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Justice Dept. Tries to Shift Environmental Justice Efforts From Symbolic to Substantive

By Glenn Thrush and Lisa Friedman Photo: Audra Melton , The New York Times

The Biden administration’s choice of Lowndes as the site of its first big environmental justice inquiry was based on the magnitude of the county’s problems. But it also sent a message. The county was a voting rights battleground and a focal point of Martin Luther King Jr.’s march from Selma to Montgomery in 1965, making it a logical choice to open a new front on civil rights.

05/12/22
                                                               

EPA blocks bid to review basis for climate regs

By Kevin Bogardus Photo: Patrick Semansky , AP Photo

Last month, the agency denied petitions by conservative-leaning think tanks and attorneys to reconsider its endangerment finding on greenhouse gases, records show, marking the second time EPA has dismissed those claims.
The agency first denied them during the Trump administration’s final hours in office. Then, early on in the Biden administration, EPA withdrew that decision so it could be reviewed by its new team, which has now blocked the petitions too.

05/12/22
                                                               

How Congress is routing climate policy through the Army Corps of Engineers

By Jake Bittle Photo: Paul Flipse , Getty Images

Even as President Biden’s signature climate change bill languishes in the Senate, Congress is poised to spend billions of dollars on ambitious new projects that would help the U.S. adapt to climate change. A bill that would authorize the Army Corps of Engineers to build infrastructure to protect against climate impacts is quietly sailing through Congress, demonstrating bipartisan support for measures to protect against flooding and sea-level rise. Lawmakers may not be willing to pass laws that will dramatically cut carbon emissions, but they appear eager to fund projects that will mitigate the harms those emissions cause.

05/12/22
                                                               

Biden pulls 3 offshore oil lease sales, curbing new drilling this year

By Anna Phillips Photo: Eric Gay , AP

The Interior Department confirmed Wednesday that it will not hold three oil and gas lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico and off the coast of Alaska that had been scheduled to take place, taking millions of acres off the auction block.

05/12/22
                                                               

White House alarmed that Commerce probe is ‘smothering’ solar industry

By Evan Halper Photo: Oliver Contreras/For The Washington Post

Top climate officials in the Biden administration are warning that a federal investigation into alleged dodging of tariffs by Chinese suppliers has put the domestic solar industry in peril just as the United States is trying to ramp up clean-energy production.

05/07/22
                                                               

Energy Department announces oil buyback to replenish SPR

By Ben Lefebvre

The actual purchases would be for deliveries after fiscal year 2023, in “future years when prices are anticipated to be significantly lower than they are today, and will represent a first tranche of purchases to replenish the SPR and with more planned after these purchases are executed,” the department said in a statement.

05/05/22
                                                               

Leader of Treasury’s Climate Hub touts ‘agitating’ role

By Avery Ellfeldt Photo : Ben Hider , Getty Images

John Morton was tapped last year to lead Treasury's first-ever “Climate Hub” as part of the administration's whole-of-government approach to climate change. A year later, the former Obama official and sustainable investing veteran says his team is playing a “coordinating and agitating” role within the agency to accelerate the clean energy transition — while also safeguarding the U.S. financial system against climate-fueled threats.

05/05/22
                                                               

Solar Industry ‘Frozen’ as Biden Administration Investigates China

By David Gelles Photo: Kevin Frayer , Getty Images

Around the country, solar companies are delaying projects, scrambling for supplies, shutting down construction sites and warning that tens of billions of dollars — and tens of thousands of jobs — are at risk.

04/29/22
                                                               

Biden energy chief voices ‘deep concern’ about tariff impact on US solar goals

By Zack Budryk Photo: Greg Nash

Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm on Thursday said she shares “deep concern” about the impact of potential solar energy tariffs on U.S. renewable energy goals.

04/28/22
                                                               

Biden restores climate safeguards in key environmental law

By Dino Grandoni and Anna Phillips Photo: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News

A final rule announced Tuesday by the White House will require agencies to assess the climate impact of roads, pipelines and other infrastructure.

04/19/22