POLITICS: Usually skeptical of carbon border fees, some Republicans and right-leaning groups start voicing support for taxing Russian emissions at its border to weaken its hold on Europe’s energy security. (Washington Post)

ALSO:
• The Biden administration imposes restrictions on energy technology exports that would support Russia’s refining capacity, and says a ban on Russian oil imports is still on the table. (E&E News)
• The U.S. nuclear power industry is reportedly lobbying the White House to let uranium imports from Russia continue. (Reuters)
• Two U.S. senators partner on a bipartisan bill to ban Russian oil imports, saying it’s worth a probable energy price hike. (Politico)
• Republican U.S. senators baselessly try to blame Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and rising fossil fuel prices on President Biden’s climate policies. (Politico)

CLIMATE:
• Fossil fuel interests donate heavily to Republican senators who will vote on Biden’s climate-focused nominee to oversee the Federal Reserve. (New Yorker)
• Sen. Joe Manchin outlines a climate spending package he would support, saying it should preserve fossil fuel production amid Russia’s invasion. (Politico)
• A new federal report finds nearly a third of the hazardous chemical facilities in the U.S. are at risk from climate-driven weather events. (NPR)

OIL & GAS:
• Energy security experts warn the U.S. needs to secure its gas pipelines against a potential Russian attack to protect the country’s electricity supply. (Politico)
• A news outlet explains how to divest a retirement fund of fossil fuel investments. (Canary Media)

TRANSPORTATION:
• The Biden administration is laying the groundwork to deploy thousands of electric vehicle chargers along key corridors and in “under-resourced” communities using $7.5 billion from last year’s federal infrastructure law. (Utility Dive)
• Tesla CEO Elon Musk invites United Auto Workers to hold a union vote at the company’s California factory. (Reuters)
• The former CEO of electric vehicle startup Lordstown Motors sold $13.5 million worth of shares in the company this week, a day before General Motors withdrew its investment in the company. (Reuters)
• Former Space-X engineers and boating enthusiasts are building an all-electric speedboat that’s comparable in weight to conventional watercraft. (Axios)
• Light-duty electric vehicle sales in the U.S. rose 85% from 2020 to 2021, while plug-in hybrid sales more than doubled, according to the Department of Energy. (Utility Dive)

SOLAR:
• The Florida state House passes a bill to allow utility companies to pay customers with rooftop solar a lower rate for their power, which critics say will strangle the growing but still fragile industry. (Florida Politics, Canary Media)
• First Solar, the U.S.’s biggest panel maker, says supply chain difficulties and rising costs will curb its earnings this year. (Bloomberg)

STORAGE: The operators of the world’s largest battery energy storage facility plan to double the California facility’s capacity by next year. (Monterey County Now)

PLASTICS: World leaders from 173 countries agree to develop a legally binding treaty to reform the plastics industry from production to disposal. (Guardian)

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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.