CLIMATE: The U.S. government has long forced Indigenous people onto the least desirable land and neglected infrastructure on tribal lands, now leaving them to face the harshest effects of climate change. (New York Times)

ALSO: Lawsuits against fossil fuel companies and governments over climate impacts fail to use the latest and most compelling scientific evidence, a study finds. (Axios)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• The U.S. electric vehicle industry is falling behind global competitors as China and Europe increase manufacturing capacity while U.S. investments lag, a report finds. (Green Car Congress; E&E News, subscription)
• Honda says it will produce its own electric vehicles in the future after General Motors built its first cars set to go on sale in 2024. (CNBC)

GRID:
Thousands lose power in Washington and Oregon as unprecedented heat strains Pacific Northwest electric grids. (KUOW, Oregonian)
A Northeast heat wave causes gas and electricity prices to rise and power demand forecasts to tick up. (S&P Global)
• Long-awaited transmission projects finally moving forward in New York could become a model for federal transmission projects. (E&E News, subscription)

POLITICS:
• Progressive lawmakers join protesters saying the bipartisan infrastructure deal doesn’t do enough to combat climate change as the White House notes Biden still intends to pass a reconciliation bill with more clean energy measures. (Axios, The Hill)
• President Biden’s push to shift from fossil fuels puts Texas Democrats who represent oil and natural gas-dependent districts in a pinch. (Wall Street Journal, subscription)

OFFSHORE WIND: Federal regulators plan to begin environmental review soon for Vineyard Wind’s second offshore wind project near Massachusetts and Rhode Island. (Renewables Now)

FOSSIL FUELS:
A government watchdog’s report says the Interior Department’s outdated oil and gas tracking system hampers monitoring and enforcement efforts of drilling on federal land. (E&E News, subscription)
The U.S. Supreme Court refuses to hear a challenge from Montana and Wyoming over Washington state’s denial of a coal export terminal permit, ending the case. (Oil City News)

SOLAR:
• First Solar and a Bill Gates-backed energy company announce a collaboration to build tandem solar cells that will help increase output over a cell’s lifespan. (E&E News, subscription)
• Critics say a recently announced low-income solar program from DTE Energy stretches the definition of “community solar” and denies customers financial benefits of owning solar while benefiting the utility. (Energy News Network)

BIOFUELS: Biofuel and corn industry groups urge the U.S. EPA to use restraint in granting fuel blending waivers to refiners after the U.S. Supreme Court last week upheld the controversial program. (Reuters)

HYDROPOWER: U.S. Senators introduce a bill incentivizing upgrades to dams and the removal of obsolete hydroelectric infrastructure. (E&E News, subscription)

BIOMASS: The potential benefits and public health risks of biomass — a major source of renewable energy in Wisconsin — is often overlooked in policy debates that center on wind and solar. (Energy News Network)

PIPELINES: As Enbridge continues to defy state orders to shut down Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac, critics say the company is attempting to curry favor with local residents and public officials to influence debates about the pipeline’s fate. (Bridge Michigan)

COMMENTARY:
• President Biden outlines spending proposals in the bipartisan infrastructure bill he agreed to, noting it leaves out critical climate measures he wants to see in a reconciliation bill but still saying it “represents a crucial step forward in building our clean energy future.” (Yahoo News)
• Two climate reporters break down why methane’s heavy climate impact makes reducing its emissions “the cheapest and easiest way to hold down global temperatures in the near term.” (Bloomberg)