ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Investments in electric vehicle and battery manufacturing are far outpacing investments in lithium mining, with experts blaming permitting complications and EV companies’ failure to understand the depth of lithium demand. (Quartz)
• Major U.S. automakers and battery companies form a coalition to push the federal government to back a battery supply chain buildout. (Axios)
• Georgia’s landing of a planned Hyundai factory marks the state’s second big electric vehicle manufacturing deal after years of fruitlessly chasing car manufacturers. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
• Automaker Stellantis and Samsung partner on a $2.5 billion electric vehicle battery manufacturing plant in Indiana that’s expected to create 1,400 jobs. (Detroit Free Press)
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• As the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission increasingly enforces pipeline permit violations, developers wage legal challenges that could curb regulators’ oversight powers. (E&E News)
• FERC Chair Richard Glick’s renomination could be in jeopardy in a divided Senate, as key voter Sen. Joe Manchin has criticized Glick’s efforts to account for pipeline projects’ emissions. (E&E News)
CLEAN ENERGY: Rising interest rates and an economic downturn threaten clean energy’s track record of growth. (E&E News)
• ExxonMobil must face the climate lawsuit Massachusetts’ attorney general brought against it, the state’s top court decides. (Guardian)
• The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecasts an above-average number of Atlantic hurricanes this year, the seventh straight year of abnormal activity. (NJ Spotlight)
• Ohio cities are using sophisticated new mapping tools to identify disparities in climate risks, pollution and energy burdens, which could help when seeking federal infrastructure funds. (Energy News Network)
• A California tech company finds Bay Area communities of color are exposed to 55% more smog-producing pollutants than majority White communities. (Washington Post)
• A National Renewable Energy Laboratory-designed app is helping streamline the solar permitting process, though only 16 cities use it so far. (Bloomberg)
• Virginia solar advocates call for guidelines to protect consumers against an influx of predatory installers seeking to take advantage of loosened residential solar laws passed in 2020. (Virginia Mercury)
COAL: Coal miners press U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin to shore up a federal trust fund that was established to cover black-lung disability benefits. (Bloomberg)
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GRID: California officials say climate change-exacerbated extreme heat, dwindling hydropower supplies and wildfires will threaten the power grid’s reliability for the next five summers. (E&E News)
• Private companies, nonprofits, universities and other organizations partner on a direct-air carbon capture coalition. (Axios)
• A carbon pipeline developer tells county officials that it has acquired about 60% of the land easements it needs in Iowa and hopes to start construction in the summer of 2023. (The Messenger)