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China’s Electric Vehicles Are Going to Hit Detroit Like a Wrecking Ball

Source: By Robinson Meyer, New York Times • Posted: Tuesday, February 27th, 2024

It happened very quickly — so fast that you might not have noticed it. Over the past few months, America’s Big Three automakers — Ford, General Motors and Stellantis, the oddly named company that owns Dodge, Chrysler and Jeep — landed in big trouble. The biggest threat to the Big Three comes from a new crop of Chinese automakers, especially BYD, which specialize in producing plug-in hybrid and fully electric vehicles. BYD’s growth is astounding: It sold three million electrified vehicles last year, more than any other company, and it now has enough production capacity in China to manufacture four million cars a year. But that isn’t enough: It’s building new factories in Brazil, Thailand, Hungary and Uzbekistan, which will produce even more cars, and it may soon add Indonesia and Mexico to that list. A deluge of electric vehicles is coming.

Colorado falls short of emissions target in updated climate plan

Source: By Adam Aton, E&E News • Posted: Tuesday, February 27th, 2024

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis released an updated climate plan Monday that acknowledges the state could miss its 2030 goal to halve planet-warming emissions. The second-term Democratic governor, who has clashed with progressives over how heavily to regulate polluting businesses, said almost all the policies from his 2021 climate road map are already underway. Polis said the new plan for his remaining three years in office — nicknamed Roadmap 2.0 — is “ambitious but achievable.”

Biden’s Green Factory Push Is Benefiting Republican States

Source: By Jennifer Hiller and Andrew Mollica, Wall Street Journal • Posted: Tuesday, February 27th, 2024

Democratic lawmakers passed two key climate laws a little more than two years ago, with virtually no Republican votes. Since then, companies have announced $170 billion in new or expanded factories and mining projects in the U.S. that would add around 200,000 new industrial jobs, according to data from Atlas Public Policy and Utah State University. The new industrial jobs would be for making products such as batteries, electric vehicles, solar components, electrical grid supplies and equipment, or wind turbines, as well as critical minerals mining, processing or recycling. Industry experts say Republican-leaning states are luring companies with policies such as easier controls over land development and lower costs for labor, taxes or electricity.

Ernst calls EPA ruling on E15 a double-edged sword

Source: By Brent Barnett, Brownfield • Posted: Tuesday, February 27th, 2024

“The problem is they’ve delayed it until 2025, which means now we are yet once again pushing for an emergency waiver to allow E15 (this summer.)” Ernst says if the Biden administration doesn’t grant an emergency waiver for sales this summer it will negatively impact retailers. “They want to know that the product is there to sell, provide those consumers choice at the pump and if it’s not there, they have invested heavily and won’t see returns on it until next year.”

Conservatives gear up for EPA revamp in 2025

Source: By Kevin Bogardus, E&E News • Posted: Tuesday, February 27th, 2024

Dramatic shifts to EPA’s priorities and structure are central to plans for a GOP-led White House drawn up by Trump-era officials and right-leaning influencers. Project 2025, organized by the conservative-leaning Heritage Foundation, lays out detailed proposals agency by agency for a Republican president if President Joe Biden loses his reelection bid. EPA would see a return to Trump administration policies that elevated deregulation and downsized the agency, which led to tumult among staff and questions over its future.

A closer look at carbon intensity scoring

Source: By Carah Hart, Brownfield • Posted: Tuesday, February 27th, 2024

Alverson says carbon intensity scoring is complex and the goal is to have a low score. He says the average carbon intensity score for corn production in the Midwest is 27 or 28 grams per mega jewel of ethanol energy produced. And he says most of that number is based on emissions released from the soil after nitrogen fertilizer is applied. Credits are given to the score if farmers participate in nutrient stewardship.

Vilsack due back on the Hill to discuss spending, farm bill

Source: By Marc Heller, E&E News • Posted: Monday, February 26th, 2024

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is set to return to Capitol Hill this week as lawmakers show little sign of progress on a five-year farm bill. Vilsack’s scheduled appearance at the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee is his second congressional hearing in the past two weeks, coming as the Biden administration defends climate-related spending at the Department of Agriculture and Congress struggles with the farm legislation and annual appropriations.

House hearing probes EV fires, danger to first responders

Source: By Rebekah Alvey, E&E News • Posted: Monday, February 26th, 2024

A House Science, Space and Technology subcommittee will investigate the dangers posed to first responders by electric vehicle fires, as the number of electric models on U.S. roadways increases. The Investigations and Oversight panel, led by Rep. Jay Obernolte (R-Calif.), will explore the differences between fires involving EVs and traditional gasoline-powered vehicles. Additionally, the hearing will focus on current methods to extinguish fires and how to improve those.

Biden Has Just a Few Months to Lock In His Climate Legacy

Source: By Jennifer A Dlouhy, Bloomberg • Posted: Monday, February 26th, 2024

Across the nation’s capital, federal regulators are in an all-out sprint, racing to finalize Biden administration climate initiatives touching everything from the cars Americans drive to the appliances they use. The finish line is approaching fast: Anything that’s not completed by late spring could be easier for Congress to repeal or for Republican foes to undo if President Joe Biden loses reelection in November. Even federal funding earmarked for climate and clean energy programs under the Inflation Reduction Act could be clawed back by Congress or go unspent if the money isn’t doled out this year.

Californians already pay sky-high pump prices. It might get much worse.

Source: By Anne C. Mulkern, E&E News • Posted: Monday, February 26th, 2024

California gasoline pump prices could jump by as much as 47 cents per gallon next year under a proposed overhaul of a state regulation on fuels. The potential price hike would make California gasoline — already among the most expensive in the nation — even costlier, likely putting a greater burden on low-income motorists and testing residents’ appetites for more climate action.