POLITICS: The White House sees more work ahead on permitting reform after it compromises with Republicans to include speedier environmental reviews for energy projects in a bill to raise the debt ceiling. (E&E News)
• Some Democratic lawmakers are skeptical whether there’s a path forward on strengthening the power grid after the debt ceiling bill fails to mandate quicker transmission deployment. (E&E News)
• Climate advocates decry the debt ceiling bill, saying it includes “poison pills” for environmental oversight and the “climate-killing” advancement of the Mountain Valley Pipeline. (Grist, E&E News)
• Sen. Joe Manchin thinks Congress will “absolutely” pass the debt ceiling bill in a vote expected today, despite criticism from both sides of the aisle. (The Hill)
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• State Farm’s withdrawal from California highlights a larger trend of insurance companies raising rates or outright refusing to sell coverage in areas threatened by climate change. (E&E News, New York Times)
• Some Ohio State University students worry that a new state law designating climate change as a “controversial belief or policy” will jeopardize future student recruitment. (Inside Climate News)
EFFICIENCY: Experts say a federal initiative to retrofit public housing units with energy-efficient improvements will need a lot more funding than the $837.5 million it’s currently allocated. (Grist)
ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Some New Hampshire car dealers aren’t receiving electric vehicles because manufacturers are prioritizing shipments to states with zero- and low-emission vehicle adoption mandates. (Concord Monitor)
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OIL & GAS:
• A federal judge is considering whether to shut down a section of Line 5 based on soil erosion in Wisconsin that could cause a catastrophic oil spill in the Great Lakes and on tribal land. (E&E News)
• Stanford University researchers travel to 10 cities in the U.S. and abroad to test how air pollution from gas stoves can spread throughout an apartment. (New York Times)
• Environmental groups celebrate a $40 million penalty against a BP subsidiary for allegedly violating federal pollution laws at an Indiana oil refinery. (Indianapolis Star)
• Communities can now apply for a share of $400 million in federal grants to pay for electric, propane and compressed natural gas buses. (Utility Dive)
• A Richmond, Virginia, city councilor explains how eliminating parking space requirements for developers is expected to help slow sprawl, lower transportation emissions, and boost affordable housing. (Energy News Network)
• A consumer class-action lawsuit accuses Delta Air Lines of falsely claiming to be the world’s “first carbon-neutral airline,” saying the benefits of its carbon offsets have been exaggerated. (Associated Press)