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NEWS UPDATE January 31, 2024

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California Climate Laws Challenged

By Todd Neeley, Progressive Farmer  •    •  Posted January 31, 2024

Agriculture and business groups in a lawsuit filed Tuesday say two California state laws mandating climate disclosures violate the Constitutional right to free speech and will lead to increased costs to businesses including farmers and ranchers. California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom on Oct. 7, 2023, signed into law state senate bills 253 and 261, which compels thousands of businesses across the country and the world doing business in California to publicly state their opinions regarding the risks associated with climate change, to post those opinions on their websites and to disclose businesses’ greenhouse gas emissions. [ read more … ]

States

California climate disclosure laws face possible delay

By Anne C. Mulkern, E&E News  •    •  Posted January 31, 2024

California made history last year when it became the first state to pass new rules that force companies to divulge more information about their contributions to climate change and their risks from global warming. The twin climate disclosure measures were hailed as a leap forward for corporate accountability, but now — as California moves to implement the new rules — several roadblocks are coming into view. And the biggest might be Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom. [ read more … ]

New Jersey senators introduce a bill to create a low carbon fuel standard

By OPIS  •    •  Posted January 31, 2024

Two New Jersey state senators have introduced a bill that would make the state the first on the East Coast to implement a low-carbon fuel standard program similar to those in effect in California, Oregon and Washington. Sens. John McKeon and Bob Smith, both Democrats, on Monday introduced SB 2425, which would create an LCFS program that would be administered by the state’s Department of Environmental Protection. [ read more … ]

California bill would block local governments from banning new gas stations

By ALEX NIEVES, E&E News  •    •  Posted January 31, 2024

A new bill in the California Legislature would block local governments from banning the construction of new gas stations until California produces a study on the status of gasoline and alternative fuel infrastructure. S.B. 983, introduced late Monday night by state Sen. Aisha Wahab, a Democrat from the Bay Area, would direct the California Energy Commission to establish an “Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Taskforce,” which would be tasked with conducting a study on retail gas stations and non-fossil fuel infrastructure like electric vehicle chargers and hydrogen fueling stations. [ read more … ]

Climate

‘Smoking gun proof’: fossil fuel industry knew of climate danger as early as 1954, documents show

By Oliver Milman, The Guardian  •    •  Posted January 31, 2024

The fossil fuel industry funded some of the world’s most foundational climate science as early as 1954, newly unearthed documents have shown, including the early research of Charles Keeling, famous for the so-called “Keeling curve” that has charted the upward march of the Earth’s carbon dioxide levels. A coalition of oil and car manufacturing interests provided $13,814 (about $158,000 in today’s money) in December 1954 to fund Keeling’s earliest work in measuring CO2 levels across the western US, the documents reveal. [ read more … ]

Biden Administrtaion

A Trump Win Won’t Sink IRA’s Climate Benefits, California Regulator Predicts

By Mark Chediak, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted January 31, 2024

California’s top environmental regulator said it’s unlikely that the Inflation Reduction Act’s climate-focused tax credits will be undone, even if Donald Trump recaptures the White House in November.
“I think the odds of the IRA being repealed are pretty small,” said California Air Resources Board (CARB) Chair Liane Randolph on Tuesday at the BloombergNEF Summit in San Francisco. “Some of the basic federal support we’ve done for climate action will continue, and I think that’s very important.” [ read more … ]

EVs

Truck Makers Team Up to Push for Electric Vehicle Chargers

By Jack Ewing, New York Times  •    •  Posted January 31, 2024

There are more than four million electric vehicles on American roads, but fewer than 1,000 of them are heavy-duty trucks. On Tuesday, the three largest truck makers announced a push to remedy that deficit by calling on governments and utilities to help them build many more places to charge big rigs. Daimler Truck, which owns Freightliner; Navistar, which is controlled by Volkswagen; and Volvo Group North America have formed an association to push for chargers, improvements to the electricity grid and other measures they say are needed to promote battery- or hydrogen-powered trucks. [ read more … ]

GM’s ‘all-in’ electric future now includes gasoline

By David Ferris, E&E News  •    •  Posted January 31, 2024

General Motors introduced the plug-in hybrid car to America. Then the automaker killed it and foreswore ever making it again. And now, somehow, it’s back. The vacillations were on display Tuesday as GM, America’s largest automaker, said it would reintroduce a gasoline-electric car with a plug — a combination it effectively abandoned three years ago when it promised to go “all in” on electric vehicles and turn away from gasoline altogether. [ read more … ]

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