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MINERALS:
• The Biden administration considers using the wartime Defense Production Act to boost procurement of minerals needed for electric vehicle and grid-scale batteries. (Politico)
• Climate-focused federal lawmakers are split on their support of the mining expansion, with some expressing concern about potential abuse and abandonment of mines. (E&E News)

CLIMATE:
• Scientists are increasingly envisioning what the world would look like if we meet our emissions reduction targets but later than necessary to avert catastrophic warming. (Grist)
• Facebook’s algorithm nudges climate-skeptical users toward misinformation that could fuel their doubts, a human rights group finds. (BBC)
• A San Francisco startup hopes to be a “Zillow of clean energy” by connecting building operators with solar, battery and electric vehicle charging businesses. (Bloomberg) 

OIL & GAS:
• The Biden administration considers releasing up to 180 million barrels of oil from its reserves over the next few months to combat rising fuel prices. (Reuters)
• Fossil fuel financing remains dominated by four U.S. banks that have led a surge in recent loans and other capital for the oil and gas industry, according to a new report from environmental nonprofits. (MarketWatch)

EFFICIENCY:
• The White House announces it will spend $3.2 billion to retrofit homes in low-income communities to make them more energy efficient and lower power bills. (Washington Post)
• A Minnesota lawmaker proposes $60 million in weatherization funding over the next three years, which would nearly double current funding and help address crucial pre-weatherization work. (Energy News Network)

CLEAN ENERGY: U.S. production of renewables hit an all-time high in 2021 and outpaced nuclear and coal energy production, an analysis of federal data finds. (news release)

HYDROGEN: President Biden and Sen. Joe Manchin share a desire to expand hydrogen use in the U.S., but Biden wants to make the fuel with clean energy while Manchin envisions producing it with fossil fuels. (E&E News)

UTILITIES:
• Dominion Energy and Appalachian Power are expanding their solar, wind and battery portfolios and rebuilding the power grid to meet clean energy goals established by Virginia law. (Virginia Business)
Three nominees to the Tennessee Valley Authority’s board will go before a Senate committee next week for confirmation hearings. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)

EQUITY: Pennsylvania environmental officials begin revising their decades-old environmental justice policy to account for communities disproportionately impacted by local gas drilling and climate change. (Bay Journal)

SOLAR: The day after receiving approval for a solar panel manufacturing plant in upstate New York, a renewable energy company announces plans for a second facility nearby. (NNY360)

WIND: A regional economic development group releases a study showing southwestern Virginia looks well positioned to manufacture components for offshore wind energy development in Virginia and beyond. (Bristol Herald-Courier)

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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.