"Bipartisan Roads Bill Set for Vote as Groups Lament ‘Status Quo’"

"A bipartisan bill to fund highways, roads, and bridges set to be considered on Wednesday perpetuates the U.S. transportation system’s entrenched safety, sustainability, and inequality problems, advocacy groups say. The $303.5 billion highway bill that the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee is scheduled to mark up would boost funding by 34% compared with the last long-term surface transportation law."

Source: Bloomberg Environment, 05/26/2021

"Biden Advancing New Cyber Rules for Pipelines After Hack Attack"

"The Biden administration is moving forward with mandatory cybersecurity requirements for pipelines, according to a person briefed on the plans, following the ransomware attack earlier this month that paralyzed the biggest fuel pipeline in the nation."

Source: Bloomberg, 05/26/2021

"White House, GOP Infrastructure Talks Hit Crucial Stage"

"Negotiations between the White House and Senate Republicans over President Joe Biden’s $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan are hitting a crucial stage ahead of talks Friday after the latest GOP offer left some dismay in the administration that there wasn’t more movement off the Republicans’ initial $568 billion proposal."

Source: AP, 05/21/2021

"'Free-For-All' Used Car Export Threatens Climate Goals"

"Replacing gasoline cars with electric vehicles is a pillar of President Biden's strategy for tackling climate change. But even if the administration sets a deadline to sunset sales of gas-powered passenger vehicles, the export of used cars abroad could stall the global reductions needed to stave off catastrophic warming."

Source: E&E News, 05/20/2021

"Biden Makes Electric Pitch At Ford Plant: 'There's No Turning Back'"

"Visiting the Ford Motor Co. Rouge Electric Vehicle Center Tuesday, President Joe Biden presented an American auto industry at a crossroads, forced to choose between two options: Spend around $174 billion and speed ahead to dominate the burgeoning electric vehicle market, or cede the race to China."

Source: Detroit News, 05/19/2021

"U.S. Waives Environmental Rule To Ease Fuel Shortages In 12 States"

"U.S. environmental regulators issued emergency fuel waivers on Tuesday to help alleviate shortages in reformulated gasoline in 12 states and the District of Columbia as supplies tighten five days after a cyberattack shuttered the nation's biggest pipeline.

The Environmental Protection Agency initially said the fuel vapor rule waiver would continue through May 18 for fuel sold in Washington, D.C., Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia, and that it may take other steps along with the Department of Energy (DOE).

Source: Reuters, 05/12/2021


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