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Politics Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by the League of Conservation Voters — Biden, Xi talk climate at UN forum

01:40  22 september  2021
01:40  22 september  2021 Source:   thehill.com

Overnight Energy: US bans use of pesticide tied to health problems in children

  Overnight Energy: US bans use of pesticide tied to health problems in children Happy Wednesday! Welcome to Overnight Energy, your source for the day's energy and environment news.Please send tips and comments to Rachel Frazin at rfrazin@thehill.com. Follow her on Twitter: @RachelFrazin. Reach Zack Budryk at zbudryk@thehill.com or follow him at @BudrykZack.Today we're looking at action from the Biden administration against a pesticide connected to health issues in children, the fallout from the White House's call for OPECPlease send tips and comments to Rachel Frazin at rfrazin@thehill.com. Follow her on Twitter: @RachelFrazin. Reach Zack Budryk at zbudryk@thehill.com or follow him at @BudrykZack.

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Today we're looking at climate announcements from the U.S. and China during speeches at the United Nations General Assembly and the latest on when the administration's oil and gas review could come out.

For The Hill, we're Rachel Frazin and Zack Budryk. Write to us with tips: rfrazin@thehill.com and zbudryk@thehill.com. Follow us on Twitter: @RachelFrazin and @BudrykZack.

Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by Climate Power — Emissions heading toward pre-pandemic levels

  Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by Climate Power — Emissions heading toward pre-pandemic levels Welcome to Thursday's Overnight Energy & Environment, your source for the latest news focused on energy, the environment and beyond. Subscribe here: thehill.com/newsletter-signup.Today we're looking at a UN report on a return to pre-COVID emission levels, the first step toward reversing Trump-era gray wolf protection rollbacks and a House committee asking oil execs for answers.For The Hill, we're Rachel Frazin and Zack Budryk. Write to us with tips: rfrazin@thehill.com and zbudryk@thehill.com. Follow us on Twitter: @RachelFrazin and @BudrykZack.Let's jump in.

Let's jump in.

Biden wants boost for climate financing for developing countries

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During his first speech before the United Nations General Assembly, President Biden called for an additional boost for climate financing for developing countries.

The administration said in April that it would double its climate financing for developing countries, which reportedly brought its annual commitment to $5.7 billion. On Tuesday, Biden said he'll seek to double that again, reaching about $11.4 billion per year.

"In April, I announced the United States will double our public international financing to help developing nations tackle the climate crisis, and today, I'm proud to announce that we'll work with the Congress to double that number again, including for adaptation efforts," he said.

Biden, world leaders try to hammer out next steps on climate

  Biden, world leaders try to hammer out next steps on climate Washington (AP) — President Joe Biden tried to hammer out the world's next steps against rapidly worsening climate change in a private, virtual session with a small group of other global leaders Friday, and announced a new U.S.-European pledge to cut climate-wrecking methane leaks. Ever-grimmer findings from scientists this year that the world is nearing the point where the level of climate damage from burning oil, gas and coal becomes catastrophic and irreversible “represent a code red for humanity,” Biden said at the session's outset.

Timing is everything. In the April announcement, the administration said that it hoped to double financing for climate-related programs in developing countries by 2024 compared to the average level during fiscal years 2013 through 2016.

In his new speech, Biden didn't specify what the timeline would be for the additional boost to climate financing.

But he's not the only one stepping it up. China, a major financier of the coal industry worldwide, will no longer build new coal plants abroad, the country's president announced Tuesday.

"China will step up support for other developing countries in developing green and low-carbon energy and will not build new coal-fired power projects abroad," President Xi Jinping said in a speech before the United Nations General Assembly.

Read more about Biden's remarks here and Xi's remarks here.

Lands nominee says oil review at interagency review stage

France recalls ambassadors to US, Australia over submarine deal

  France recalls ambassadors to US, Australia over submarine deal The diplomatic row came over a broken contract by Australia to buy French submarines in the wake of a new security pact by Australia, the US and the UK.Philippe Étienne, France's ambassador to the United States, and his counterpart in Australia were recalled to Paris "for consultations" at the request of French President Emmanuel Macron, said Jean-Yves Le Drian, France's minister for Europe and foreign affairs.

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Laura Daniel-Davis, President Biden's pick to be Interior's assistant secretary for land and minerals management, indicated Tuesday that the department's long-awaited report on its oil and gas leasing review is at the late-in-the-process interagency review stage.

At a nomination hearing Tuesday, Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) asked Daniel-Davis on the status of the report, which the administration had projected for an early summer release.

The nominee said the report is undergoing the full interagency review process.

"Reports like this that come at the direction of an executive order do go through an appropriate interagency and White House review process, so that is where we are," she told Manchin.

Daniel-Davis did not identify a specific timeline for the release of the report but told Manchin, "I'm hopeful we'll be able to get it out the door very soon."

Read more about Daniel-Davis's confirmation hearing here.

Advocates fear US weighing climate vs. human rights on China

  Advocates fear US weighing climate vs. human rights on China U.S. envoy John Kerry’s diplomatic quest to stave off the worst scenarios of global warming is meeting resistance from China, the world's biggest climate polluter, which is adamant that the United States ease confrontation over other matters if it wants Beijing to speed up its climate efforts. Rights advocates and Republican lawmakers say they see signs, including softer language and talk of heated internal debate among Biden administration officials, that China’s pressure is leading the United States to back off on criticism of China’s mass detentions, forced sterilization and other abuses of its predominantly Muslim Uyghur minority in the Xinjiang region.

A MESSAGE FROM THE LEAGUE OF CONSERVATION VOTERS

Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by the League of Conservation Voters — Senate Finance chair backs budget action on fossil fuel subsidies

  Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by the League of Conservation Voters — Senate Finance chair backs budget action on fossil fuel subsidies Welcome to Tuesday's Overnight Energy & Environment, your source for the latest news focused on energy, the environment and beyond. Subscribe here: thehill.com/newsletter-signup.Today we're looking at the top Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee vowing to push for action on fossil fuel subsidies, John Kerry's call for China to do more on climate and updated clean-air guidelines from the WHO.For The Hill, we're Rachel Frazin and ZackToday we're looking at the top Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee vowing to push for action on fossil fuel subsidies, John Kerry's call for China to do more on climate and updated clean-air guidelines from the WHO.

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We're calling on Congress to pass the climate test -- and only support a reconciliation package with real climate action that cuts climate pollution in half by 2030. Read LCV's letter now.

Dakota Access asks court to reverse decision requiring environmental review

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Dakota Access is asking the Supreme Court to take up a lower court determination finding that its pipeline needs additional environmental review.

So remind me what happened...At the start of the year, a federal appeals court upheld a lower court's decision that the federal government needed to conduct a rigorous environmental review called an Environmental Impact Statement for the pipeline.

The appeals court also upheld a decision to vacate a permit for the now-operational pipeline, while the review is conducted.

What's new? In its new filing, the company asks the high court to consider whether the appeals court was wrong to vacate the permit under environmental laws. It also takes issue with the appeals court's assertion that it was judging whether the federal government had "convinced the court that it has materially addressed and resolved serious objections to its analysis."

In German election, hunger strikers seek climate promises

  In German election, hunger strikers seek climate promises BERLIN (AP) — After three-and-a-half weeks on a hunger strike, Henning Jeschke is frail and gaunt, but determined to go on, still hoping to pressure the three candidates for chancellor of Germany into meeting him for a debate about the climate crisis ahead of Sunday’s general election. For the first time in Germany, climate change is perhaps the most dominant issue in an election campaign, especially for young voters. It's at the center ofFor the first time in Germany, climate change is perhaps the most dominant issue in an election campaign, especially for young voters. It's at the center of televised debates among candidates, and five of the six main parties offer plans with varying degrees of detail for slowing global warming.

Read more about the request here.

IDA RELIEF KEEPS FLOWING

The U.S. Small Business Administration has granted more than $100 million in aid related to Hurricane Ida, through loans the agency is touting as a low-cost way to battle disaster impacts.

A spokesperson for the agency told The Hill that as of Tuesday, the agency had approved over $133 million in aid for Hurricane Ida.

Alejandro Contreras, director of Preparedness, Communication and Coordination in our Office of Disaster Assistance, told The Hill in an interview, that this money can go to help homeowners and renters, businesses and private nonprofit organizations.

Contreras called the loans an "affordable form of government assistance for recovery" since they eventually get paid back to the government.

"That helps reduce the overall cost to the government...and it puts some of the responsibility also onto the property owners," he said.

ON TAP TOMORROW

  • The Joint Economic Committee will hold a hearing on the benefits of electrifying U.S. homes and buildings

  • The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee will vote on the nominations of Jeffrey Prieto to be the EPA's top lawyer, and Stephen Owens, Jennifer Sass and Sylvia Johnson to be members of the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board

  • The Senate EPW Committee will also hold a hearing titled "The Circular Economy as a Concept for Creating a More Sustainable Future"

  • Norway promises Europe more gas as prices soar, Reuters reports

A MESSAGE FROM THE LEAGUE OF CONSERVATION VOTERS

Which US state reps have the best records on climate policy?

  Which US state reps have the best records on climate policy? A new report evaluates elected officials in 25 state legislatures on their records on climate change policy.The average American isn’t paying much attention. Fewer than 20% of US citizens can name their state legislators, while one-third don’t know their governor, according to a study by John Hopkins University. But state senators and representatives are often the ones making decisions about land use, extractive industries, energy efficiency, and more with the most immediate impact on constituents’ quality of life.

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We're calling on Congress to pass the climate test -- and only support a reconciliation package with real climate action that cuts climate pollution in half by 2030. Read LCV's letter now.

WHAT WE'RE READING

  • Former Rep. Sherwood Boehlert, leading GOP voice on environment, dies at 84, Syracuse.com reports
  • Wind farm draws fire for interfering with WWII incarceration site, E&E News reports
  • UK strikes deal for CO2 producer CF to restart operations, Reuters reports
  • Floridians Want More Aggressive Action To Address Environmental Issues, Survey Finds, WUSF reports
  • Cape Verde's 'fish detectives' try to keep extinction at bay, The Guardian reports

ICYMI

Judge dismisses Greenpeace lawsuit against Walmart

Progressive poll finds support for solar energy tax credit legislation

Biden announces $10 billion commitment to fighting world hunger

Native American tribes sue to halt Wisconsin wolf hunt

Biden takes first step on workplace protections from extreme heat

And finally, something offbeat and off-beat: Modern problems require modern solutions

That's it for today, thanks for reading. Check out The Hill's energy & environment page for the latest news and coverage. We'll see you tomorrow.

Which US state reps have the best records on climate policy? .
A new report evaluates elected officials in 25 state legislatures on their records on climate change policy.The average American isn’t paying much attention. Fewer than 20% of US citizens can name their state legislators, while one-third don’t know their governor, according to a study by John Hopkins University. But state senators and representatives are often the ones making decisions about land use, extractive industries, energy efficiency, and more with the most immediate impact on constituents’ quality of life.

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