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NEWS UPDATE August 10, 2021

Top Story

Senate Passes $1 Trillion Infrastructure Bill, Handing Biden a Bipartisan Win

By Emily Cochrane, New York Times  •    •  Posted August 10, 2021

The Senate gave overwhelming bipartisan approval to a $1 trillion infrastructure bill on Tuesday to rebuild the nation’s deteriorating roads and bridges and fund new climate resilience and broadband initiatives, delivering a key component of President Biden’s agenda. The legislation would be the largest infusion of federal investment into infrastructure projects in more than a decade, touching nearly every facet of the American economy and fortifying the nation’s response to the warming of the planet. [ read more … ]

Aviation Fuel

Plants into planes: ORNL team thinks ethanol is future of commercial jet travel

By Ben Cathey, CBS Affiliate WVLT  •    •  Posted August 10, 2021

“You know, we’ve been doing that for a long time. East Tennessee’s famous for its production of alcohol,” Dr. Jerry Tuskan laughed as he told us about an old version of fuel, made new again.
Oak Ridge National Laboratory scientists are going even higher octane. From corn to jet fuel. They say they have a solution to combat our warming climate. That could also mean more jobs. “We’re talking about a billion gallons of aviation biofuel needed there,” Dr. Tuskan said. [ read more … ]

Biofuels, ag groups weigh in on sustainable aviation fuel

By Jacqui Fatka, Farm Progress  •    •  Posted August 10, 2021

As the Senate and House of Representatives consider new legislation to establish a tax credit for sustainable aviation fuel – or SAF – this year, biofuel and ag industry groups sent a letter to the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance and the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means outlining its recommendations for the SAF tax credit. In an effort to decarbonize transportation and reduce aviation emissions, Congress is considering new legislation to establish a tax credit to promote and develop robust domestic SAF production. To be successful, the ag and biofuels coalition notes in their letter, the tax credit must be based on accurate carbon accounting in life cycle analysis led by the U.S. Department of Energy. [ read more … ]

Climate

What It Means When Climate Scientists Say They’re Certain

By Akshat Rathi, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted August 10, 2021

Scientists just made history by declaring, definitively and in unison, that climate change is caused by people. “It is unequivocal that human influence has warmed the atmosphere, ocean, and land,” they wrote in the first comprehensive report from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in nearly a decade. And yet the reaction from many people was: Wait, didn’t we already know that?
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IPCC goes region by region to preview climate destruction

By Sara Schonhardt, E&E News  •    •  Posted August 10, 2021

North and Central America. Most of the region has seen greater warming than the global mean, with warming and extreme heat expected to continue rising. Sea levels will also rise in most places outside Alaska and the Hudson Bay, where coastlines are high above the water. Tropical cyclones and severe storms will likely become more extreme. Central and western North America, already witnessing more deadly wildfires, will see more blazes and drought as well as more extreme precipitation and flooding. The Caribbean and much of Central America will see continued droughts, too, but scientists anticipate a decline in rainfall. [ read more … ]

EVs

28 U.S. House Democrats want $85 billion in EV charging infrastructure funding

By David Shepardson, Reuters  •    •  Posted August 10, 2021

A group of 28 U.S. House Democrats on Monday asked congressional leaders to back $85 billion in funding for electric vehicle charging infrastructure, a big jump over funding proposed in a bill before Congress. The current $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill under consideration has $7.5 billion in EV charging infrastructure funding, but Democrats plan to add additional funding in a separate measure that could spend up to $3.5 trillion. [ read more … ]

Electric Cars for Everyone? Not Unless They Get Cheaper.

By Ivan Penn and Niraj Chokshi. Photographs and Video by Roger Kisby, New York Times  •    •  Posted August 10, 2021

Robert Teglia bought a Tesla Model 3 sedan even though he knew it cost more than many luxury cars. He didn’t particularly care that it might be better than the others for the environment. Mr. Teglia, a commercial real estate appraiser in San Diego, tallied the costs of a gasoline vehicle and a Tesla, and he realized that even after paying more to buy a battery-powered car, he would end up saving money on gas and maintenance. [ read more … ]

Note: News clips provided do not necessarily reflect the views of coalition or its member governors.