CLIMATE: President Biden is among world leaders who will outline climate pledges today at COP26, though he brings a weak hand to the table after the failure of his party’s clean electricity program. (New York Times)

ALSO:
• Hoping to boost Biden’s credibility at COP26, congressional Democrats may try to advance their reconciliation bill, which still includes hundreds of billions of dollars for climate action, as soon as tomorrow. (E&E News)
• G20 leaders didn’t make much progress on climate in talks over the weekend beyond reaffirming their commitment to Paris Agreement goals and pledging to stop financing overseas coal plants. (E&E News, New York Times)
• The U.S. Supreme Court agrees to consider how much authority the EPA has to regulate power plant emissions in what will be the court’s biggest climate case since 2007. (E&E News)

FOSSIL FUELS:
• The Biden administration will consider oil and gas production’s greenhouse gas emissions before selling drilling rights on federal land. (E&E News)
The Trump administration’s relocation of Bureau of Land Management headquarters to Colorado and other moves severely depleted the agency of senior staffers, hobbling its ability to regulate oil and gas development, according to current and former employees. (Washington Post)
• A federal agency predicts that rising natural gas prices will lead U.S. coal-fired generation to grow 22% this year from 2020, marking its first increase since 2014. (State Journal)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Democrats’ reconciliation bill will make its $12,500 electric vehicle tax credit refundable, meaning those whose taxes aren’t that high can receive a refund for the remaining amount, and could be used to lower cars’ prices right at the dealership. (Grist)

GRID: U.S. energy regulators and power experts say Texas hasn’t done nearly enough to prevent a repeat of blackouts that occurred during February’s winter storm, largely singling out the failure to reform a natural gas industry that seized up, choked power plants of fuel and led to shortages. (Bloomberg)

EFFICIENCY: A new report says Massachusetts will need 35,000 additional workers to meet the state’s energy efficiency targets. (Energy News Network)

WIND: Federal review of the proposed Mayflower offshore wind project gets underway this week. (State House News Service)

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE: Participants in the U.S.’s first major environmental justice talks recall how the movement has progressed in the 30 years since and what major challenges still remain. (Grist)

COMMENTARY:
• Taking strong action at the COP26 conference is essential, and countries must continue to meet and ramp up their emissions reductions, an editorial board writes. (Washington Post)
U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin’s attacks on Democrats’ budget bill leave about $300 billion in clean energy tax incentives, which may be enough to convince world leaders the U.S. is serious about climate action at the COP26 conference, writes a journalist. (Intercept)