictions on the Tongass National Forest, the country’s largest national forest in southeast Alaska, despite decades of pushback from state political leaders who believe the restrictions limit jobs, renewable energy resources and tourism opportunities. The restrictions will take effect on Friday after being published in the Federal Register. (The Associated Press)
Tesla Inc. plans to expand production at its Berlin and Austin plants to increase the company’s battery production while cutting costs across the board, including parts and logistics, executives said in a fourth-quarter earnings call, as Chief Executive Elon Musk looks to reshape the company’s cost base in preparation for what he called a “serious” recession. (Reuters) The company reported record fourth-quarter revenue of $24.3 billion. (CNBC)
Akio Toyoda, head of Toyota Motor Corp., will step down as CEO and become chairman of the company on April 1, as the company is under investor pressure to embrace the shift toward electric vehicles. Koji Sato, president of the company’s luxury brand Lexus, will succeed Toyoda. (Reuters)
The Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday announced it plans to stop six coal-fired power plants from continuing to dump coal ash – a toxic byproduct of coal-fired electricity – into unlined ponds.
A Texas Tribune analysis of state data found that at least 214 people in Texas were killed by heat last year, and a large portion of those deaths were likely migrants who died after crossing the border.
The fossil fuel industry is asking the Supreme Court to resolve a legal battle over hydraulic fracturing off the California coast — a fight companies say carries “enormous practical and legal significance.”
Broad investment in mass transit and reduced reliance on cars could reduce the additional lithium required to transition to electric vehicles by 90 percent, according to research from the Climate and Community Project and the University of California, Davis.
Puerto Rico privatized its electricity production on Wednesday, selecting Genera PR to take over the operation and maintenance of state power generation units in the U.S. territory as part of an initial $22.5 million annual contract.
The board that regulates Wisconsin’s natural resources entered a new phase Wednesday, meeting for the first time with a majority of members appointed by Democratic Gov. Tony Evers after months of stonewalling by a Republican who refused to step down.