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Bipartisan lawmakers are considering tariffs on carbon and allowing reforms. And the government is also delaying the release of water from Lake Powell amid a severe drought.

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CO2 border tax, registration reform part of the talks

During a meeting on climate and energy issues, a bipartisan group of lawmakers discussed a tariff on imports from countries that contribute to climate change. They also examined environmental audits, which Republicans have long called too onerous.

On Monday, the group of about a dozen lawmakers from across the ideological spectrum met to discuss the issues that Sen. Joe Manchin (DW.Va.) called “bringing everyone together to come up with some ideas … about how we all work together.” be able. ”

“We want to ensure that we have the reliability that Fossil has given us and can and must continue to give, while fundamentally promoting and investing in new technologies and innovations that will take us to the next level. ” he said.

According to Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), the ideas discussed included:

  • “Where do we get our minerals from”
  • “How We Process Them”
  • “The NEPA Review Process When Thinking About Building Renewable Assets”

NEPA refers to the National Environmental Policy Act, which mandates environmental assessments of major projects, including energy infrastructure but also other structures such as highways.

Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) said he supports carbon border adjustment, an import tariff on products from countries that may have less stringent climate regulations.

“Right now, the current system gives countries like China, India and Vietnam an incentive not to pay attention to emissions because you can produce a commodity cheaper if you don’t pay,” Cassidy said. “But if we had carbon border adjustment, it would help our workers, help our industry and encourage them to do it right.”

“This is about national security. Right now we are losing jobs, we are losing industry and China’s economy is getting stronger,” he said. “A CO2 border adjustment reverses that.”

However, Cassidy clarified that his proposal was “absolutely different from a carbon tax”. Period. End of the story.”

Democrats who attended the meeting:

  • Manchin
  • Senator Mark Warner (Va.)
  • Senator Brian Schatz (Hawaii)
  • Sen. Chris Coons (Del.)
  • Senator Tom Carper (deleted)
  • Senator Mark Kelly (Ariz.)
  • Sen. John Hickenlooper (Col.)
  • Rep. Ro Khanna (California).

Republicans who participated:

  • Cassidy
  • Romney
  • Sen. Dan Sullivan (Alaska)
  • Senator Lisa Murkowski (Alaska)

The meeting came a week after an earlier meeting attended by Republican Senator Kevin Cramer (ND), who was not in Washington Monday.

Cramer was back in town on Tuesday: He floated the idea of ​​credits for “new technologies” like carbon capture – designed to prevent plant-warming emissions from being released into the air when fossil fuels are burned – and hydrogen energy. He proposed a “fuel neutral” approach that would be tied to an emissions standard.

The senator was skeptical when asked if the talks could be used to advance Democrats’ proposed tax credits.

“If it becomes a vehicle for them, it becomes less attractive for us,” Cramer said.

“If we don’t keep it tight, it’s going to get out of hand.”

A third meeting is scheduled for Wednesday.

Read more about Monday’s meeting here.

Inside, Lake Powell’s release is delayed amid a drought

The Home Office announced Tuesday it would postpone a planned release of water from Lake Powell as a measure to address a drought that has brought the reservoir’s waters to unprecedented levels.

According to the announcement, the department’s Bureau of Reclamation will withhold nearly 480,000 acre-feet of water in the Colorado River reservoir before release.

Lake Powell is currently at an unprecedented low surface elevation of 3,522 feet. The minimum level at which Glen Canyon Dam can generate hydroelectric power is 3,490 feet, according to the Bureau.

Normally, the water would be discharged downstream to Lake Mead, the Colorado River’s other major reservoir. Interior forecasts that water retention will support the reservoir for another 12 months.

In addition to withholding the release, Interior Department officials will also release approximately 500,000 acre-feet from the upstream Flaming Gorge reservoir into the reservoir.

“Today’s decision reflects the truly unprecedented challenges facing the Colorado River Basin and will provide operational security for the next year. All who depend on the Colorado River must continue to work together to reduce usage and consider additional proactive measures we can take to rebuild our reservoirs over the coming months and years,” said the Assistant Secretary of State Water and Science, Tanya Trujillo, in a statement.

Read more about the move here.


A new study has found that exposure to two classes of endocrine-disrupting compounds – “forever chemicals” and phthalates – may be linked to poor bone health in teenage males.

According to the study in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, some of these disruptors, which interfere with how the body’s hormones work, may be responsible for the reduction in bone mineral density in adolescent boys.

Because bone formation occurs mainly in childhood and adolescence, the authors emphasized the importance of identifying factors that negatively impact bone development during this period.

So-called forever chemicals — also known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) — are most notorious for their presence in jet fuel firefighting foams and industrial exudates, but are also key ingredients in a variety of household products, such as clothing, cosmetics and food packaging.

Not only are PFAS ubiquitous in consumer products, but they also tend to persist in both human tissues and the environment. Exposure to PFAS has been linked to kidney cancer, testicular cancer, thyroid disease, and other diseases.

Phthalates, on the other hand, are commonly used in personal care products, children’s toys, and food packaging and processing materials. They are associated with birth defects, infertility, learning disabilities and neurological disorders.

“Puberty is an important time when our bodies build bone,” study co-author Abby Fleisch, of the Maine Medical Center Research Institute, said in a statement.

“Almost all children and adolescents in the US are exposed to PFAS and phthalates, but few studies have looked at how these chemicals might affect our bone health,” Fleisch added.

Read more from The Hill’s Sharon Udasin here.

nuclear nouns

President Biden on Friday nominated Annie Caputo and Bradley Crowell for membership on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, which regulates nuclear power plants.

If confirmed, Caputo and Crowell will fill two vacant seats to give the agency a full cast of five commissioners.

Chair of the Environment and Public Works Committee Tom Carper (D-Del.) tweeted that he would advance them “quickly”.


  • The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will consider moving forward with ratification of the Kigali Amendment, an international treaty to reduce the use of hydrofluorocarbons, which are extremely powerful contributors to climate change
  • Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm is set to testify before the Senate Appropriations Committee during a hearing on the department’s budget
  • Forest Service Chief Randy Moore will testify before the Senate Appropriations Committee during a hearing on the agency’s budget
  • Among other things, the Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works will vote on whether to advance the Water Resources Development Act


  • How phantom forests are being used for greenwashing (BBC News)
  • Known to be toxic for a century, lead still poisons thousands of children in the Midwest (NPR)
  • As Gas Prices Rise, No One Knows How Much Methane Is Leaking (Bloomberg)
  • ‘We live in hell’: Pakistan and India suffer from extreme spring heatwaves (The Guardian)
  • Gas giants have written letters of support from elected officials (HuffPost)

And finally, something fancy and quirky: Beware of the turkey!

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