POLITICS: Climate progressive and moderates are again divided over the best path forward, with the former pushing for 100% renewable energy and the latter — including the Biden administration — open to a role for fossil fuels with carbon capture. (Inside Climate News)

ALSO:
• President Biden’s proposed 2022 budget would cut tax benefits to the fossil fuel industry, raising a projected $35 billion over the next decade. (The Hill)
• The budget also includes more than $800 billion in spending and tax breaks for clean energy technology research and deployment, as well as $36 billion for policies and programs aimed at fighting climate change. (New York Times, CNBC)
• The results of Indiana’s busy legislative session for energy include new laws that ban local electric heat requirements and allow utilities to refinance retiring coal plant debt. (Energy News Network)

OFFSHORE WIND: The number and size of planned offshore wind projects in the Northeast may upend Canada’s longtime exports of hydropower to the U.S. (S&P Global Market Intelligence)

GRID:
• Texas lawmakers pass legislation to require some power generators to winterize against extreme cold, but critics say concessions to the oil and gas lobby still leave the grid vulnerable. (Associated Press, NPR)
• Nevada’s legislature on Monday passed a sweeping energy bill that boosts electric vehicle charging stations and energy storage and encourages planning for a regional transmission grid. (Las Vegas Review Journal)

NATURAL GAS:
• Texas regulators signal they’ll take a closer look at restricting natural gas flaring as a way to reduce methane emissions. (Inside Climate News)
• The boost to heat pumps in President Biden’s infrastructure bill comes as several U.S. cities move to end the use of natural gas in home heating and cooking. (Wall Street Journal, subscription)

PIPELINES:
• Colonial Pipeline and the TSA discussed holding a voluntary cybersecurity review three times over the past year, but the company wants to put it off until after it moves headquarters in November. (Washington Post)
• Anti-pipeline activists continue to put pressure on the Line 3 pipeline replacement in Minnesota as construction is expected to ramp up this month. (WCCO, Associated Press)

UTILITIES: A political group funded entirely by Duke Energy reemerges after nearly 15 months to promote a controversial multi-year ratemaking scheme the utility was denied two years ago. (Energy News Network)

CLIMATE: A study deems climate change responsible for more than a third of heat-related deaths in 43 countries between 1991 and 2018. (New York Times)

OVERSIGHT: A bipartisan infrastructure bill working through the Senate would exempt certain infrastructure projects from the environmental review process. (Grist)

EFFICIENCY: Indoor, commercial-scale marijuana cultivation sucks up a lot of energy, but the size of its carbon footprint depends largely on grow facilities’ locations, according to a recent study. (High Country News)

COMMENTARY:
Shell and ExxonMobil’s losses to climate activists last week reveal “change is coming, whether the industry likes it or not,” an editorial board writes. (Washington Post)
President Biden’s focus on environmental justice is admirable but it needs to include long-term strategies and commitments that go beyond financial investment, a climate justice expert writes. (Canary Media)