Laws & Regulations

"Manchin Won a Pledge From Democrats to Finish a Contested Pipeline"

"Senator Joe Manchin III of West Virginia has secured a promise from Democratic leaders and the White House to complete a highly contested 304-mile gas pipeline in his state, his office said, a major concession won as part of negotiations over a climate and tax bill."

Source: NYTimes, 08/02/2022

Fireproofing Your Home Isn't Very Expensive, But Few States Require It

"Increasingly destructive wildfires have consumed tens of thousands of homes over the past decade, but few states have codes that require houses be built with fire-resistant materials. Now, a new study shows that enhancing a new home's wildfire resistance adds minimal cost to an overall construction project."

Source: NPR, 08/01/2022

Concerns Over Transparency And Access At Deep-Sea Mining Negotiations

"Delegates of the International Seabed Authority are currently meeting in Kingston, Jamaica, to negotiate a set of rules that would pave the way for a controversial activity: mining the seabed for coveted minerals like manganese, nickel, copper, cobalt and zinc. But scientists and conservationists say there are considerable transparency issues at the meetings that are restricting access to key information and hampering interactions between member states and civil society."

Source: Mongabay, 07/29/2022

"Streaming Service Hulu Is Rejecting Ads About Climate Change"

"The popular streaming service Hulu has been refusing to run ads involving certain topics that the company deems too “controversial,” including abortion rights, gun control and climate change, according to a series of news reports."

Source: Inside Climate News, 07/28/2022

"Manchin, in Reversal, Agrees to Quick Action on Climate and Tax Plan"

"Senator Joe Manchin III of West Virginia, a key centrist Democrat, announced on Wednesday that he had agreed to include hundreds of billions of dollars for climate and energy programs and tax increases in a package to subsidize health care and lower the cost of prescription drugs, less than two weeks after abruptly upending hopes for such an agreement this summer."

Source: NYTimes, 07/28/2022

"MISO Approves Large Grid Expansion, Paving Way For Renewables"

"The Midwest grid operator approved 18 new high-voltage transmission lines yesterday, setting the stage for adding 53 gigawatts of renewable energy to the grid. The decision marks the most U.S. power lines ever approved at once and was hailed by climate advocates as a model for the nation."

Source: E&E News, 07/27/2022

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