POLITICS:
• Renewable energy developers and manufacturers ask Congress to quickly advance climate provisions in the Build Back Better bill, saying “each month of delay means an estimated $2 billion in lost economic activity.”(Bloomberg)
• Republican lawmakers representing oil- and biofuel-rich states — interests that typically don’t align — fight President Biden’s push to electrify the federal vehicle fleet. (Bloomberg)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Which new electric vehicles will have the biggest impact on emissions in 2022? Experts make their predictions. (E&E News)
• Tesla’s California factory is now the most productive auto plant in North America, producing an average of 8,550 cars each week. (Bloomberg)
• General Motors and LG will partner to build their third electric vehicle battery plant in the U.S. (Reuters)

CLIMATE:
• The world needs to annually invest up to $9.2 trillion in infrastructure and systems through 2050 if it wants to preserve a livable climate, a consulting firm estimates. (Bloomberg)
• U.S. climate envoy John Kerry says the world is “not on a good track” to reduce emissions and stave off climate change’s worst effects. (Reuters)
• Oral arguments between the city of Baltimore and numerous fossil fuel interests begin today in the climate litigation case that may establish if localities can seek financial damages from climate-related issues. (E&E News)

STORAGE:
• A Massachusetts startup claims it can transform dead lithium-ion batteries into new versions that last longer, charge faster and pollute less. (WBUR)
• A developer makes the case for pumped-storage hydropower as an effective and less complex way to store clean energy. (Canary Media)

SOLAR: A Virginia workforce program offers free solar training to ensure Black residents and other marginalized communities aren’t left behind as renewable energy booms. (Energy News Network)

CARBON CAPTURE: Congress has committed billions of dollars to carbon capture technology in recent years with few working projects to show for it. (CBS News)

MINING: A Nevada battle pitting advocates of an endangered wildflower against a proposed lithium mine highlights the environmental tradeoffs inherent to the energy transition. (Fast Company)

NUCLEAR: A tiny Wyoming town shifts from planning for a coal industry bust, to preparing to accommodate 2,000 new workers needed to build a planned Bill Gates-backed nuclear reactor. (WyoFile)

BIOGAS: The U.S. EPA will investigate whether North Carolina’s 2019 decision to allow four hog farms to generate biogas from waste lagoons violated the civil rights of largely Black and Latino neighborhoods nearby. (Inside Climate News)

COMMENTARY: An energy lawyer and a clean energy advocate break down the U.S.’s progress on grid resilience since last year’s winter storm in the South. (Utility Dive)

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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.