CLIMATE: Nine in 10 U.S. counties have faced a climate change-fueled weather disaster in the past decade, totaling more than $740 billion in damages, a climate adaptation group finds. (Grist)

POLITICS:
• Federal lawmakers resume talks on an energy permitting package, but Sen. Joe Manchin’s push to clear a path for permitting the long-delayed Mountain Valley Pipeline remains a sticking point. (E&E News)
• Congressional leaders say it’s unlikely permitting reform will make it into the must-pass annual defense spending package. (E&E News)
• Republican Herschel Walker calls for continued reliance on “gas-guzzling cars” as he competes in a runoff election for U.S. Senate in Georgia, a state that has attracted significant electric vehicle investment. (Grist)
• A poll suggests Republican voters want Congress to curb clean energy spending once the GOP takes House control, but it’s not among voters’ top priorities. (Morning Consult)

COP27:
• A new wave of climate and clean energy disinformation in right-wing media outlets threatens progress at the COP27 climate conference, media watchdog groups say. (Inside Climate News)
• Leaders of the world’s biggest economies say COP27 climate negotiators should still aim to keep global warming below 1.5 degrees as a few countries hold out on reaffirming the commitment. (E&E News, New York Times)
• U.S. climate envoy John Kerry wants to reform the international development banks system to fund climate adaptation in vulnerable countries. (Reuters)

BIOGAS: Critics fear the anticipated growth in biogas production following federal incentives will place farm workers at even greater risk with few federal protections from job hazards. (Civil Eats/Energy News Network)

BIOFUELS: Arizona State University researchers find the U.S. aviation sector’s fuel demand could be met entirely by biofuels produced from a drought-tolerant grass planted on existing marginal agricultural land. (news release)

STORAGE:
• The U.S. Energy Department announces $350 million for long-duration energy storage demonstration projects meant to boost reliability. (Utility Dive)
• Thermal energy storage could boost long-duration energy storage’s potential global capacity far beyond current projections. (Utility Dive) 

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Volvo’s commercial truck company strikes a deal to create a national charging network at Pilot and Flying J truck stops. (Greensboro News & Record)

SOLAR: Colorado researchers and farmers collaborate to improve ways to combine agriculture and solar installations, also known as agrivoltaics. (Canary Media)

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE: A new study finds Louisiana communities with higher percentages of Black residents see 7 to 21 times more toxic air emissions than places with more White residents similarly located near industrial plants. (NOLA.com)

COAL: Arizona researchers find planned coal plant retirements would free up substantial volumes of water now used for cooling and steam generation along the drought-diminished Colorado River. (Casper Star-Tribune) 

MINING: In northern Maine, geologists discover a large deposit of rare minerals needed for electric and hybrid vehicles, among other consumer technologies. (Maine Public Radio)

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