The latest news in energy and environmental politics & policy -- must-know stories and candid insights from POLITICO’s ten-person energy team and journalists across our newsroom. All in just five minutes each morning.
Aiming to curb forever chemicals, once and for all
PFAS chemicals are just about everywhere, and whenever they get somewhere, they stay forever. Now, the administration wants to deal with the contamination of these hazardous chemicals straight from the source. Today, POLITICO’s Annie Snider discusses the administration’s plan, and why action on these chemicals has taken so long.
The Disaster Governors
When disaster strikes, governors are the first line of action to manage response and get resources available to the victims. And as their role as disaster managers becomes an increasingly important part of the job, many are also making disaster mitigation a priority to minimize the future impact of climate change in their communities. Today, POLITICO’s Katherine Landergan explores how some governors in the Northeast are reshaping their duties.
A CEPP made Manchin’s way
In a bid to finally win over one of their make-or-break outliers, Democrats are revisiting one of their key climate provisions in the reconciliation bill: the Clean Electricity Performance Program. In their latest version, a seemingly small tweak would open the door for some natural gas production, provided it has carbon capturing technologies. But POLITICO’s Zack Colman says this new attempt could still not be enough for West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin.
The Davos crowd takes over COP26
The world’s environmental community has been waiting for Glasgow for more than a year, after the pandemic frustrated their plans last year. But as the UN and nation leaders work to propel climate action, the financial community is planning to seize the opportunity to rub elbows and participate in climate talks that will directly impact their operations in the near and long term future. Today, POLITICO Europe’s senior climate correspondent Karl Mathiesen explains how the expanding guest list of the rich and famous attending COP26 could affect the perception of these crucial climate negotiations.
Will cap and trade enter coal country?
Pennsylvania is one of the largest energy producers in the country, which also makes it one of the highest-emitting states. And as the state’s Democratic governor moves to join a cap-and-trade program, he is facing resistance from state lawmakers on both sides of the aisle and a core Democratic constituency. Today, POLITICO’s Jordan Wolman explains the tension.
Climate hawks play hard ball
Senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema’s play to shrink the Democrats’ reconciliation package has worked. But in trying to find a compromise that will keep the president’s agenda and get the votes, the White House and Democratic leadership are finding that progressives and environmentalists are also ready to use their voting leverage to get a bold deal on climate change. Today, POLITICO’s Kelsey Tamborrino explains where the talks stand.
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