ELECTRIC VEHICLES: The U.S. Postal Service pledges to electrify at least 40% of its new delivery vehicles after 16 states and the District of Columbia sued the agency over its original procurement plan. (Washington Post) 

ALSO:
• Ford says it has secured enough battery supplies to manufacture 600,000 electric vehicles per year by 2023. (Associated Press)
• California advocates sue the U.S. EPA over the agency’s delayed approval of a state rule that would steer public transit agencies toward zero-emission buses. (E&E News, subscription) 

CLIMATE:
• Describing climate changes as a “clear and present danger,” President Joe Biden yesterday announced measures to help communities adapt to extreme weather and plans to advance offshore wind in the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic coast. (NPR, Bloomberg)
• Republicans have largely backed away from questioning climate science but have shown little willingness to support solutions that threaten the fossil fuel industry. (New York Times)
• Economists question Sen. Joe Manchin’s assertion that climate legislation would worsen inflation, noting that many of its provisions have been shown to have the opposite effect. (E&E News)
• The business of providing carbon offsets for “guilt-free flying” faces a reckoning as demand begins to outweigh available opportunities for cutting emissions. (Reuters)
• The president of a Virginia advocacy group discusses the ecological advantages of setting policy goals that stabilize consumption and population to protect the environment and stabilize the climate. (Energy News Network)

PIPELINES:
Pipeline builders see natural gas export projects as a growth opportunity as crude oil pipelines become harder to build. (Reuters)
• The operator of a southern Nebraska pipeline seeks federal permission to switch from hauling natural gas to carbon dioxide. (North Platte Telegraph)

OIL & GAS:
• A new analysis says the oil industry’s future growth will largely depend on access to renewable energy to power operations, noting the U.S. Gulf Coast will be a hot spot. (Bloomberg)
• A Pennsylvania community struggles to stay hydrated and hygienic while waiting for water quality test results after fracking fluids entered a nearby abandoned well. (Public Source)

HYDROGEN: Residents of a small Utah town look to a proposed green hydrogen production and energy storage facility to fill the economic void left when a coal power plant closes. (Associated Press)

SOLAR: An Oregon researcher finds that installing solar panels among farm crops can shelter the plants from frost and heat and reduce water use. (OPB)  

COMMENTARY: A Colorado journalist proposes establishing a restoration economy that puts displaced miners and oil and gas drillers to work cleaning up abandoned mines and wells. (High Country News)

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Ken Paulman

Ken is the director of the Energy News Network at Fresh Energy and is a founding editor of both Midwest Energy News and Southeast Energy News. Prior to joining Fresh Energy, he was the managing editor for online news at Minnesota Public Radio. He started his journalism career in 2002 as a copy editor for the Duluth News Tribune before spending five years at the Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington, where he worked as a copy editor, online producer, features editor and night city editor. A Nebraska native, Ken has a bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a master's degree from the University of Oregon. He is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and Investigative Reporters and Editors.