In the news today…
- WBEZ reports clean energy advocates say $10 billion in Midwest transmission projects recently approved by grid operator MISO will boost renewable energy development in Illinois.
- E&E Greenwire reports the climate deal struck yesterday by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Sen. Joe Manchin would significantly expand consumer tax credits for electric vehicles by offering a $7,500 tax credit to people buying an EV made with a certain percentage of minerals mined or processed in nations with U.S. free trade agreements, or recycled in North America.
- E&E Energywire reports that the Senate’s sweeping climate and energy bill would reshape how cars are made in the electric age, offering automakers nearly irresistible inducements to build the supply chains in America — or more to the point, not in China.
- Axios reported that the climate and energy provisions in the Senate’s revenue and spending deal cover everything from incentives to buy electric vehicles to spurring the development of next-generation climate technologies, such as direct air capture.
- Politico Pro reports Alaska Republican Sen. Dan Sullivan on Thursday vowed to delay two of President Joe Biden’s Pentagon nominees over frustrations regarding the administration’s decision to cancel an Alaskan mineral mining project.
- The Hill carries an op-ed by Michelle Foss arguing that U.S. policymakers and industry must take action now to forestall disruptive and damaging interruptions in commodities markets and put “materials first.”
- E&E Greenwire reports conservation groups filed lawsuits against state environmental agencies in Colorado and Montana this week targeting coal mines in the two states.
- The New York Times reports that West Virginia will punish banks that don’t support coal. This move is part of a growing effort by Republican officials to shut out companies that are backing away from fossil fuels.