RUSSIA: The Biden administration officially bans imports of Russian fossil fuels, leaving some stakeholders convinced the U.S. should speed up its own production, while others see it as a chance for clean energy adoption. (Inside Climate News, E&E News)

ALSO:
• The House still moves forward with its own Russian energy import ban after President Biden’s announcement. (E&E News)
• Experts warn that increasing domestic oil production won’t immediately bring down fuel prices after President Biden’s import ban. (Washington Post)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Environmental advocates say the White House’s proposed emissions standards for heavy-duty trucks fail to push the industry toward electric vehicles, while engine manufacturers say moving too quickly toward electrification could keep highly polluting vehicles on the road longer. (E&E News)
• Stellantis — the parent company of Jeep, Dodge and Chrysler — forms two joint partnerships with Korean battery suppliers to build capacity for North American electric vehicle production. (Supply Chain Dive)

CARBON CAPTURE: Carbon capture technology has received unprecedented funding from the federal government, though climate experts remain divided over whether it’s a valuable tool or a distraction in the effort to reduce emissions. (Inside Climate News)

PUBLIC LANDS: In a congressional hearing, tribal leaders push to co-manage public lands with federal agencies. (E&E News)  

FINANCE:
• Congress’ proposed 2022 spending bill falls short of Democrats’ clean energy funding goals, though climate issues and environmental equity still have a place in the package. (E&E News)
• Jigar Shah, head of the Energy Department’s Loan Programs Office, discusses staffing up the office and avoiding politics as he looks to boost clean energy financing. (Washington Post)

POLLUTION: Interior Secretary Deb Haaland visits abandoned mine and oil well sites in Ohio, which is eligible for more than $50 million in federal cleanup funding that officials say promotes justice and jobs. (Energy News Network)

GRID: Accounting for the capacity value of clean energy resources would lower both costs and greenhouse gas emissions if accounted for in grid operator PJM’s markets, according to a new study. (Utility Dive)

SOLAR: Florida residents have until 2028 to install rooftop solar panels before rate subsidies disappear under legislation passed by state lawmakers this week. (Tampa Bay Times, E&E News)

EMISSIONS: A North Carolina power plant that burns wood and poultry waste seeks to modify its state permit to increase emissions despite its repeated air regulation violations in a predominantly minority community. (NC Policy Watch)

COMMENTARY:
• A climate reporter explains why the U.S. has never achieved energy independence, and argues pursuing it hasn’t helped the country fight climate change. (Atlantic)
• The Ukraine situation underscores the danger of America’s reliance on fossil fuels, an editorial board argues, calling on federal leaders to respond with a transition to clean energy. (Los Angeles Times)

Kathryn Krawczyk

Kathryn brings her extensive editorial background to the Energy News Network team, where she oversees the early-morning production of ENN’s five email digest newsletters as well as distribution of ENN’s original journalism with other media outlets. From documenting chronic illness’ effect on college students to following the inner workings of Congress, Kathryn has built a broad experience in her more than five years working at major publications including The Week Magazine. Kathryn holds a Bachelor of Science in magazine journalism and information management and technology from Syracuse University.