Politics

DOE Awards $74 Million for Battery Recycling and Reuse Projects

DOE Awards $74 Million for Battery Recycling and Reuse Projects

The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded nearly $74 million, available through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, to 10 projects focused on recycling and reusing batteries, particularly EV batteries. According to the Department of Energy, over 1.2 million electric cars have been sold since President Joe Biden took office, and demand for battery minerals, […]

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    Biden Announces Increased Crackdown on Methane Leaks at COP27

    Biden Announces Increased Crackdown on Methane Leaks at COP27

    President Biden, speaking at COP27 Friday, will announce additional efforts to crack down on methane pollution from the oil and gas industry. The new rule, supplementing leak detection and monitoring requirements unveiled at COP26, covers wells emitting less than 3 tons of methane per year and requires drillers to address third-party leak reports. Multiple studies have […]

    What the Midterm Results Mean for U.S. Climate Action

    What the Midterm Results Mean for U.S. Climate Action

    When it comes to control of the House and the Senate, the outcome of the 2022 U.S. midterm elections is still unclear. Yet the election sent many positive signals about the importance of climate action for U.S. voters.  A historic environmental bond passed in New York, Senators and House members won races campaigning on their […]

    France to Require Solar Panels for Large Car Parks

    France to Require Solar Panels for Large Car Parks

    A new law approved by the Senate in France will require car parks that can accommodate 80 or more vehicles to have solar panels. The legislation is part of President Emmanuel Macron’s focus on accelerating the transition to renewable energy in the country. According to the law, car parks with 80 to 400 spaces for […]

    New York Voters Approve Historic Environmental Bond Act

    New York Voters Approve Historic Environmental Bond Act

    New York state voters have approved the Empire State’s first environmental bond act in nearly 30 years.  The measure — on the ballot as Proposition #1, the “Clean Water, Clean Air, and Green Jobs Environmental Bond Act of 2022” — will see the state sell $4.2 billion in bonds to fund a response to the […]

    New Gas Infrastructure Is Catastrophic for Climate, Scientists Warn

    New Gas Infrastructure Is Catastrophic for Climate, Scientists Warn

    Global policies and action put the planet on track for temperatures to rise 2.4°C above pre-industrial levels, with the scramble to build new gas infrastructure in the wake of Russia’s war and atrocities in Ukraine exacerbating the crisis, a newly-updated report from Climate Action Tracker warns. “If this were only about replacing the Russian gas, we […]

    California Votes Against Tax on Wealthy to Fund EV Incentives

    California Votes Against Tax on Wealthy to Fund EV Incentives

    Proposition 30 in California has been voted against in the midterm elections. The measure would have enacted a 1.75% tax on those making over $2 million, with the funding going toward climate programs, including subsidization for zero-emissions vehicles and funds for wildfire prevention. The measure was not supported by re-elected Democrat Governor Gavin Newsom, who […]

    Sinking Nation Tuvalu Calls for Treaty Ending Fossil Fuel Use at COP27

    Sinking Nation Tuvalu Calls for Treaty Ending Fossil Fuel Use at COP27

    In the late 1960s, when the nations of the world were concerned about the spread of a potentially civilization-ending technology, they came together and signed the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. Now, in the face of a civilization-threatening climate crisis, a vulnerable island nation wants to do the same thing for the fossil […]