Berkeley Report Offers Glimmer of Hope for Those Pushing Rapid Vehicle Electrification
Per a new report from the University of California, Berkeley, bringing the United States to a point of electrifying all new car and truck sales by 2035 will require a heavy policy lift, but can be done. And, the authors say, that rapid electrification of the transportation sector would result in massive benefits for the climate, economy and public health in the next three decades: saving consumers $2.7 trillion, avoiding 150,000 premature deaths related to air pollution and reducing annual transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions dramatically by 2050. Read on for more.
In next week’s climate change summit, President Joe Biden intends to commit to cutting U.S. greenhouse gas emissions to at least half of 2005 levels by 2030 and to secure deals with allies for faster reductions on their parts, as well, according to two sources familiar with the matter. The United States is reportedly very close to finalizing deals with the governments of Japan, South Korea and Canada, though it is unclear if those agreements will be announced at the summit. (Reuters)
The Biden administration is discussing with Oklahoma tribes whether they should have more influence over environmental regulations on the large swath of the state that was recognized last year as reservation land in a Supreme Court decision, officials told a media outlet. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Regan has spoken with both Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt (R) — who heads a Republican government reportedly concerned about potentially losing control of a portion of the state’s tax base — and with leaders of several tribal nations who are pushing for greater oversight of their land, one official said. (Reuters)
Biden plans to tap Tracy Stone-Manning to serve as director of the Bureau of Land Management, according to a person familiar with the selection process. Stone-Manning is a senior adviser for conservation policy at the National Wildlife Federation and has previously worked in the offices of Montana lawmakers. (The Hill)
The Senate has confirmed Brenda Mallory to lead the White House Council on Environmental Quality in a 53-45 vote, making her the first Black head of the office that has already begun working to review Trump administration changes to environmental permitting and other decisions. Mallory has served as general counsel for the CEQ during the Obama era, and previously worked as a lawyer at the EPA, as well. (Bloomberg Law)
Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said Tuesday there is a potential pathway for a clean energy standard under Senate reconciliation — a tool that allows passage of some bills with a simple Senate majority — but cautioned no final decisions have been made.
In the weeks after President Biden’s inauguration, as the oil industry was facing a far less welcoming White House, a ConocoPhillips executive went pheasant hunting with the Democratic senator poised to wield tremendous power in an evenly divided Congress.
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Mere hours after he was sworn in, President Biden signed an executive order committing the United States to rejoin the international accord designed to prevent the most catastrophic effects of climate change — the Paris climate agreement. That was the easy part.
Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell on Wednesday defended the Fed’s increasing scrutiny of the threat that climate change could pose to the health of the nation’s banks, after some Republican members of Congress had complained that by doing so the Fed was overstepping its mandate.
The Biden administration’s move to reenter the Paris climate agreement this year has added momentum to existing efforts from U.S. cities to become more sustainable and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.
Environmentalists and Native American activists on Wednesday renewed their demands for more meaningful talks with Indigenous leaders and other communities on the front lines of fossil fuel development as the Biden administration reviews the nation’s oil and gas leasing program in response to climate change.
The chief executive officer of BP Plc had something exciting to tell investors in September 2019. The fifth-largest multinational oil producer in the West had just inked a deal to sell everything it owned in Alaska, marking a sudden exit from a region the company had prized since the birth of the state 60 years earlier.
Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s board has urged shareholders to reject a climate resolution filed by Dutch activist investor Follow This in favor of its own energy transition plan, which the company will put to a vote next month.
Thousands of abandoned oil wells dot the Permian Basin in west Texas and New Mexico, endangering humans and wildlife. With oil costs plummeting, they’re likely to proliferate. Who is going to cover the cleanup costs?
China had over 800,000 EV charging outlets available for public use installed at the end of 2020, up from 516,000 in 2019 and 300,000 in 2018. In December 2020 alone, China installed 112,000 public charging points — more than the entire U.S. public charging network.
When Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring” first sounded the alarm on DDT and its devastating effects on birds and fish, our understanding of how this pesticide affected humans was just beginning. Chemicals can take years to reveal their insidious power, and so for decades, scientists have been piecing together — study by study — the reasons why DDT still haunts us today.
China must shut down nearly 600 of its coal-fired power plants in the next 10 years, replacing them with renewable electricity generation, to meet its goal of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2060, a report has said.
The 2035 Report 2.0 shows that, with the right policy, it is technically and economically feasible for all new car and truck sales to be electric by 2035, saving lives, cutting transportation costs, and creating millions of jobs. This report models the total cost of ownership for gasoline and electric vehicles, finding that electric trucks are already cheaper to own than diesel versions on a total cost-per-mile basis, and finding that electric cars will be cheaper than gasoline equivalents within the next five years.