CLIMATE: The White House Council on Environmental Quality proposes requiring federal agencies to consider climate impacts when considering energy and infrastructure projects, ending Trump-era rollbacks of those considerations but potentially delaying promised infrastructure projects. (Washington Post)

ALSO:
• Consumers, advocates, and state and local governments continue to launch a “tidal wave” of lawsuits targeting utilities and fossil fuel companies for alleged greenwashing. (Grist)
• Google rolls out a suite of sustainability features across its products, including highlighting the shortest driving routes on Google Maps, showing the carbon emissions of flight options, and allowing smart thermostat users to shift their energy use to times when cleaner power sources are available. (Axios)
• Global carbon emissions will continue increasing through 2050 if countries don’t quickly take bigger policy and technological steps, the Energy Information Administration predicts. (CNBC)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• General Motors tells investors that it plans to rapidly scale up electric vehicle production as part of a plan to double revenues to $280 billion by 2030. (Detroit News)
• GM and General Electric agree to develop a supply chain of rare early materials that help make electric vehicles and renewable energy components. (Associated Press)
• Mercedes-Benz looks to hire for several hundred positions before the end of the year at its Alabama auto production and electric battery plants. (AL.com)

OIL & GAS:
More than 300 Indigenous, public health and environmental groups petition the Biden administration to stop issuing water permits for fossil fuel infrastructure, saying such projects are not in the public interest. (E&E News, subscription)
• As a growing number of climate-driven storms drive residents to leave Louisiana, the oil and gas industry rushes to fill the gap, fueling $100 billion worth of capital investment over the past decade, mostly due to liquefied natural gas. (Bloomberg)
• Federal Energy Regulatory Commission staff determine that upgrading natural gas compressor stations in New Jersey and Pennsylvania will likely exacerbate climate change, which could complicate their approval. (NorthJersey.com)

EFFICIENCY:
• A member of the U.S. House energy committee says rebates for home efficiency improvements and funding for government facilities upgrades are likely to make it into Democrats’ reconciliation bill. (Utility Dive)
• Energy efficiency advocates in St. Louis and Kansas City establish resource centers to help building owners upgrade properties amid more stringent energy efficiency policies. (Energy News Network)

GRID: A coalition of the West’s largest utilities begin exploring ways to share resources, but critics call it a piecemeal approach that won’t be effective unless it leads to the formation of a regional transmission organization. (Renewable Energy World)

SOLAR: New Jersey’s utility regulator announces it will make permanent a popular program that facilitates construction of solar arrays that provide power to low- and moderate-income communities. (NJ Spotlight)

COMMENTARY: An editorial board argues against electric vehicle incentives for wealthier drivers in Democrats’ reconciliation bill and says it should implement a carbon tax instead of a “complex and costly web of green subsidies.” (Washington Post)