District Court Judge Kathy Seeley ruled that Montana’s policy for evaluating fossil fuel permit requests is unconstitutional because it does not allow state agencies to evaluate greenhouse gas emissions. The state promises to appeal the decision
The world’s fifth-largest economy, California, will now require that half of all heavy vehicles (garbage trucks, tractor-trailers, cement mixers, etc.) sold in the state be all-electric by 2035, the same year all new passenger vehicles sold in the state are required to be electric. California was granted approval by the Biden administration on Mar. 31, 2023 to enact the plan, which required federal approval because it exceeds federal requirements.
The European Union finalized an agreement on Mar. 28, 2023 to phase out new gas-powered cars by 2035. All new cars will have to be zero emissions, with the exception of sales of e-fueled (fuels made from captured CO2 emissions) cars at Germany’s request.
The American state’s ban comes amid news that the island of Hainan in southern China has also initiated a ban of gas-powered cars with a goal of no new sales by 2030.
Part of the 2021 infrastructure bill, the carbon capture plan is part of $6.5 billion promised in the law for carbon management. The initiative will build four carbon capture hubs around the country, which are expected to pull a minimum of one million metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air yearly.
The report lists benefits between 2020 and 2050 including: $1.2 trillion in health benefits, 110,000 lives saved, over 2.7 million asthma attacks avoided (among those aged 6-18 years), and a savings of 13.4 million lost work days.
The solar panel has a thermoelectric generator that pulls electricity from the temperature difference between the solar cell and the air, allowing the panel to generate electricity at night.
The move is expected to save 2.1 million tons of carbon dioxide by 2040.
The automakers include Ford, General Motors, Jaguar Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz, and Volvo. Countries include Azerbaijan, Canada, India, and the United Kingdom. Regional governments include Buenos Aires, California (and several cities therein), Lagos, Northern Ireland, and Scotland.
The jet engine manufacturer (which separated from the company’s car-making operations in the 1970s) announced plans to build 16 small nuclear power plants to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Domestically, China is the biggest producer of greenhouse gas emissions, largest producer of coal, and biggest financier of coal-powered plants.
They stated, “[A] global transition to renewable energy would greatly assist in our nation’s fight against the world’s most corrupt and illicit regimes. If you could wave a magic wand, and transition the world away from fossil fuels, Americans would instantly be safer.”
On June 9, 2021, TC Energy Corporation announced the termination of the project.
The IEA says the step, among others, are needed to meet net-zero emissions goals by 2050.
Vineyard Wind 1, a $2.8 billion project, will have 62 wind turbines. Billions of dollars in savings and a reduction of 1.68 million metric tons of carbon dioxide are expected as the turbines power 400,000 Massachusetts homes per year.