CLIMATE: Climate action by U.S. cities and states reduced emissions 6% in 2018, the equivalent of taking 79 million cars off the road, even as federal climate action lagged, a study finds. (The Guardian)

ALSO:
• Facebook touted its efforts to fight climate misinformation during COP26, then let ads run calling climate change a “hoax” and otherwise dismissing the crisis. (Reuters)
• The University of Michigan is opening a “sustainability clinic” on Detroit’s east side that will support research addressing equitable climate solutions, emission reductions and lowering energy costs. (Energy News Network/Planet Detroit)

POLITICS:
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., delayed a vote on Democrats’ reconciliation bill by speaking for eight hours; House Democrats had said they were confident they’d pass it. (New York Times)
• A U.S. senator introduces legislation prodding the Biden administration to restart oil and gas leasing while also stepping up wind, solar and geothermal energy development. (Delta Democrat-Times)
Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm discusses the U.S.’s contradictory encouragement and criticism of oil and gas, how to pass union-made electric vehicle tax credits, and a proposed methane fee. (Washington Post)

WIND:
• Vineyard Wind 1 developers, supporters and politicians celebrate the groundbreaking of their project, the first commercial-scale U.S. offshore wind farm. (Cape Cod Times)
• Wind turbines more efficiently generate power as they’re scaled up, leading to cheaper electricity for customers, a study finds. (Inside Climate News)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: At a White House summit with Canada and Mexico, President Biden held firm to a proposal that would provide tax credits for purchasing U.S.-built electric vehicles. (Toronto Star)

OVERSIGHT: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission chair Richard Glick says the appointment of a new Democratic member likely won’t push the board toward partisan decisions as it moves to consider sweeping transmission and pipeline rules. (S&P Global)

EFFICIENCY: Energy efficiency created far and away the most clean energy jobs in 2020, a U.S. Energy Department report finds. (Canary Media)

GRID:
A federally funded study finds strengthening connections between the Eastern and Western grids would be cost effective, increase reliability, and facilitate generation sharing across regions. (news release)
• Utilities and other organizations participate in a 2-day simulated cyberattack designed to test their security measures. (The Hill)
• The U.S. grid monitor says Texas could see a nearly 40% shortfall in available power in the event of another severe winter storm, despite new winterization requirements for power plants and gas producers. (Associated Press)

CLEAN ENERGY: Indigenous leaders urge federal lawmakers to respect tribal energy sovereignty and remove financial barriers to renewable energy development on tribal lands. (E&E News, subscription)  

TRANSPORTATION: Pointing to other states’ lack of commitment, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker pulls his state out of the Northeast’s Transportation and Climate Initiative. (WBUR)

COMMENTARY:
• An international treaty fighting hydrofluorocarbon use should pass the U.S. Senate unanimously given the gases’ major global warming effects, an editorial board argues. (Washington Post)
• Republicans need to move past their history of climate denialism and put together a global climate agenda if they hope to retake the presidency and Congress, a fellow at a conservative think tank writes. (Politico)