CLIMATE: The House Oversight Committee wants top oil executives to testify before Congress on their companies’ role in spreading misinformation on climate change. (New York Times)

ALSO:
• Climate legislation under consideration in Congress would dramatically reduce emissions, but experts say it’s difficult to project exactly how much. (E&E News)
• Sen. Joe Manchin’s reluctance to shift from fossil fuels imperils the plan that most Democratic senators see as the last best hope to make deep cuts in greenhouse gases. (Inside Climate News)
• A new study questions whether President Biden’s goal of decarbonizing the electricity sector by 2035 is feasible, projecting we’ll get 66% of the way there. (Reuters)
• As Kansas City ramps up a process for updating the city’s climate action plan, stakeholders say they hope the revision will be more inclusive, better funded, and hold leaders more accountable than the original. (Energy News Network)

EQUITY: Advocates say speakers at congressional hearings on climate and environmental justice issues are still overwhelmingly white and male, and are pushing to include a wider range of voices. (E&E News) 

CLEAN ENERGY:
• A proposed $150 billion clean electricity plan in Congress could exempt the Tennessee Valley Authority and other major utilities because they don’t deliver power directly to customers. (E&E News)
• White House economists say cutting emissions will also lower energy costs for consumers. (CNN)

SOLAR:
Louisiana rooftop solar systems largely survived Hurricane Ida, allowing homeowners to keep power on during the extensive blackouts that followed, while a smaller number with battery storage were able to share with their neighbors, too. (NOLA.com)
A community solar installation for low-income residents and homeless shelters comes online at a suburban Boston property known for its role in a decades-old toxic waste case. (Energy News Network)
Sacramento, California’s municipal utility votes to slash net metering rates for rooftop solar by 44% in spite of solar advocates’ protests. (Solar Power World)

WIND: Vineyard Wind submits two proposals to a Massachusetts offshore wind solicitation detailing a “Commonwealth Wind” project that would generate around either 800 MW or 1.2 GW of power. (North American Wind Power)

OIL & GAS:
Environmental groups sue the Biden administration over a regulation allowing oil and gas development to disturb polar bears and walruses. (E&E News, subscription)
• Minnesota officials fine Enbridge $3.32 million for environmental violations that damaged an aquifer and endangered wetlands during Line 3 construction. (Star Tribune)

MINING: Mining companies push back on a House proposal to set royalties on copper, lithium, and other materials mined from public lands. (Reuters) 

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
The EPA rates a luxury edition of the Lucid Air at 520 miles of range, surpassing Tesla’s Model S by more than 100 miles. (The Verge)
• Ford plans to invest $250 million and add 450 jobs to produce the electrified version of its F-150 truck. (Detroit News)
• General Motors announces an extended pause on Chevrolet Bolt production as the company resolves battery defects. (Electrek)
Less than three months after resuming the program, New Jersey again is pausing new electric vehicle incentive applications because its popularity is draining the budget too quickly. (NJ Spotlight)

COMMENTARY:
• A West Virginia newspaper editorial board applauds the announcement of $46 million in Appalachian Regional Commission grants to help coal communities transition to clean energy. (Exponent Telegram)
• A Wisconsin researcher and a lead author on a recent climate change assessment says climate-related infrastructure investments are needed quickly. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

Ken Paulman

Ken is the director of the Energy News Network at Fresh Energy and is a founding editor of both Midwest Energy News and Southeast Energy News. Prior to joining Fresh Energy, he was the managing editor for online news at Minnesota Public Radio. He started his journalism career in 2002 as a copy editor for the Duluth News Tribune before spending five years at the Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington, where he worked as a copy editor, online producer, features editor and night city editor. A Nebraska native, Ken has a bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a master's degree from the University of Oregon. He is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors.