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U.S. to Set Electric-Vehicle Sales Goal of 50% by 2030

by Katy Stech Ferek and Ben Foldy
The Wall Street Journal

“Roughly half of all cars and light trucks sold in the U.S. by 2030 would be electric, hydrogen-fuel cell or plug-in hybrid vehicles under voluntary targets to be announced Thursday by the Biden administration and backed by auto makers contingent on government support.  General Motors Co. , Ford Motor Co. , and Chrysler maker Stellantis NV said their commitment hinges on federal funding for manufacturing and supply-chain research and development, purchase incentives and a national electric-vehicle charging network,” according to The Wall Street Journal.

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Biden administration moves to repeal Trump rule creating faster dishwashers

by Josh Siegel
Washington Examiner

“The Trump administration’s rule established a separate product class for dishwashers that clean and dry dishes within one hour, an action that excluded those appliances from current energy and water conservation standards. It had acted in response to a petition filed by the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a free market think tank,” according to the Washington Examiner.

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Solar magnate Melone challenges big wind

by Duggan Flanakin
CFACT

“The fine for killing a bald eagle can be as high as half a million dollars – plus felony jail time. But wind turbines kill thousands of eagles, and hundreds of thousands of other birds and bats, and get away with no penalty at all because regulators enable them to purchase ‘incidental take permits’ that excuse their avian violence,” according to CFACT.

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Net-Zero Agenda Clashes With Rapidly Rising Global Energy Demand

by Tsvetana Paraskova
Oil Price

“Global economic growth, urbanization, increased access to electricity, and basic clean cooking technology for billions of people in developing countries, as well as energy demand growth in developing nations to bridge the inequalities compared to readily available first-world access to energy, are all set to drive higher primary energy consumption by 2050,” according to Oil Price.

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Renewable Isn’t Always Green

by Dr. Brenda Shaffer
Real Clear Energy

“The Biden Administration and the European Union have launched unprecedented and far-reaching policies to promote the use of renewable energy and low carbon emitting energy. While commonly people use the terms renewable and green interchangeably, they are in fact not similar at all. The most prevalent forms of renewable energy, such as hydropower and biomass, have high environmental impact—they may be ‘clean’ but they are not ‘green,’” according to Real Clear Energy.

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China Softens Tone on Climate Ambition Amid Power Shortages

Bloomberg News

“The strict, top-down enforcement of China’s emission reduction goals is seen hampering the country’s efforts to stimulate slowing economic growth. The Communist Party’s Politburo urged a coordinated, orderly approach to reach carbon neutrality, according to a report published by the official Xinhua News Agency after a meeting chaired by President Xi Jinping,” according to Bloomberg News.

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1 in 5 electric vehicle owners in California switched back to gas because charging their cars is a hassle, research shows

by Dominick Reuter
Yahoo News

According to Yahoo News, “The main reason drivers said they made the switch was the inconvenience of charging.  The findings suggest new challenges facing the growth of the nascent electric vehicle market.”

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A Not So Grand Infrastructure Deal

by The Editorial Board
The Wall Street Journal

“Senate Republicans, or at least some of them, are taking a victory lap for striking a $1 trillion infrastructure deal with the White House. Hurrah! They can now retreat to the sidelines and let Chuck Schumer and Bernie Sanders negotiate a partisan multi-trillion dollar entitlement expansion that they have made easier to pass,” according to The Wall Street Journal.

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The climate measures in the bipartisan infrastructure deal

by Josh Siegel
Washington Examiner

“Democrats and climate activists hope Senate passage of the infrastructure measure — which could happen as soon as next week — will serve as a springboard to approve a second and larger spending package unilaterally through reconciliation.  Democratic climate hawk Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, speaking at an event hosted by C2ES, said the bipartisan infrastructure agreement ‘doesn’t accomplish much on climate, but opens the gateway’ to a reconciliation package that ‘does accomplish much on climate,’” according to the Washington Examiner.

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Electricity demand rebound will require more fossil fuel generation -IEA

Reuters

“Nearly half of the increase will have to be met by burning fossil fuels, notably coal, which could push carbon dioxide emissions from the sector to record highs in 2022, the agency said, adding it expects particularly strong demand in the Asia Pacific region, primarily China and India,” according to Reuters.

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Toyota is quietly pushing Congress to slow the shift to electric vehicles

by Andrew J. Hawkins
The Verge

“The US is slowing moving toward adopting policies that would put more electric vehicles on the road, but for Toyota, it’s not slow enough. The Japanese automaker, which is the largest car company in the world, has been quietly lobbying policymakers in Washington, DC to resist the urge to transition to an all-electric future — partly because Toyota is lagging behind the rest of industry in making that transition itself,” according to The Verge.

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Deb Haaland’s Oil and Gas Stall

by The Editorial Board
The Wall Street Journal

“The Biden Administration in January imposed a ‘pause’ on oil and gas leasing on public lands nationwide while the Interior Department performed an environmental review of the program. The review still isn’t done, and Interior still hasn’t announced leasing sales despite federal Judge Terry Doughty’s ruling that the pause violated the law,” according to The Wall Street Journal.

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Review: Clean Energy Exploitations: Finally the real story

by Dr. Jay Lehr
CFACT

“Many African, Asian, and South American children are being enslaved and often killed in mines and factories to extract and process the rare earth and exotic minerals needed for solar panels, wind turbines, and electric vehicles.  The same less-developed countries mining for these materials have few environmental regulations or adequate electricity while wealthy nations attempt to move to an all-electric society. The human atrocities and environmental degradation wrought on the local landscape is beyond comprehension. Stein and Royal collaborate to bring the public the full story in this outstanding 385 paperback volume. It is the most important publication in the climate change fraud arena to be written in recent years,” according to CFACT.

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