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Politics OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Biden admin hopes to take on 500 maintenance projects next year | Biden bolsters push for offshore wind | RNC fireworks caused over $42K in damage to National Mall

01:40  04 june  2021
01:40  04 june  2021 Source:   thehill.com

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Today we're talking about the Biden administration's hope to take on 547 maintenance projects in FY22, taking a deeper dive into its offshore wind goals and looking at the cost of damage to the National Mall from an RNC firework display.

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MAINTAINING AMBITION: Biden administration hopes to take on 500 maintenance projects next year

The Biden administration said on Thursday that it hopes to take on more than 500 maintenance projects next year using a fund designated to restore public lands and parks for fiscal year 2022.

A statement from the Interior Department said that it would house 63 projects while 484 would fall under the National Forest Service. The administration estimated that together, they would support more than 20,000 jobs.

The administration will take on additional projects through the separate Land and Water Conservation Fund, including 28 forest legacy projects.

Read more about what the Biden administration is requesting here.

A CLOSER LOOK AT THOSE #WINDGOALS: Biden bolsters push for offshore wind

Biden administration, Gov. Newsom open California coast to offshore wind farms

  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.

The Biden administration is leaning into offshore wind as part of its push to transition the U.S. to clean energy, even as the federal government is already on course to meeting a new target for the energy source.

The administration has taken several steps in recent weeks to advance its goal of being able to generate 30 gigawatts of offshore wind energy by the year 2030 - enough energy to power more than 10 million homes.

So how close are we? There were already 28.5 gigawatts in the "offshore wind pipeline" as of 2019, before President Biden took office. The Energy Department, which provided updated figures after publication, said there are currently more than 35 gigawatts in the pipeline, more than enough to meet Biden's target.

This gives the department the better part of a decade to see those projects come to fruition. Advocates and experts say Biden's goal is still significant given the work needed to get projects across the finish line.

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  It’s All Coming Together for Floating Wind Turbines 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.

"It's both ambitious, but I think it's also very doable," said Erin Baker, a professor at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. "We may not be halfway there in five years, but I think then it'll really start to speed up, and I wouldn't be surprised if we actually end up surpassing it by 2030."

Read more about the specifics here.

SPARKING DAMAGE: RNC fireworks caused over $42K in damage to National Mall

Former President Trump's Fourth of July fireworks last summer caused more than $42,000 in damages to the National Mall, according to documents obtained by a watchdog group.

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) released the documents on Wednesday, including a letter that the Department of Interior sent to the Republican National Committee (RNC) in February listing the damage.

In the letter, Interior officials told the RNC that the fireworks show held at the National Mall "injured" park resources.

Okay, like what? "Those injuries included turf damage from a forklift operator who drove at a high rate of speed across the turf near the sidewalks, turf damage from fireworks setup and activation such as tire rutting and spinouts, scorch marks from the fireworks and extensive compaction damage from improper setup and security/setup/takedown vehicles driving throughout the turf," the letter reads.

Court denies Kristi Noem's request to hold firework show at Mount Rushmore

  Court denies Kristi Noem's request to hold firework show at Mount Rushmore A federal court on Wednesday denied South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem's motion to hold a fireworks show at Mount Rushmore ahead of the Fourth of July after a monthslong fight. © Provided by Washington Examiner Chief Judge Roberto Lange of the U.S. District Court for the District of South Dakota concluded that a ruling in Noem's favor would constitute "improper judicial activism" as he insisted it is not the legal body's call to make. "The United States would benefit immensely from greater unity in its efforts to continually form a more perfect union.

"In addition, when a dumpster was being positioned, it struck a Park drinking fountain causing damage."

But, they paid for it. The organization found a March receipt indicating that the RNC paid the Interior Department back in full for the damages.

Read more about the letter here.

POWER TO THE PEOPLE: Progressives call for publicly owned power

A coalition of progressive lawmakers is calling for electric power to be publicly owned in a new resolution unveiled Thursday.

The resolution says that the country should "transition away from investor-owned utilities and marketized energy systems...by acquiring them through the Federal Government" and turning them over to state, local or tribal ownership, or community or cooperative ownership.

Since the call, spearheaded by Reps. Cori Bush (D-Mo.) and Jamaal Bowman (D-N.Y.), is a resolution rather than a bill, it will not become law if it is approved and instead would simply express congressional sentiment.

Specifically, it seeks to express that "the United States must establish electricity as a basic human right and public good, and eradicate the reliance on monopolized, profit-driven utility corporations and providers and the flawed regulatory regime that has failed to regulate these utilities in the public interest."

Biden bolsters push for offshore wind

  Biden bolsters push for offshore wind The Biden administration is leaning into offshore wind as part of its push to transition the U.S. to clean energy, even as the federal government is already on its way to meeting a new target for the energy source.The administration has taken several steps in recent weeks to advance its goal of being able to generate 30 gigawatts of offshore wind energy by the year 2030. That's enough energy to power more than 10 million homes.However, thereThe administration has taken several steps in recent weeks to advance its goal of being able to generate 30 gigawatts of offshore wind energy by the year 2030. That's enough energy to power more than 10 million homes.

Read more about the push here.

WHAT WE'RE READING:

Tasked to Fight Climate Change, a Secretive U.N. Agency Does the Opposite, The New York Times reports

Treaties offer new aid in environmental fights, Indian Country Today reports

Private equity bet on troubled Caribbean refinery blows up on retirement funds, Reuters reports

The birding community faces a difficult debate about the names of species connected to enslavers, supremacists and grave robbers, The Washington Post reports

NC Senate Republicans act to deny Cooper environmental appointee's confirmation, a first, The News & Observer reports

ICYMI: Stories from Thursday...

White House requests $2.8 billion for parks, conservation projects

Trump's 2020 July Fourth fireworks show caused over $42K in damage: CREW

Tech, entertainment giants team up for climate change solutions

Progressives call for publicly-owned power

Top EU court: Germany 'persistently' broke air pollution rules

Biden bolsters push for offshore wind

New study says endangered whales have shrunk in size three feet over 20 years

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