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NEWS UPDATE January 23, 2023

Top Story

Depleted Under Trump, a ‘Traumatized’ E.P.A. Struggles With Its Mission

By Lisa Friedman, New York Times  •    •  Posted January 23, 2023

The nation’s top environmental agency is still reeling from the exodus of more than 1,200 scientists and policy experts during the Trump administration. The chemicals chief said her staff can’t keep up with a mounting workload. The enforcement unit is prosecuting fewer polluters than at any time in the past two decades. And now this: the stressed-out, stretched-thin Environmental Protection Agency is scrambling to write about a half dozen highly complex rules and regulations that are central to President Biden’s climate goals. [ read more … ]

RFS

D.C. Circuit panel wrestles with legality of RFS compliance extension

By Inside EPA  •    •  Posted January 23, 2023

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit is wrestling with refiners’ push to revise EPA’s February 2022 extension of their renewable fuel standard (RFS) compliance deadlines, but they gave few signs during Jan. 19 oral arguments whether they will uphold the agency’s action or revise it as refiners are seeking. [ read more … ]

Inflation Reduction Act

Fine Print on Labor in US Climate Bill Complicates Rush for Tax Credits

By Ari Natter, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted January 23, 2023

The  historic US climate bill boosted tax credits for clean energy sources ranging from hydrogen to nuclear power, offering subsidies worth hundreds of billions of dollars. But there’s a catch buried in the law: Projects that don’t meet certain new wage and labor requirements only get a fraction of the credit.  In order to get the full value of a 30% investment tax credit for the construction of solar power, fuel cell and other clean energy projects, developers must pay workers at least a wage level set by the US Department of Labor and use a minimum share of labor from workers who are in registered apprenticeship programs.  [ read more … ]

SAF

Aviation industry in crosshairs for next biofuel push

By Valerie Yurk, Roll Call  •    •  Posted January 23, 2023

Congress and the Biden administration aim to boost the use of sustainable fuels for the emissions-heavy aviation industry, setting up a new front for the debate over biofuels. Sustainable aviation fuels, or SAF, made from a range of plants and other organic matter have proven successful as a replacement or additive for traditional, petroleum-based jet fuels. The Biden administration has thrown its support behind SAF, setting a goal for the U.S. to produce enough to meet 100 percent of jet fuel demand by 2050. The administration says such a conversion would reduce greenhouse gas emissions from aviation by 50 percent.  [ read more … ]

Congress

Rough road for farm bill as divided Congress takes hold

By Marc Heller, E&E News  •    •  Posted January 23, 2023

A chaotic start to the new Republican-led House may spell trouble for the 2023 farm bill. As Rep. Glenn Thompson begins his new job as Agriculture Committee chair, he faces significant challenges to make the five-year legislation bipartisan while managing pressure from his own party’s right flank. Issues such as climate change and low-income nutrition programs are likely targets for the party’s most conservative members, and the Pennsylvania Republican has little room to maneuver with a thin majority, say lobbyists and policy groups. [ read more … ]

These 6 GOP leaders will shift Congress on climate

By Vanessa Montalbano, Washington Post  •    •  Posted January 23, 2023

After advancing his climate agenda for the past two years with a slim congressional majority, President Biden now faces a Republican-controlled House of Representatives hostile to his policies and determined to slow the country’s shift away from fossil fuels. The following six GOP leaders will have an outsize influence on these decisions. [ read more … ]

EVs

Calif. zero-emission vehicle sales hit record high

BY: ANNE C. MULKERN, E&E News  •    •  Posted January 23, 2023

Sales of zero-emission vehicles hit a record high in California last year, making up nearly 19 percent of new car purchases, according to state data released on Friday. That is a significant jump from 2021, when the same California Energy Commission data shows that 12 percent of cars sold in the Golden State were zero-emission vehicles. Forty percent of ZEVs in the United States are now in California, state officials said. [ read more … ]

 

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