IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: President Biden's new Executive Orders set federal government on path to net zero emissions by 2050; Florida's beloved and threatened manatees to get unprecedented help this winter; New England grid operator warns of heightened risk of rolling blackouts; PLUS: Don't look up! Hollywood's fictional doomsday stands in for an all-too-real threat... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
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IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): Climate Deniers Attacking "Woke" Climate Policies; Massive oil spill helped one billionaire avoid paying income tax for 14 years; Should humanity tinker with oceans to suck up more carbon? Dr. Mann: "No"; The world’s largest freshwater wind farm is now online; These chemicals that disrupt the reproductive development in children, and they are everywhere; Youngkin pledges to withdraw VA from regional carbon market; Embracing wetter future, Dutch turn to floating homes; Alaska's absent snowy owls... PLUS: Navigating the energy transition is going to be, um, challenging... and much, MUCH more! ...
STORIES DISCUSSED ON TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...
- President Biden's executive orders set government on path to net zero by 2050
- Biden wants to make federal government carbon neutral by 2050 (Washington Post):
The executive order President Biden signed leverages Washington’s buying power to cut the government’s carbon emissions 65 percent by the end of the decade. It lays out goals that would put the federal government on a path to net-zero emissions by 2050 and would add at least 10 gigawatts worth of clean electricity to the grid.
- Biden Rolls Out Plan For Govt To Reach Net-Zero Emissions By 2050 (Talking Points Memo)
- Biden order would make US government carbon neutral by 2050 (AP)
- Biden’s latest executive order calls for a zero-emissions federal fleet by 2027 (Electrek)
- Biden Orders Federal Vehicles and Buildings to Use Renewable Energy by 2050 (NY Times):
"The federal government in so many areas is one of, if not the largest, purchaser," Mr. Freed said, noting that the government spends about $5 billion annually buying concrete. Setting standards for more environmentally sustainable products as well as clean energy and zero-emissions vehicles, he said, would have a "huge influence" on the private sector.
- VIDEO: President Biden Remarks on Bipartisan Infrastructure Law in Missouri (C-SPAN)
- New England power grid operator warns of potential rolling blackouts:
- New England could see rolling power outages for the 1st time this winter (Bangor Daily News):
But this year, the world’s liquefied natural gas market is much tighter than it was last year, with Asia and Europe competing for supplies. Shortages of truck drivers are causing logistics logjams with oil. Maine and other New England states could come up short.
- ISO-New England: Power grid on edge this winter; rolling blackouts possible (Nashua Telegraph)
- VIDEO: Gas Exports Backfire on US Consumers, Generators (Climate Crocks)
- Florida's threatened manatees to get unprecedented help this winter:
- Manatees, Facing a Crisis, Will Get a Bit of Help: Extra Feeding (NY Times):
In a first, wildlife officials have decided to provide food for the mammals, which have suffered catastrophic losses in Florida waters over the last year.
- Test feeding plan in works for starving Florida manatees (AP)
- VIDEO: In rare move: FWC to hand-feed starving manatees in Indian River Lagoon (WPEC-TV West Palm Beach)
- Carmakers announce new U.S. electric vehicle battery factories:
- Toyota chooses North Carolina for $1.3B battery manufacturing plant (The Hill/Yahoo News)
- Toyota to bring 1,750-job battery plant to NC megasite (Biz Journal)
- EV startup Arrival to build high-voltage battery plant in North Carolina capable of 350k modules a year (Electrek)
- Private utilities announce push for EV fast-chargers along U.S. highways
- Power industry teams up on highway EV charging (Axios)
- 53 US utilities will build a nationwide fast-charging EV network by end of 2023 (Electrek):
EEI estimates that the US will need more than 100,000 EV fast-charging ports, a more than tenfold increase over today, to support the nearly 22 million EVs projected to be on US roads in 2030.
- Major U.S. utilities plan coast-to-coast, EV-charging network (E&E News):
Although the coalition did not set a numerical goal for charging station installations in this decade, it said its first actions would be to fill in gaps in the steadily growing EV charging infrastructure along the Interstate Highway System.
- Utilities pledge national electric vehicle charging network by 2023 (Wisconsin State Journal)
- 'Don't Look Up!' is a climate change comedy disguised as a fictional doomsday crisis:
- "Don't Look Up" skewers our response to climate change (Axios)
- VIDEO: Don't Look Up - Official Teaser Trailer (Netflix)
- VIDEO: Jonah Hill promotes climate legislation on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon (Youtube)
- 'Don’t Look Up' is an absurdist mirror of our reality — before it just becomes a regular mirror (The Verge)
- DiCaprio calls 'Don't Look Up' a 'unique gift' to climate change fight (Reuters)
'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (Stuff we didn't have time for in today's audio report)...
For a comprehensive roundup of daily environmental news you can trust, see the Society of Environmental Journalists' Daily Headlines page
- VIDEO: Climate Deniers Attacking "Woke" Climate Policies (Climate Crocks)
- Navigating the Energy Transition is Going to be, uhm, Challenging (Climate Crocks)
- A Massive Oil Spill Helped One Billionaire Avoid Paying Income Tax for 14 Years (Talking Points Memo)
- Dr. Michael Mann: My Comments on New National Academy Report on Ocean-Based Carbon Dioxide Removal (Dr. Michael Mann)
- Should humanity tinker with oceans to suck up more carbon? (AP)
- The world’s largest freshwater wind farm is now online (Electrek)
- As Climate 'Net-Zero' Plans Grow, So Do Concerns From Scientists (Phys.Org)
- These Chemicals Disrupt Sexual Development of Children; They’re Everywhere (The Intercept)
- Youngkin Pledges To Pull Virginia From Carbon Market By Executive Order (Virginia Mercury)
- Embracing a Wetter Future, the Dutch Turn to Floating Homes (Yale e360)
- The Millions of Tons of Carbon Emissions That Don’t Officially Exist (The New Yorker)
- Alaska’s Absent Snowy Owls (Hakai Magazine)
- A fraught and rocky energy transition pathway (Axios)
- CO2 tax at Europe's border: Revolution or protectionism? (Deutsche-Welle)
- Gambling ‘America’s Amazon’: Alabama’s largest utility plans to bury a heap of toxic coal waste in one of North America’s most biodiverse river systems (CNN)
- The Future of Landfills is Bright: How State and Local Governments Can Leverage Landfill Solar to Bring Clean Energy and Jobs to Communities across America (Rocky Mountain Institute)
- Desertification: How to stop the shifting sands (CNN)
- Norway rules out 2022 oil licences in unexplored areas (The Local Norway)
- Crude reality: One U.S. state consumes half the oil from the Amazon rainforest (CNBC)
- Police Hunt Suspects After 8 Wolves Poisoned in Oregon (Portland Oregonian)
- Off West Africa’s Coast, A Sea Of Oil Spills Goes Unreported (Mongabay)
- Bezos Commits Another $443 Million To Climate Justice And Conservation (The Verge)
- Democrats Eye Massive Shift in War on Wildfires: Prevention (LA Times)
- Increase in Lake Cyanobacteria Blooms Troubles Residents, Experts (New Hampshire Bulletin)
- Lack Of Water, Sewer Service Brings Health Risks To Some Alaska Villages (Arctic Today)
- SCOTUS Rejects Lobster Union Plea To Undo Whale Protections (E&E News)
- Green Upheaval: The New Geopolitics of Energy (Foreign Affairs)
- The World's First Solar-Powered Steel Mill Is Here (Earther)
- VIDEO: 2050: what happens if we ignore the climate crisis (Guardian UK)
- Guilt, grief and anxiety as young people fear for climate's future (Reuters)
- 99.9 percent Of Scientists Agree Climate Emergency Caused By Humans (Guardian UK)
- An Empire of Dying Wells: Old oil and gas sites are a climate menace. Meet the company that owns more of America's decaying wells than any other. (Bloomberg)
- Climate Fund Choices for Investors Are Multiplying (Bloomberg/Yahoo)
- How climate change could undo 50 years of public health gains (Grist)
- Climate Change Will Force a New American Migration (Pro Publica)
- Exxon's Snake Oil: 100 years of deception (Columbia Journalism Review)
- What Does '12 Years to Act on Climate Change' (Now 9 Years) Really Mean? (Inside Climate News)
- VIDEO: A Message From the Future With Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (The Intercept)
- What genuine, no-bullshit ambition on climate change would look like: How to hit the most stringent targets, with no loopholes. (David Roberts, Vox)
- A Global Shift To Sustainability Would Save Us $26 Trillion (Vox)
- Project Drawdown: 100 Solutions to Reverse Global Warming (Drawdown.org)
- An Optimist's Guide to Solving Climate Change and Saving the World (Vice)
- The great nutrient collapse: The atmosphere is literally changing the food we eat, for the worse. And almost nobody is paying attention. (Politico)
- The world's bleak climate situation, in 3 charts: We've got a long way to go and a short time to get there. (Vox)
- The Climate Risks We Face (NY Times):
To stabilize global temperature, net carbon dioxide emissions must be reduced to zero. The window of time is rapidly closing to reduce emissions and limit warming to no more than 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit or 2 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels, the goal set in the Paris climate accord. The further we push the climate system beyond historical conditions, the greater the risks of potentially unforeseen and even catastrophic changes to the climate - so every reduction in emissions helps.
- The Uninhabitable Earth: When will climate change make earth too hot for humans? (New York Magazine):
Famine, economic collapse, a sun that cooks us: What climate change could wreak - sooner than you think.
- A beginner's guide to the debate over 100% renewable energy (Vox):
Clean-energy enthusiasts frequently claim that we can go bigger, that it's possible for the whole world to run on renewables - we merely lack the "political will." So, is it true? Do we know how get to an all-renewables system? Not yet. Not really.