Most Voters Consider Highways, Roads, Transportation ‘Infrastructure’: According to new reporting from my colleague Claire Williams, nearly 3 in 5 voters continue to back President Joe Biden’s proposed infrastructure plan. And when given a host of items and asked whether they would consider them “infrastructure,” most voters seemed to buy into the expanded notion of “infrastructure” that has come with the plan, even as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has panned it as “Orwellian.” Highways, roads and streets (85 percent) and methods of transportation (77 percent) were most widely considered to be infrastructure, while child care and paid leave were least likely to be regarded as such, at 53 percent and 47 percent, respectively.
Texas confronted another power scare last night as a consequence of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas’ taking down a number of the state’s generators for repairs just as an anticipated cold front stalled, upping electricity demand. ERCOT had to appeal for energy conservation for nearly four hours yesterday, an effort that averted disaster without necessitating emergency measures. (The Texas Tribune)
President Joe Biden has tapped Tommy Beaudreau as deputy secretary of the Interior Department after deciding not to proceed with potential nominee Elizabeth Klein amid concerns from centrist senators, according to sources familiar with internal decisionmaking. Beaudreau is an energy lawyer and former director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. (E&E News)
The Biden administration’s plan to shore up the security of the power grid is set to provide electricity companies with incentives to install new cybersecurity monitoring equipment, ask them to identify critical sites and expand an Energy Department program to identify potential vulnerabilities, according to a draft version confirmed by two people. A final version of the plan, which will involve an initial 100-day sprint but also lay out a yearslong transformation of grid security, could be released as soon as this week, according to a person familiar with the timing. (Bloomberg)
Chevron Corp. has signed a deal with Norway’s Moreld Ocean Wind to develop offshore wind energy technology by jointly investing in the floating turbine technology of the Oakland-based Ocergy Inc. This makes Chevron the first major U.S. oil company to invest in offshore wind, according to a senior analyst at energy research firm Wood Mackenzie, and a step that many of its European competitors have already taken. (Forbes)
U.S. climate envoy John Kerry will travel to China this week to discuss international efforts to tackle global warming, seeking to press his counterparts to make ambitious emissions reduction targets despite tension in the U.S.-China relationship.
Reps. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.) and Fred Upton (R-Mich.) have reintroduced legislation targeting so-called forever chemicals that previously passed the House, expressing optimism that the Democratic Senate is more likely to pass the measure.
If the United States sets a target to slash its greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030, as it is under pressure to do, its goal would be among the most ambitious commitments under the Paris climate agreement – and comparable to the EU’s, according to a new analysis.
Twice a day for the past half a century, a weather balloon to measure atmospheric conditions was released from a research station situated on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Faced with advancing seas that are set to devour it, the outpost has now been abandoned.
President Joe Biden’s $1.52 trillion budget request for Fiscal Year 2022 includes a policy making standalone energy storage projects eligible for the federal investment tax credit (ITC), a move that advocates say will unleash new capital for renewable energy. The budget request also included new spending on storage as part of the administration’s goal to decarbonize the energy sector by 2035.
A year after the pandemic and a price war sparked one of the weakest months in history for oil prices, the global energy market is well on its way to recovery, the International Energy Agency said Wednesday.
It doesn’t take long before a typical conversation with a U.S. energy executive turns to subsidies—those enjoyed by others. The fossil-fuel industry often brings up green energy’s explicit tax incentives, while the latter will point to the longevity of special tax preferences for oil and gas.
A far-reaching proposal to outlaw hydraulic fracturing and ban oil and gas wells from operating near homes, schools and healthcare facilities failed in the California Legislature on Tuesday, a major setback for progressive leaders who hail the state as the nation’s bellwether on environmental protection.
Nearly 400 state and local elected officials from across the country signed a letter calling for an outright ban on new federal permits for fracking and fossil fuel infrastructure after the Biden administration imposed a temporary moratorium on such permitting on federal lands.
The Biden administration is drawing public criticism from environmental groups after the Justice Department last week declined to temporarily shut down the Dakota Access Pipeline as the project undergoes regulatory reviews.
Pete Buttigieg has become the de facto hype man for Joe Biden’s newly released $2 trillion infrastructure plan. A great deal of the proposed spending — for road and bridge repairs, rail service expansions, public transit investments, electric vehicle charging stations — falls into the former South Bend mayor’s new domain now that he’s secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Bitcoin mining is consuming 66 times more electricity than it did back in late 2015, and the carbon emissions associated with it will likely face increasing scrutiny, according to a Citigroup Inc. report.
Superfund sites are scattered across America: they’re places like landfills and manufacturing plants so contaminated with hazardous waste that the federal government has designated them a national priority to clean up. And according to a new, large-scale study, living near one can shave months – and in some cases, more than a year – off how long you live.
Four states are weighing plans to stall the retirement of coal-fired power plants, a sign of growing resistance in conservative, energy-producing regions against national efforts to decarbonize the grid and a reaction to the Texas blackouts, analysts say.
Ryan H. Wiser et al., Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Sharply reducing carbon emissions is imperative to prevent the worst effects of climate change. Yet even in the power sector—often viewed as the lynchpin to economy-wide decarbonization, and where low-carbon solutions are increasingly plentiful and cost-effective—the pace and scale of the required transformation can be daunting. A review of historical trends, however, shows the progress the power sector has already made in reducing emissions.