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Today we are looking at a request for a government watchdog that investigates power plants they claim disproportionately pollute low income neighborhoods. A new office within Energy Department was also mentioned.
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Trio of Democrats demands watchdog probe
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Three House Democrats from New York on Tuesday called on a federal watchdog to investigate pollution generated by peaker power plants, or those that only generate electricity during periods of high demand.
House Oversight Committee Chair Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) joined Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOn The Money Dems lay blame forBuild Back Better blowup Hillicon Valley Dems press Amazon on warehouse collapse Democrats press Amazon about fatal warehouse collapse MORE (D-N.Y.) and Yvette ClarkeYvette Diane ClarkeOfficials point to Apache vulnerability in urging passage of cyber incident reporting bill Lawmakers mull way forward on cyber after it’s cut from defense bill Language requiring companies to report cyberattacks left out of defense bill MORE (D-N.Y.) in calling on the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to investigate the effects of such plants on local communities.
The background: The lawmakers noted that the plants are both less energy-efficient than standard power plants and are frequently located in lower-income or predominantly minority neighborhoods.
The lawmakers wrote that peaker plants are a high-impact option to reduce climate risk and address a serious environmental justice problem. They can emit as much as 20 times the carbon and as much as 20 times the nitrous dioxides of a typical power plant, but they operate at a lower efficiency. GAOs are requested to provide data on key data to assess damage and uncover health burdens, calculate economic cost, and find alternative solutions to peaker power plant use.
Close to home: There are 89 peaker plants in New York City alone, including 28 in or near Maloneys district and 16 in Ocasio-Cortezs district. Due to the high incidence of asthma, Asthma Alley is a district in western Queens.
Earlier this year, Clarke joined three other New York Democrats Reps. Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerThe truth of Jan. 6 is coming to light accountability will fall to the courts House passes bill to expedite financial disclosures from judges Unrequited rage: The demand for mob justice in the Rittenhouse trial MORE and Nydia VelazquezNydia Margarita VelasquezThree House Democrats ask watchdog to probe ‘peaker’ power plant pollution Reforming marijuana laws before the holidays: A three-pronged approach Toomey takes aim at Schumer’s spending windfall for NYC public housing MORE and Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandPhotos of the Week: Tornado aftermath, Medal of Honor and soaring superheroes Overnight Defense & National Security Senate passes sweeping defense bill Senate approves sweeping defense bill MORE in introducing bicameral legislation to replace and upgrade the plants. The bill was referred by the Senate Finance Committee in May, but no action has been taken on it since.
You can read more about the letter by clicking here.
New office for renewable energy projects
The Energy Department on Tuesday announced a new office devoted to renewable energy demonstration projects, funded by the recently signed bipartisan infrastructure law.
The law, signed by Biden on November 11, provides $20 billion for the establishment and funding of the office. This office will be used to fund demonstration projects in technologies like carbon capture or renewable hydrogen. The $62 billion pot is used to accelerate renewable energy development in the department.
Thanks to the investments Congress made in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations will move clean energy technologies out of the lab and into local and regional economies across the country, proving the value of technologies that can deliver for communities, businesses, and markets, Energy Secretary Jennifer GranholmJennifer GranholmOvernight Energy & Environment Top land management staffers returning to DC Energy chief: We are ‘not considering’ oil export ban The Hill’s 12:30 Report – Presented by Mastercard – Dems hit the gas on Biden agenda MORE said in a statement.
What’s the breakdown? The Energy Department released a fact sheet in November that stated that the renewable funds included in the infrastructure law $8 billion for renewable hydrogen, $10 million for carbon capture and direct aerial capture, $2.5Billion for nuclear technology, and $1 billion to support demonstration projects in rural areas.
This new Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations reflects President BidenJoe BidenFederal class action lawsuit filed over treatment of Haitian migrants Staffer who had contact with Biden tests positive for COVID-19 Overnight Defense & National Security New rules try to tackle extremism in the ranks MOREs commitment to help Americans turn on the lights in their homes, drive to work, and power their businesses using clean, affordable, and sustainable energy. Mitch Landrieu (White House coordinator for infrastructure bill implementation) said that this office will make Americans’ lives safer and easier.
Learn more about the announcement.
Northern California rocked by earthquake
A 6.2 magnitude earthquake rattled northern California on Monday,according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
The quake, which occurred off of Cape Mendocino near Humboldt County, could be felt in nearly 270 miles away in San Francisco as well as in Chico,according to CNN.
CNN reported that the quake shook a county of 4,000-square miles with a population of only 135,000 people.
CNN spoke with Humboldt County Sheriff William Honsal who said that the county hadn’t experienced “a shake like this” since 2010.
The sheriff said that emergency responders were looking at the damage and that no catastrophic damages had been reported. He was also not aware of any injuries.
The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Officeannounced via Twitter that “numerous smaller aftershocks” had been recorded, but there was not a threat of tsunami at the time.
You can read more about it here.
WHAT WE’RE READING
And finally, something offbeat and off-beat: Chewed out.
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