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GOP bill would reimpose sanctions on Kremlin-backed Nord Stream 2 after Biden waiver
Republican senators are circulating a bill that would reimpose sanctions against Nord Stream 2 and its Russian-allied CEO after the Biden administration waived them, the Washington Examiner has learned, after the GOP and some Democrats condemned letting the Kremlin-backed project off the hook. © Provided by Washington Examiner The proposed legislation, led by Senate Armed Services Committee member Kevin Cramer, a North Dakota Republican, and joined by other members, has been dubbed the Protecting Our Well-being by Expanding Russian Sanctions Act.
Today we're looking at the administration's push for , a forthcoming to report cyberattacks and the administration reportedly .
DHS to require pipeline companies to report cyberattacks
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will issue a directive later this week requiring all pipeline companies to report cyber incidents to federal authorities in the wake of a devastating ransomware attack on Colonial Pipeline that forced a shutdown of operations.The Washington Post first reported that DHS's Transportation Security Administration (TSA), which is responsible for securing critical pipelines, will issue the directive this week following concerns that pipeline operators are not required to report cyber incidents, unlike other critical infrastructure sectors.
WEST COAST BEST COAST? Biden administration reaches offshore wind agreement with California
The Biden administration has reached an agreement with California seeking to advance wind energy development off the state's northern and central coasts.
The Interior Department said in a statement that initial areas of development could bring up to 4.6 gigawatts of energy to the grid, enough to power 1.6 million homes.
The federal government aims to sell wind energy leases in mid-2022, the department said
"Today's announcement reflects months of active engagement and dedication between partners who are committed to advancing a clean energy future," said Interior Secretary Deb Haaland in a statement.
Some detail: One place they have identified is nearly 399 square miles off California's central coast, northwest of Morro Bay. The press release said this area alone can be responsible for three gigawatts of offshore wind.
Biden admin, California agree to bring offshore wind farms to Pacific coast
“We're talking about a game-changing investment in a green energy future,” California Gov. Gavin Newsom said. “This state is not being passive with this announcement."He said in anticipation of the announcement, California had already put tens of millions of dollars in its budget for environmental reviews, engineering and design, and upgrades to ports and power lines that will ferry electricity from offshore farms to California homes.Installing wind turbines off the West Coast won’t be easy: The floor of the Pacific Ocean gets far deeper far closer to the shore than the Atlantic Ocean.
California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) told reporters that Morro Bay could accommodate 380 turbines.
COMING DOWN THE PIPE: DHS to require pipeline companies to report cyberattacks
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will issue a directive later this week requiring all pipeline companies to report cyber incidents to federal authorities in the wake of a devastating ransomware attack on Colonial Pipeline that forced a shutdown of operations.
The Washington Post that DHS's Transportation Security Administration (TSA), which is responsible for securing critical pipelines, will issue the directive this week following concerns that pipeline operators are not required to report cyber incidents, unlike other critical infrastructure sectors.
A spokesperson for DHS told The Hill in an emailed statement Tuesday that "the Biden administration is taking further action to better secure our nation's critical infrastructure," with TSA and the federal Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) working together on the issue.
Biden administration, Gov. Newsom open California coast to offshore wind farms
California and the U.S. government announced to open up areas for the first commercial wind energy farms on the Pacific Coast. Your browser does not support this video The pact that would float hundreds of turbines off the coast of Morro Bay and Humboldt Bay was touted as a breakthrough to eventually power 1.6 million homes and help the state and federal government reach ambitious climate change goals through clean energy production. © Michael Dwyer, AP Images Three of Deepwater Wind's five turbines stand in the water off Block Island, Rhode Island, the nation's first offshore wind farm.
"TSA, in close collaboration with CISA, is coordinating with companies in the pipeline sector to ensure they are taking all necessary steps to increase their resilience to cyber threats and secure their systems. We will release additional details in the days ahead," the spokesperson said.
So how does it work? According to The Post, companies will be required to report incidents to both TSA and CISA as well as designate an official with the ability to contact both agencies in order to report a cyberattack.
"This is a first step, and the department views it as a first step, and it will be followed by a much more robust directive that puts in place meaningful requirements that are meant to be durable and flexible as technology changes," a senior DHS official told The Post.
NOT MINE: Biden reportedly looking overseas for electric vehicle metals
President Biden is reportedly planning to rely on metal from ally countries to build parts for electric vehicles (EV), part of an effort to please environmentalists, two sources close to the matter told .
Daily on Energy: Biden risks backlash if he pulls away from favoring critical mineral mining
Subscribe today to the Washington Examiner magazine and get Washington Briefing: politics and policy stories that will keep you up to date with what's going on in Washington. SUBSCRIBE NOW: Just $1.00 an issue! © Provided by Washington Examiner DOE Header 2020 WHAT ABOUT ‘MINED IN AMERICA’? The Biden administration would be “short-sighted” if it backs off support for domestic production of critical minerals, says Rich Nolan, CEO of the National Mining Association. “This whole ‘made in America’ drive needs to begin with 'mined in America',” Nolan told Josh in an interview this morning.
Two administration officials told the news agency that Biden would be focusing on the domestic production of battery parts for EVs to create more jobs, instead of relying on domestically sourced metals.
The plan will reportedly rely on metals imported from Canada, Australia and Brazil, among others, to supply the raw materials needed to help the U.S. become less of a carbon-intensive economy.
However, the federal government has awarded grants to assist coal mines in finding ways of producing rare earth materials.
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ON TAP TOMORROW:
- The Senate Appropriations Committee's Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies will hold a hearing to examine budgeting for the future of forest management, focusing on rethinking resiliency.
- The Senate Energy and Natural Resources' Subcommittee on National Parks will hold a hearing on the state of the National Park system
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Everything’s coming up floating wind turbines. On Tuesday, the Biden administration announced plans to open up the waters off California to wind energy, signalling that the new technology is going to emerge. © Photo: Jeff J Mitchell (Getty Images) A general view of The European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre located in Aberdeen Bay on September 7, 2018 in Aberdeen, Scotland. “Today’s announcement reflects months of active engagement and dedication between partners who are committed to advancing a clean energy future,” Interior Secretary Deb Haaland said in a statement.
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FROM THE HILL'S OPINION PAGES:
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Carbon removal can and must be part of the climate justice agenda, Vanessa Suarez, senior policy adviser with Carbon180.
OFF-BEAT AND OFFBEAT:
Former NSA boss says US is 'not ready' for cyberattacks from China and Russia .
Former National Security Administration chief Keith Alexander warned that the United States is "not ready" to combat against a potential flurry of cyberattacks from Russia and China. © Provided by Washington Examiner On Sunday, Alexander said hacks from the two nations are "more blatant than" any he's ever seen throughout his "whole career." The former NSA boss said President Joe Biden's March 12 executive order, which was intended to bolster the country's response to cyberattacks through coordination with the private sector, is a step in the right direction, adding that more needs to be done.