Energy & Fuel

March 16, 2023

Press Briefing: How To Cover the Inflation Reduction Act's Roll-Out

Covering the IRA's roll-out is an opportunity for newsrooms to examine how well these promises are met in practice. Join Covering Climate Now and three leading experts for a one-hour discussion about the bill's roll-out. Noon ET.

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"UAE's Jaber Urges Big Oil To Join Fight Against Climate Change"

"A top oil executive from the United Arab Emirates on Monday urged the energy industry to join the fight against climate change, borrowing a famous line from a U.S. astronaut aboard a damaged spacecraft during the Apollo 13 mission in 1970."

Source: Reuters, 03/07/2023

"Colorado Lawmakers Seek Suspension Of Utah Oil Train Project"

"U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet and U.S. Rep. Joe Neguse of Colorado on Monday wrote a letter to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack urging him to formally suspend federal authorization of a Utah rail project that will send up to five, two-mile-long oil trains a day along the Colorado River, under the Continental Divide at Winter Park, and through downtown Denver."

Source: Colorado Newsline, 03/07/2023

"Billion-Dollar Power Lines Finally Inching Ahead to Help US Grids"

"The biggest impediment to the US achieving a cleaner power grid isn't climate deniers or fossil-fuel lobbies; it’s a lack of transmission lines. The country badly needs more conduits to cart wind and solar energy and hydropower to cities." "Suddenly several big power-line projects in the US are moving ahead, bringing with them a flood of potential wind and solar power."

 

Source: Bloomberg Green, 03/07/2023

Green Groups Sue Biden Administration Over Gulf Offshore Oil Lease Sale

"A coalition of environmental organizations on Monday announced a lawsuit against the Bureau of Ocean Management (BOEM), arguing the bureau’s sales of leases in the Gulf of Mexico were unlawful. In the lawsuit, plaintiffs argued BOEM’s plans to lease more than 70 million acres of Gulf waters for fossil fuel development are based on a “deeply flawed” environmental review."

Source: The Hill, 03/07/2023

From Swine Waste, Student Journalist Extracts Prize-Winning Story

Industrial hog farmers tout swine biogas as a clean, green energy source, but others point to its messy side. A young journalist who investigated the underreported stench of environmental racism associated with this technology learned valuable lessons along the way to producing a feature story that won her a Society of Environmental Journalists’ award for outstanding student reporting.

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Will Thousands of Orphan Wells Be Safely Plugged?

Abandoned oil and gas wells are found in significant numbers in some 27 states. Reporters who want to track their status can dig into several databases, but will need to support their data crunching with lots of shoe-leather and ground-truth reporting. Reporter’s Toolbox has insights into what the databases offer. Plus, a primer on API numbers.

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