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Advocates release new model policy toolkit for accelerating vehicle electrification

January 27, 2023 On January 26, the Sierra Club, Plug In America, the Electrification Coalition, and Forth released the latest version of AchiEVe: Model Policies to Accelerate Electric Vehicle Adoption, a national toolkit designed to accelerate the switch to clean, electric vehicles (EVs) in an effective and equitable way by providing various stakeholders with model EV policies at the state, local, and utility levels.  This is the fifth edition of the toolkit, originally released in 2017. In addition to the latest information on state and local EV policies, the toolkit has sections focused on the billions of dollars in funding from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) and the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA); tribal governments; micro-mobility; and state and […]

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Despite record $200 billion profit, Big Oil fights windfall taxes and fair gas price plan

January 24, 2023 SAN FRANCISCO – The world’s largest oil companies raked in roughly $200 billion in global profits in 2022 and will likely be flush with similar returns this year, even as they fight talk of a windfall profits tax and oppose a plan in California to end gas price gouging. One industry executive recently even had the gall to complain that the filthy rich sector is being “demonized” by California Gov. Gavin Newsom, who wants Big Oil to stop fleecing hardworking Americans at the pump. Fourth-quarter reports for BP, ExxonMobil, Chevron, Shell and Total Energies, which should all be made public by February, will show a combined profit of $199 billion, reported Refinitiv, a financial markets data firm, according […]

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Energy Information Agency: by 2024, one-fourth of U.S. electricity will come from renewables

January 20, 2023 WASHINGTON – Electricity generation in the U.S. will cross a critical threshold some time this year or next, according to new government projections: One-fourth of the supply will start coming from solar, wind and other renewable sources. In its latest Short-Term Energy Outlook, the Energy Information Agency, or EIA, expects power generation from renewables – mostly solar and […]

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NRC refuses PG&E request to resume review of Diablo Canyon nuclear plant extension

January 25, 2023 SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – On January 24, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s technical staff refused a request by Pacific Gas & Electric, or PG&E, to resume reviewing a 2009 license renewal application for the aging Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant in California. PG&E formally withdrew the application from NRC consideration in 2018. The NRC staff’s decision affirmed recent arguments […]

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New report shows stopping reworks within health protection zones will have a minimal impact on CA oil production, yet provide critical protections for frontline communities from oil air pollution

ASSESSMENT OF REWORK PERMITS ON OIL PRODUCTION FROM OPERATIONAL WELLS WITHIN THE 3,200-FOOT PUBLIC HEALTH PROTECTION ZONE January 25, 2023 Sacramento, Calif. – FracTracker Alliance has published a report analyzing the potential impact of eliminating oil well rework and workover operations within a 3,200-foot health protection zone on future oil production in the state of California. Oil and gas well rework and workover operations present a substantial risk to neighborhoods and nearby communities via the degradation of local and regional air quality. These operations release substantial volumes of carcinogens, air toxics and greenhouse gasses; and go unmonitored by the California Air Resources Board or local air districts.  Fourth-quarter reports for BP, ExxonMobil, Chevron, Shell and Total Energies, which should all […]

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NY’s Energy Affordability Guarantee – a pilot program to ensure participating New Yorkers never pay more than six percent of their incomes on electricity

January 10, 2023 Governor Kathy Hochul today announced investments in energy affordability, clean and efficient buildings, clean air, and clean water, as part of the 2023 State of the State. The proposal will create the Energy Affordability Guarantee to ensure participating New Yorkers never pay more than six percent of their incomes on electricity. Governor Hochul also announced $200 million […]

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The New York State Climate Action Council’s scoping plan to advance nation-leading climate law

Robust Public Input Provided Over the Past Three Years Informed Creation of Roadmap to Meet Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act Requirements January 19, 2023 At the end of December, New York State’s Climate Action Council (Council) Co-Chairs, Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos and New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) President and CEO Doreen […]

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80 environmental groups with elected officials support price gouging penalty on California refiners

Elected Officials to Protect America (EOPA) California held a press conference on December 5 supporting the windfall profits cap on oil companies just before the governor announced the legislative language for the bill. January 19, 2023 By Ramona du Houx Los Angeles, CA—80 environmental and public health advocacy groups and elected officials have sent a letter of support to Senator […]

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EPA seeks input on Inflation Reduction Act programs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with construction materials and products

January 19, 2023 WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the first opportunities for public input on new programs focused on lower carbon construction materials made possible by a $350 million investment from President Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act. The Agency will hold three public webinars and will accept written feedback on establishing new grant and technical assistance programs, […]

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Offshore wind electric transmission federal planning & support

DOE received $100M in funding through the Inflation Reduction Act for offshore wind and interregional transmission analyses and convenings, which will allow the agency to expand efforts to new regions in the future. December, 2022 The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), in partnership with the U.S. Department of the Interior’s (DOI) Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), is working to […]

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EPA announces appointments to local Government Advisory Committee

January 16, 2023 WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the appointment of 15 new and 7 returning members to the Local Government Advisory Committee (LGAC). The announcement came at a public meeting of the Committee, where members presented recommendations on implementation of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). “Our partnerships with local governments are critical to EPA’s efforts to tackle […]

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Big Oil is lying to Californians about Governor Newsom’s gas price gouging penalty

In December, 2022, Governor Gavin Newsom convened a special session of the Legislature to hold Big Oil accountable for fleecing Californians at the pump while making record profits. See the Governor’s proposed price gouging penalty here. The industry is already pushing the same lies they’ve used for decades to protect their profits. Get the facts below. MYTH: This is just another gas tax that […]

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Over 300 groups urge Biden Administration to stop fossil fuel business activities on public lands

January 11, 2023 WASHINGTON – Today, more than 300 community groups sent a letter to the Interior Department outlining nine concrete steps it has authority to take to bring public lands and waters management in line with climate science and the president’s own climate promises. The letter comes on the heels of a recent lease sale in Alaska’s Cook Inlet, the first held by the Interior Department since passage of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), which reinstated several oil and gas lease sales. The administration is currently weighing whether to approve more oil and gas projects, such as Willow and Peregrine in the Arctic. Additional lease sales both onshore and offshore are slated for later this year, including two in the Gulf of […]

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CA budget continues major, health, safety and education investments but cuts climate back

Watch Governor Newsom’s state budget presentation here  January 10, 2023 SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today introduced a 2023-24 state budget proposal that maintains the state’s unprecedented investments in Californians while fortifying the state’s strong fiscal foundation amid economic and revenue uncertainties ahead. Facing a projected a $22.5-billion budget deficit in the upcoming fiscal year, Gov. Newsom wants to reduce investments […]

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EPA proposes to strengthen Air Quality Standards to protect the public from harmful effects of soot

January 6, 2023 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposal to strengthen a key national ambient air quality standard (NAAQS) for fine particle pollution, also known as PM2.5, to better protect communities, including those most overburdened by pollution. Fine particles, sometimes called soot, can penetrate deep into the lungs and can result in serious health effects that include asthma attacks, […]

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day birthday celebration to feature Georgia State Representative Park Cannon

January 6, 2023 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day birthday celebration to feature Georgia State Representative Park Cannon Bloomington, Ind.– Mayor John Hamilton invites the community to the 2023 City of Bloomington Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration on Monday, January 16, at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater.   The celebration begins with a reception at 6 p.m followed by remarks beginning […]