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Dream Homes and Disasters: Is the Government Ready to Confront Climate Risk?
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Dream Homes and Disasters: Is the Government Ready to Confront Climate Risk?

Zak Colman of POLITICO explains how governments can more adequately confront climate risk. “FEMA is also weighing new regulations that would expand the federal floodplain, which could includeincreasing minimum requirements for elevating homes to reduce flood risk. Those rules could be a ‘game changer’ by requiring stricter building standards to reduce flood risk for hundreds...

Solar-Panel Shortage Snarls U.S. Green-Energy Plans
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Solar-Panel Shortage Snarls U.S. Green-Energy Plans

"The disruptions have pummeled solar deployment in the U.S., where domestic manufacturers are few and imports, largely from Chinese and other Asian makers, account for more than 80% of all panels used. An estimated 23 gigawatts’ worth of big solar projects have been delayed so far this year—almost twice as much as was installed in all of 2021 and approaching a third of all such projects in development, according to the American Clean Power Association, an industry group."

How the Jones Act exacerbates the US diesel shortage
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How the Jones Act exacerbates the US diesel shortage

"Wood Mackenzie’s Williams argues that there is a better way the administration could help relieve the diesel shortage in New York Harbor and put downward pressure on prices. 'The quickest way to ease the situation would be to waive the Jones Act for a month or two,' he says. 'If we could move more barrels around the US by sea, that would make a real difference.'"

Politics Could Speed Up Clean Energy. They May Also Slow It Down.
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Politics Could Speed Up Clean Energy. They May Also Slow It Down.

"Yet there are signs of progress in other areas. One key bottleneck is approval for transmission lines: A record 1,400 gigawatts of total generation and storage capacity are currently seeking interconnection to the grid, more than the current U.S. generating capacity of 1,200 gigawatts, according to a new paper from Berkeley Lab. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is now working on a series of proposed rule changes to streamline the processes for approving transmission lines."

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