CLIMATE: “The things Americans value most are at risk” as climate change-fueled disasters threaten safe drinking water and food supplies, housing security, infrastructure, and human health, a federal report warns. (Washington Post)

ALSO: The sustainability director of Ithaca, New York, departs his position despite international acclaim for his work, citing a lack of local governmental support and microaggressions. (Ithaca Voice)

MIDTERMS:
• Republican congressional candidates have run few ads attacking Democrats for supporting the Inflation Reduction Act, with experts saying no candidates are vulnerable because of their pro-climate stances. (E&E News)
• Democratic congressional candidates have pushed for clean energy and electric vehicle development throughout their campaigns, but largely framed it as an economic boon rather than a way to reduce emissions. (E&E News)
• A wave of climate-driven candidates seek local positions in today’s elections. (Grist)

COP27:
• The annual climate conference opens with discussions about which countries are responsible for climate damages but is unlikely to hold developed nations accountable for their outsized emissions. (Washington Post, Inside Climate News)
• Countries are set to bolster methane commitments made at last year’s COP27, with the U.S., EU and Japan planning to commit to further methane emission cuts from fossil fuel extraction and transport. (Bloomberg)

NUCLEAR: An Illinois town underscores the need for a just transition when closing nuclear facilities, which typically pay more in taxes, employ more people and leave behind more hazardous waste than coal plants. (Energy News Network)

OIL & GAS:
• The Biden administration reportedly pitched a plan to boost domestic oil production and refill the nation’s strategic reserve but was rebuffed by oil companies, prompting a threat to tax windfall profits. (Washington Post)
• Environmental and Indigenous groups urge the Biden administration to delay oil and gas lease sales for Wyoming and New Mexico, saying they harm environmental justice, public health and the climate. (E&E News)

GRID: Some grid experts say the federal transmission permitting process needs to evolve to more efficiently build grid infrastructure that can support clean energy. (Utility Dive)

UTILITIES:
A U.S. Energy Department loan program could help utilities shift fossil fuel infrastructure to clean energy but faces major challenges, including reluctance from the utilities. (Canary Media)
• New Orleans’ outages during good weather, rising bills and political bullying by Entergy lead to discussion about whether to buy out its contract and launch a public power utility instead. (Gambit)
• Hawaii becomes the first state to require utilities to implement a time-of-use rate scheme aimed at pushing electricity consumption to hours of high solar power production. (Canary Media)

STORAGE: The Biden administration funds research to develop ways to extract crucial minerals used in electric vehicles and batteries from coal waste. (S&P Global)

TRANSPORTATION:
• A hydrogen cell-powered sailing vessel could be a future alternative for decarbonizing Great Lake shipping, a startup founder says. (Great Lakes Echo)
• Global contract electronics maker Foxconn will acquire a nearly 20% stake in Ohio electric vehicle startup Lordstown Motors for up to $170 million. (Reuters)

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