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2021-05-24 20:24:30
by TWN Staff
New App from Sandia National Lab Assesses Value of Energy Storage

A new Sandia National Laboratories’ software application, called Quest, can help utility companies and corporate project developers assess how much... Read More

A new Sandia National Laboratories’ software application, called Quest, can help utility companies and corporate project developers assess how much money adding an energy storage system will save. Energy storage systems capture energy from renewable sources, such as solar panels,... Read More

2021-05-24 15:37:20
by Tom Ramstack
Biden Orders Assessment Of Climate Change on Economy

WASHINGTON -- President Joe Biden signed an executive order Thursday directing the Treasury Department to prepare a report on the... Read More

WASHINGTON -- President Joe Biden signed an executive order Thursday directing the Treasury Department to prepare a report on the financial risks to the U.S. economy from climate change. The report is supposed to help the Biden administration target environmental... Read More

2021-05-24 14:02:25
by Dan McCue
Tensions Mount in Florida Over Massive Lake Okeechobee Algae Bloom

PALM BEACH, Fla. - It’s not a good time to be a state or federal official with oversight over South... Read More

PALM BEACH, Fla. - It’s not a good time to be a state or federal official with oversight over South Florida’s long abused plumbing system. In just the past several days, a coalition of environmental groups has called on Gov.... Read More

2021-05-20 20:27:56
by Reece Nations
Brownley, Schneider, Kildee Introduce Tax Credit Bill for Sustainable Aviation Fuel

WASHINGTON — Reps. Julia Brownley, D-Calif., Brad Schneider, D-Ill., and Dan Kildee, D-Mich., announced Thursday on a press call with... Read More

WASHINGTON — Reps. Julia Brownley, D-Calif., Brad Schneider, D-Ill., and Dan Kildee, D-Mich., announced Thursday on a press call with industry stakeholders the introduction of new legislation that would incentivize the airline industry to utilize sustainable aviation fuel.  The bill,... Read More

2021-05-17 17:05:56
by TWN Staff
DOE Invests $35 Million to Reduce Carbon Footprint of Biofuel Production

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Energy last week announced $35 million in funding that will help slash carbon emissions... Read More

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Energy last week announced $35 million in funding that will help slash carbon emissions and scale up the volume and efficiency of renewable biofuel. The 15 awarded research projects are housed at colleges, universities,... Read More

2021-05-17 15:32:16
by Kate Michael
Granholm Says Green Jobs a Matter of ‘Economic Patriotism’

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration’s push to tackle several crises at once has reenergized the push for green jobs or... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration’s push to tackle several crises at once has reenergized the push for green jobs or those jobs which contribute to preserving or restoring the environment, including those in traditional sectors, like manufacturing.  His American Jobs... Read More

2021-05-11 18:59:05
by Dan McCue
Biden Administration Approves Nation’s First Major Offshore Wind Farm

WASHINGTON - The Biden administration gave its final approval Tuesday to the construction and operation of the Vineyard Wind project... Read More

WASHINGTON - The Biden administration gave its final approval Tuesday to the construction and operation of the Vineyard Wind project -- the first large-scale, offshore wind project in the United States. The decision was announced by Interior Secretary Deb Haaland... Read More

2021-05-07 20:00:38
by TWN Staff
Biden Creates Climate Change Support Office

WASHINGTON - President Joe Biden signed an executive order Friday afternoon establishing a temporary  “Climate Change Support Office” within the... Read More

WASHINGTON - President Joe Biden signed an executive order Friday afternoon establishing a temporary  “Climate Change Support Office” within the Department of States. The order directs Secretary of State Antony Blinken to name a director of the office and to... Read More

2021-04-29 13:27:34
by Dan McCue
Senate Reinstates Obama-Era Controls on Climate-Warming Methane

WASHINGTON - The Senate voted Wednesday to reinstate an Obama-era regulation intended to reduce methane gas leaks from oil and... Read More

WASHINGTON - The Senate voted Wednesday to reinstate an Obama-era regulation intended to reduce methane gas leaks from oil and gas facilities. In September, former President Donald Trump rolled back the regulation, which required facility operators to regularly monitor their... Read More

2021-04-22 20:02:53
by Daniel Mollenkamp
Biden Aims For U.S. ‘Leadership’ On Climate, Announces Reduction in Emissions

At a virtual summit on climate change attended by 40 world leaders on Thursday, President Joseph Biden announced that the... Read More

At a virtual summit on climate change attended by 40 world leaders on Thursday, President Joseph Biden announced that the U.S. would reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by half over the next decade. Biden’s plan promises to lower greenhouse gas... Read More

Biden Opening Summit with Ambitious New US Climate Pledge

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will open a global climate summit with a pledge to cut at least in... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will open a global climate summit with a pledge to cut at least in half the climate-wrecking coal and petroleum fumes that the U.S. pumps out, a commitment he hopes will spur China and... Read More

2021-04-21 17:17:07
by TWN Staff
DOT Taps First Chief Science Officer in Over 40 Years

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Transportation Department is appointing a chief science officer for the first time in over four decades... Read More

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Transportation Department is appointing a chief science officer for the first time in over four decades as part of a comprehensive effort to fulfill the White House's commitment to addressing climate change. In a related move,... Read More

2021-04-21 14:37:03
by Kate Michael
Hydrogen as Fuel of the Future is a ‘Jump Ball’

WASHINGTON — When America Hernandez first took her job as an energy policy correspondent just over a year ago, hydrogen... Read More

WASHINGTON — When America Hernandez first took her job as an energy policy correspondent just over a year ago, hydrogen was considered a futuristic, but somewhat niche subject. “Boy did that change quickly!” she told participants at the Wilson Center’s... Read More

Biden to Pledge Halving Greenhouse Gases by 2030

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will pledge to cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions at least in half by 2030... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will pledge to cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions at least in half by 2030 as he convenes a virtual climate summit with 40 world leaders, according to three people with knowledge of the White... Read More

EU Reaches Major Climate Deal Ahead of Biden Climate Summit

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union reached a tentative climate deal that is intended to make the 27-nation bloc climate-neutral... Read More

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union reached a tentative climate deal that is intended to make the 27-nation bloc climate-neutral by 2050, with member states and parliament agreeing on new carbon emissions targets on the eve of a virtual summit... Read More

Biden's Virtual Climate Summit: Diplomacy Sans Human Touch

WASHINGTON (AP) — There will be no hands to shake or backs to slap, no way to look a foreign... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — There will be no hands to shake or backs to slap, no way to look a foreign leader in the eye. The small human moments that define statecraft will be reduced to images on a screen.  President... Read More

Biden Pressed on Emissions Goal as Climate Summit Nears

WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Joe Biden convenes a virtual climate summit on Thursday, he faces a vexing task: how... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Joe Biden convenes a virtual climate summit on Thursday, he faces a vexing task: how to put forward a nonbinding but symbolic goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that will have a tangible impact on... Read More

2021-04-14 20:12:29
by Alexa Hornbeck
Are Biden’s Plans for Electric Vehicles Worth the Money?

WASHINGTON - On Monday, Biden held an infrastructure meeting to work on a compromise between the Democrats and Republicans, but... Read More

WASHINGTON - On Monday, Biden held an infrastructure meeting to work on a compromise between the Democrats and Republicans, but representatives like David Price, D-N.C., told reporters that, “the main obstacle for a bipartisan deal is how to pay for... Read More

2021-04-07 14:15:25
by Daniel Mollenkamp
MENA and Latin America Rally Behind Climate Change Agenda

This week, countries in the Persian Gulf expressed commitment to the Paris Agreement and to green infrastructure investments, in a... Read More

This week, countries in the Persian Gulf expressed commitment to the Paris Agreement and to green infrastructure investments, in a joint statement from the United Arab Emirates Regional Climate meeting at which U.S. Special Envoy for Climate, John Kerry, was... Read More

2021-03-23 20:47:24
by Victoria Turner
How Climate Change is Impacting Investment

WASHINGTON - Emma Howard Boyd, chairwoman of the United Kingdom’s Environmental Agency, would like you to invest your pension in... Read More

WASHINGTON - Emma Howard Boyd, chairwoman of the United Kingdom’s Environmental Agency, would like you to invest your pension in environmentally-friendly financial funds, she urged today during a Peterson Institute for International Economics event entitled, “Economic Impact of Climate Change.”... Read More

2021-03-05 14:44:14
by Tom Ramstack
Islands Sinking Due to Climate Change Asking for Help

WASHINGTON -- Islands that fall under U.S. protection asked Congress for help Thursday from the climate change that is making... Read More

WASHINGTON -- Islands that fall under U.S. protection asked Congress for help Thursday from the climate change that is making their shores sink into the ocean and subjecting them to devastating hurricanes. With so little land compared with the U.S.... Read More

2021-02-24 15:45:46
by Reece Nations
Decline in Emissions and Transportation Sector Energy Demand in 2020

Although 2020 was an economically woeful year due to the coronavirus pandemic, a joint report by BloombergNEF and the Business... Read More

Although 2020 was an economically woeful year due to the coronavirus pandemic, a joint report by BloombergNEF and the Business Council for Sustainable Energy indicates renewable energy sources made record contributions to the country’s power grid.  The annual report, called... Read More

2021-02-05 17:48:16
by Sara Wilkerson
New Report Promotes ‘Quiet Climate’ Policies and Job Creation in Post COVID World

A new report from the Breakthrough Institute, an environmental research center based in California, outlines how Congress can effectively tackle... Read More

A new report from the Breakthrough Institute, an environmental research center based in California, outlines how Congress can effectively tackle climate change while creating millions of jobs in the process. The report aims to prioritize specific climate change policy goals... Read More

2021-02-04 22:28:50
by Kate Michael
Manchin Gets Candid About Energy and Climate in the 117th Congress

WASHINGTON — The Biden Administration’s priorities for clean energy, climate, and infrastructure will necessitate some ambitious legislation which may be... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Biden Administration’s priorities for clean energy, climate, and infrastructure will necessitate some ambitious legislation which may be problematic in the closely divided 117th Congress. One Democratic Senator will undoubtedly be the linchpin playing a decisive role in... Read More

2021-02-03 22:26:05
by Tom Ramstack
Senate Panel Considers Options For Confronting Climate Change

WASHINGTON -- A Senate committee reviewed U.S. progress toward reducing climate change Wednesday to determine whether the nation is ready... Read More

WASHINGTON -- A Senate committee reviewed U.S. progress toward reducing climate change Wednesday to determine whether the nation is ready for President Joe Biden’s executive orders on environmental policy. The witnesses and senators spent much of their time discussing emissions... Read More

A Gloomy Groundhog Day: Punxsutawney Phil Says More Winter

PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. (AP) — There will be six more weeks of winter, Punxsutawney Phil predicted as he emerged from his... Read More

PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. (AP) — There will be six more weeks of winter, Punxsutawney Phil predicted as he emerged from his burrow on a snowy Tuesday morning to perform his Groundhog Day duties. Members of Phil's “inner circle” woke up the... Read More

Kerry Aims to Talk US Back Into a Lead Role in Climate Fight

From a wood-paneled library in his Boston mansion, new climate envoy John Kerry is talking the U.S. back into a... Read More

From a wood-paneled library in his Boston mansion, new climate envoy John Kerry is talking the U.S. back into a leading role in global climate action, making clear the nation isn't just revving up its own efforts to reduce oil,... Read More

2021-01-25 17:26:48
by Kate Michael
U.S. Push For Electric Vehicles for Emergency, Economy, Environment

WASHINGTON — President Biden’s early agenda shows sustainability enjoying the highest priority it has ever received. Yet analysts wonder how... Read More

WASHINGTON — President Biden’s early agenda shows sustainability enjoying the highest priority it has ever received. Yet analysts wonder how this focus on the environment will affect America’s economy. Take, for example, the automobile industry. The manufacture and sale of... Read More

World Leaders Laud US Return to Climate Fight Under Biden

BERLIN (AP) — World leaders breathed an audible sigh of relief that the United States under President Joe Biden is... Read More

BERLIN (AP) — World leaders breathed an audible sigh of relief that the United States under President Joe Biden is rejoining the global effort to curb climate change, a cause that his predecessor had shunned. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson... Read More

2021-01-19 18:04:16
by Dan McCue
DC Circuit Vacates Trump Rollback of Obama-Era Greenhouse Gas Standards

WASHINGTON - The Trump administration "rested critically on a mistaken reading of the Clean Air Act" when it sought to... Read More

WASHINGTON - The Trump administration "rested critically on a mistaken reading of the Clean Air Act" when it sought to roll back Obama-era greenhouse gas emission standards for existing power plants, the D.C. Circuit ruled Tuesday. The ruling on President... Read More

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