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November 4, 2021

Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm says higher gasoline prices may push more car buyers toward electric vehicles (EVs), bolstering Biden administration climate goals of ensuring half of new cars sold by 2030 are EVs as well as related goals of lowering EV battery costs.

The United States is joining 20 other countries at the ongoing Glasgow climate summit in pledging to halt public financing for “unabated” coal power projects by the end of 2022, though the Biden administration, as well as Chinese officials, declined to join a separate group of nearly two dozen countries promising to phase out domestic use of coal power.

A former Trump administration climate policy official says congressional Republicans could support a carbon border adjustment (CBA) to protect domestic firms from overseas competitors that face weaker emissions requirements if it is well designed, underscoring a push for Congress and Biden administration officials to consider such a policy.

November 3, 2021

EPA is downplaying the notion that its proposed oil and gas methane rules will have a major effect on energy prices, even as major industry groups are signaling they will soon voice specific objections to the agency’s “sweeping” proposal.

Biden administration officials, environmentalists and others at the ongoing Glasgow climate summit are raising pressure on some major economies to commit to offering tougher near-term greenhouse gas targets potentially before an official “stock take” of collective progress toward achieving the Paris Agreement’s goals slated for 2023.

The Biden administration is creating a new federal inter-agency group to bolster efforts by state and local governments to cut greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to climate change, part of the administration’s broader push to emphasize non-federal action as central to reaching climate targets.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D), who leads a major oil-producing state, is stressing the benefits of transitioning to a clean energy economy through renewables and technologies such as carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) and green hydrogen even in a state as historically reliant on the fossil fuel industry as his.

California officials are using the climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, to tout the state’s climate change policies and regulations as models for other states and countries, while emphasizing the importance of environmental justice during the transition to a clean energy economy.

November 2, 2021

President Joe Biden, who has sought to re-establish U.S. credibility on climate, is blasting the decisions by Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin to skip the ongoing international climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, arguing those are mistakes that will cost them credibility on the world stage.

EPA says its first-time methane limits on existing facilities in the oil and gas sector -- which represent the bulk of the emissions from the industry -- when coupled with tighter standards for new operations could reduce overall covered emissions by roughly 75 percent, providing a major boost to Biden administration efforts to cut the potent greenhouse gas.

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey (R), who led the successful state effort to win Supreme Court review of EPA’s Clean Air Act authority to regulate power plant climate rules, is welcoming the justices’ decision, saying he hopes they use the case to curb the agency’s power.

The Senate energy committee approved with bipartisan support five Biden administration nominees central to its climate agenda, including Willie Phillips to be a member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Brad Crabtree to be the Energy Department’s (DOE) carbon management chief, and Geraldine Richmond to be DOE undersecretary for science.

Top Department of Defense (DOD) officials say they will operationalize climate-related risks detailed in a recently released report into their National Defense Strategy (NDS) and other upcoming strategic documents and programs, as they reiterate the harm climate change could cause to U.S. national security.

The formal launch of an international target to cut methane emissions by 30 percent over the next decade is providing additional motivation for the Biden administration to implement its new multi-agency plan to slash emissions of the potent greenhouse gas.

EPA is announcing long-awaited proposed rules to strengthen methane limits for new and existing oil and gas equipment, with Biden administration officials unveiling the measures as part of a broader, multi-agency methane “action plan” during the ongoing international climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland.

November 1, 2021

Top Biden administration officials are signaling they plan to continue crafting strict EPA power plant rules even as the Supreme Court agrees to hear a case that could curb the agency’s authority to broadly limit greenhouse gas emissions from the sector by barring it from regulating “beyond the fenceline” of a particular plant to force generation shifting.

The Biden administration’s just-released “long-term strategy” to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 concludes that doing so will require a heavy lift in multiple economic sectors, even though emissions reductions in the electricity sector are particularly critical.

Renewable fuel groups are seizing on the United Nations climate summit beginning in Scotland this week to renew their push for the Biden administration to expand its support for increased biofuels use to quickly reduce greenhouse gases, though the sector faces long odds as the administration does not appear likely to back their efforts.

Environmentalists are praising the United States’ and European Union’s recently announced plan for factoring in the carbon content of aluminum and steel in a trade agreement, saying it could be the basis for global carbon border adjustments that are crucial to decarbonizing energy-intensive industries and achieving net-zero emissions by 2050.

Expectations were already relatively low for the climate summit that just opened in Glasgow, Scotland, though ongoing uncertainty about whether congressional Democrats can seal the deal on major climate legislation, coupled with underwhelming new commitments from China and other large emitters, is casting a further shadow on the talks.

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