In the news today…
- WFAE reports that the shootings at two North Carolina electrical substations prompt federal regulators to order a nationwide review of security standards around the electricity transmission network.
- Casper Star Tribune reports the Biden administration chose not to appeal a judge’s August suspension of most federal coal leasing.
- E&E News PM reports EPA Administrator Michael Regan has scrapped a Trump-era permitting policy whose development ensnared a top appointee in allegations of ethical overstepping.
- Washington Examiner reports Biden said he wants Congress to pass Sen. Joe Manchin’s permitting bill to help bring down inflation, public enemy no. 1 during his tenure.
- E&E Daily reports Sen. Joe Manchin’s attempt to overhaul environmental rules for energy projects failed in the Senate on Thursday, ending a months-long effort from the West Virginia Democrat.
- Axios reports global consumption of coal is rising slightly to a fresh all-time record this year, per new International Energy Agency data.