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CLIMATE: The amount of heat-trapping methane emissions in the atmosphere from oil and gas wells, landfills, livestock operations and other sources worldwide saw a record increase between 2020 and 2021, according to a new federal report. (Washington Post)

ALSO:
Massachusetts lawmakers announce a major climate bill they say would help the state reach its goal of net-zero emissions by 2050. (MassLive)
A federal appeals court gives Baltimore a win in its climate lawsuit against fossil fuel companies by sending the case back to state court. (Reuters)
• A report evaluates railway industry efforts to slow climate change’s effects on railway infrastructure with nature-based solutions. (Inside Climate News)

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES:
• Electric vehicles tend to be heavier than their combustion counterparts, introducing new crash safety challenges. (Bloomberg)
Online searches for electric vehicles have spiked in recent months, though supply shortages mean not all interested buyers will likely be able to buy them. (New York Times)
• Tesla delivers its first electric vehicles made at its new Texas manufacturing plant. (Wall Street Journal)
• California drivers use less gas to travel the same distance as drivers in other states, likely because the state has more electric and hybrid vehicles. (E&E News)

SOLAR:
Advocates of shared solar programs in Virginia grapple with setbacks that include a proposed $55 monthly fee and state lawmakers’ decision to delay expansion to rural communities. (Energy News Network)
Colorado renewable energy officials say a federal probe of Asian solar imports is drying up equipment supplies, raising development prices and delaying projects. (Colorado Sun)

GRID: Grid operator MISO presents plans for a $10.4 billion transmission line build out it says would provide $37 billion in benefits over 20 years. (Utility Dive) 

POLITICS:
• The U.S. Senate and House pass bills to ban oil imports from Russia, despite the White House already taking the same action. (Politico)
• U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin calls for a national push to produce rare earth elements needed for rechargeable batteries, which could provide a use for coal waste in his state — and that his company helped produce. (WV Metro News, E&E News)

ELECTRIFICATION: Industry players and governments take sides as a legal challenge to Berkeley, California’s natural gas hookup ban heads to federal appeals court. (S&P Global)

COMMENTARY:
• A journalist reflects on Houston’s legacy as a fossil fuel hub while considering how clean energy can offer environmental justice for low-income communities of color. (Los Angeles Times)
• Decarbonizing new U.S. buildings by 2030 is possible but will take more robust government incentives and a mentality change from Americans, a journalist and architecture consultant writes. (Bloomberg)
• A columnist test drives the new electric Hummer and contemplates whether it can convert electric vehicle skeptics. (Guardian)

Editor’s note: Yesterday’s story regarding a clean energy critic making a moral case for fossil fuels in poor countries appeared in the Washington Post.

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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.