National

·       Manchin Details Concerns About Climate Law Implementation (E&E News)

Outlined in written comments, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) criticized the Treasury Department’s implementation of the Inflation Reduction Act (P.L. 117-169; IRA) and argued that the Department is “either misreading or purposefully undermining” the law’s tax credits for electric vehicles.

·       Bipartisan Bill Would Lay Groundwork for U.S. Carbon Tariffs (E&E News)

A bipartisan group of senators have “signed on to legislation that would calculate the emissions intensity of the industrial materials produced in the United States.” This action is likely to mo ve the United States toward a carbon border adjustment mechanism (CBAM) to tariff imports with signifi cant, related carbon emissions.

·       Dems Seize on Wildfires to Pound GOP’s Climate Opposition (Politico)

As a Canadian wildfire enveloped the East Coast with smoke, Democrats highlighted Republican opposition to climate rules for power plants and actions to prevent regulations on indoor air pollution. Further, Democrats argued that “those actions fly in the face of a wealth of science, including research backed by the U.S. government, showing that the planet’s warming is worsening wildfires and other disasters around the globe.”

·       U.S. Solar Power Installations Soar in Q1 on Easing Panel Import Gridlock (Reuters)

A report from Wood Mackenzie and the Solar Energy Industries Association found that “U.S. solar energy installations soared in the first quarter […] as easing panel supplies alleviated industry gridlock and allowed many stalled big projects to be completed and connected to the grid.”

State & Local

·       Virginia Regulators Advance Youngkin Plan to Leave Climate Initiative He Calls Ineffective

(Associated Press)

In a 4-3 vote, Virginia’s Air Pollution Control Board advanced Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s (R-VA) plan to withdraw the Commonwealth’s “participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative [(RGGI)], which environmental advocates say is a proven tool to help reduce pollution and address climate change.”

 

·       PA Coal Plants Keep Closing. Does the State Need Carbon Trading? (E&E News)

In the wake of coal-fired power plant closures in Pennsylvania, the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy at the University of Pennsylvania produced a report concluding that the Commonwealth join RGGI to “get those revenues instead of these plants continuing to close and communities not getting the support they may require to have this transition.”

·       Tensions, Gas Prices Rise as Washington State Auctions Carbon (E&E News)

While Washington state’s carbon cap-and-trade scheme “is raising hundreds of millions of dollars for climate action,” stakeholders in industries exposed to international trade have expressed concern that the law is “making them pay a surcharge to cover the costs of the climate law.” Moreover, Indigenous leaders were denied a requested exemption for their gas stations as the higher prices “were squeezing tribes with few resources.”

·       Arizona, Low on Water, Weighs Taking It from the Sea in Mexico (New York Times)

Following the announcement that the Phoenix-region does not have enough groundwater to support approved housing projects, Arizona lawmakers are considering building a desalination plant in Mexico to pipe water across the State. While Gov. Katie Hobbs (D-AZ) has not endorsed the project, the Director of the Water Infrastructure Finance Authority of Arizona characterized the endeavor as a “highly likely outcome for Arizona.”

International

·       Britain Puts Coal Plant on Standby as Warm Temperatures Ramp Up Demand (Reuters)

With rising temperatures, Britain’s National Grid called on “Uniper to ready a unit at its Ratcliffe coal- fired power plant in case extra electricity is needed.” This comes despite the country’s goal of closing coal-fired power plants by October 2024 to achieve its 2050 net-zero target.

·       Arctic May Have Summers with No Sea Ice Sooner than Projected, Study Finds (Washington Post)

A recent study determined that “a summer in which the Arctic Oceans features almost entirely open water could be coming sooner than expected and has the possibility to become a regular event within most of our lifetimes.”

·       Forecasters Warn of Unpredictability, Weather ‘Chaos’ as El Niño Develops (Washington Post) The anticipated El Niño is already “scrambling precipitation patterns and boosting temperatures” and scientists are bracing for the weather phenomenon amid the greatest ocean temperatures in modern history.

·       Rich U.S. Subsidies May Hobble Canada’s Clean-Fuel Efforts (Reuters)

Despite Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s efforts, Canadian biofuel producers “are threatening to build their next projects in the United States to cash in on rich subsidies for clean fuel and stay competitive.” These projects are anticipated to cost Canada $7.6 billion in lost investments.