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Interior Dept. Report on Drilling Is Mostly Silent on Climate Change

By Coral Davenport and Lisa Friedman Photo: Steve Nesius , Reuters
The Interior Department on Friday recommended that the federal government raise the fees that oil and gas companies pay to drill on public lands — the first increase in those rent and royalty rates since…
11/26/21
                                                               

White House creates new energy division to help craft climate change policies

By Maxine Joselow Photo: Demetrius Freeman/The Washington Post
The announcement, scheduled for Wednesday, illustrates that the White House is racing to fulfill President Biden’s ambitious commitments to combat climate change, particularly as Republicans ramp up their attacks on the administration over high gas…
11/24/21
                                                               

Jigar Shah has a new strategy to boost climatetech through DOE loans

By Jeff St. John Photo: Miljøstiftelsen
Jigar Shah has spent his private-sector career working to bring once-unfinanceable long-shot clean technologies to multibillion-dollar commercial scale, from utility-scale solar at SunEdison to community solar, electric buses and other ​“sustainable infrastructure” projects at Generate…
11/15/21
                                                               

Biden, other G-20 world leaders formally endorse groundbreaking global corporate minimum tax

By Jeff Stein Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images
The new global minimum tax of 15 percent aims to reverse the decades-long decline in tax rates on corporations across the world.
10/30/21
                                                               
DOE

DOE Awards $20 Million to Help States Deploy Carbon Capture and Storage

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced $20 million in funding to four projects working to accelerate the regional deployment of carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS). The projects, representing all four corners of…
10/15/21
                                                               

CEQ chief touts climate goals, laments ‘ping-ponging policy’

By Pamela King Photo: Francis Chung/E&E News
The president’s top environmental adviser said today that she is laser-focused on addressing planet-warming emissions while preserving some stability for regulated industries. Brenda Mallory, chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, told an…
10/13/21
                                                               

DOE commits $20M to create clean hydrogen from nuclear power with Palo Verde project

By Scott Van Voorhis
The U.S. Department of Energy on Friday unveiled plans to spend $20 million on research into the production of clean hydrogen from nuclear power. The money will help pay for a demonstration project by PNW…
10/12/21
                                                               
EPA

EPA Releases Draft Strategic Plan to Address Climate Change and Advance Environmental Justice and Equity

Today, the Environmental Protection Agency announced that its Draft Fiscal Year (FY) 2022-2026 EPA Strategic Plan has been published in the Federal Register and is available for public comment through November 12, 2021. The Strategic…
10/01/21
                                                               

The International Energy Agency Aims for Net-Zero by 2024

By Sami Grover Photo: PBNJ Productions / Getty Images
Whether it’s promoting building efficiency or pushing for renewables, the International Energy Agency (IEA) has been talking about decarbonization for quite some time. Now the agency is putting what it preaches into practice, announcing a…
09/30/21
                                                               

USDA pledges billions for climate-smart farm projects, resilience

By Marc Heller
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said today he’ll use billions of dollars from a Depression-era agency to pay for a carbon-saving program for farms, and to help farmers prepare for drought and adverse weather associated with…
09/29/21