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CLIMATE:
• Appalachia, New England and other parts of the U.S. are beginning to attract new residents who are moving away from rising seas, rampant wildfires and other extreme weather driven by climate change. (Yale Environment 360)
• The richest 1% — those making more than $109,000 a year — are by far the world’s fastest-growing source of emissions, regardless of what country they live in, according to a new analysis. (Bloomberg)

OIL & GAS:
• The U.S. response to Russian oil and gas disruptions has focused on ramping up domestic energy production, but experts say energy conservation measures would help lower Americans’ energy costs more quickly. (E&E News)
•  A study finds Permian Basin oil and gas facilities emit methane equivalent to 9% of the area’s overall natural gas production — a figure more than double previous estimates. (Associated Press)
Spiking prices for frac sand, which is used for oil production, is a factor keeping U.S. oil producers from ramping up production, analysts say. (Business Insider)

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POLITICS:
• President Biden is expected to announce new sanctions against Russia and more liquefied natural gas shipments to Europe in the coming days, as well as aim to convince EU leaders to reduce reliance on Russian fuel. (Washington Post)
• Sen. Joe Manchin is reportedly ready to resume discussions on a potential climate-focused reconciliation bill after outlining energy policies he’d like to see included in the package. (E&E News, The Hill)

SOLAR: A California solar developer at odds with an industry trade group doubles down on its push for more tariffs on solar equipment imports. (E&E News)

AIR POLLUTION: Every country in the world has so far failed to meet the World Health Organization’s new air quality standards set in September, as has almost every city. (Grist)

COAL: Atlantic City Electric will shutter its last two operational coal-fired power plants in New Jersey by May 31, saying the move would save ratepayers up to $30 million. (Bloomberg Green)

EQUITY: A recent report from Washington, D.C.’s public advocate finds that nearly a third of city residents live in an environmental justice community, and that two of the city’s most disenfranchised wards also have the highest energy burdens. (DC Line)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
Korean company LG plans to build a $1.4 billion electric vehicle battery manufacturing plant in Arizona to supply North American customers. (Reuters)
Truck manufacturer Navistar opens a Texas factory to make heavy-duty trucks powered by diesel or electric engines, and may eventually build hydrogen trucks as well. (San Antonio Report)

BUILDINGS: Some of Minnesota’s largest cities seek permission from state lawmakers to adopt model national energy codes for larger commercial buildings to more aggressively tackle climate change. (Energy News Network)

COMMENTARY:
• Policy and economics experts debate whether gasoline tax breaks would effectively lower Americans’ household costs and if they’re worth risking other impacts. (The Conversation)
• The U.S. fossil fuel industry is using Russia’s invasion of Ukraine to expand their exports and boost profits, a climate journalist argues. (DeSmog)

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Kathryn Krawczyk

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.