Climate Clips: COG podcast highlights regional climate resiliency efforts

In this episode of Think Regionally, host Robert McCartney speaks with DC Water VP Salil Kharkar, WMATA Climate Resilience Program Manager Mark Nystrom, and Charles County Resilience Authority Executive Director Stacy Schaefer on cross-sector strategies to build climate resilience to protect our communities and infrastructure.

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Moore and the Md. Congressional Delegation in Full Harmony at Their Initial Capitol Hill Meeting
Maryland Matters
When Republican Larry Hogan was governor, he served alongside a congressional delegation that featured nine Democrats — and the lone Republican, U.S. Rep. Andy Harris (1st) and Hogan didn’t get along all that well. So Hogan and the delegation did the things they were required to do and worked together on a regular basis, but they weren’t necessarily invested in one another’s enduring success.

Environmental Groups React To Virginia Air Board Vote To Withdraw State From RGGI
13 News Now
RGGI requires power plants to buy allowances for how much carbon dioxide they emit. Environmental groups say it has greatly improved air, water quality in Virginia.

County Seeks To Recharge Struggling Program That Funds Energy-Efficient Construction
Reston Now
Last week, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved the amending and re-adoption of the Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy and Resiliency (C-PACE) program, which aims to assist commercial building owners with energy and water-saving improvements for little to no upfront costs.

Poll: About 60% of Marylanders Oppose Plan To Mandate Electric Car Sales by 2035
Maryland Matters
Gov. Wes Moore (D) announced this year that the state would recommit to aggressive climate goals involving the sales of electric vehicles. A poll released by Annapolis-based Gonzales Research & Media Service found a majority of voters oppose the plan even if it meant significant reductions in carbon dioxide emissions. The opposition increases when those surveyed were asked to factor in the higher cost of purchasing an electric vehicle.

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This U.S. Military Base Says It is Ready For Any Enemy — Including Climate Change
Washington Post
Marine Corps Logistics Base ­Albany, a leafy expanse in the southwest part of the state, which has been working for years to build its renewable capacity, is the first in the military to reach its net-zero goal. Power plants generate electricity from natural gas captured at a nearby landfill, and from discarded tree bark and sawdust from a neighboring paper factory. Solar panels warm water for its barracks. Air that is chilled under the ground cools warehouses and other facilities.

House votes To Block Biden Efficiency Proposal for Gas and Electric Stoves
The Hill
The House voted Wednesday to bar the Energy Department from moving forward with a proposed rule governing efficiency requirements for both gas and electric cooking appliances.

DOE Announces $192M for Battery Recycling, Including a Focus on Consumer Electronics
Waste Dive
The U.S. Department of Energy on Monday announced $192 million in funding to expand battery recycling research and development, calling the investments “essential” to the advancement of a domestic supply chain of critical materials for the energy transition.

DOE’s New Tool Helps You Get Your Share of the Climate Law’s Billions
Canary Media
With the Inflation Reduction Act, the Biden administration unleashed a torrent of incentives to help individuals electrify their homes and vehicles — and thereby slash their energy bills, improve air quality and cut carbon pollution. Now, the U.S. Department of Energy has created the Energy Savings Hub, a one-stop shop to put those tax credits and rebates at consumers’ fingertips.

Why the U.S. Electric Grid Isn’t Ready for the Energy Transition
New York Times
America’s fragmented electric grid, which was largely built to accommodate coal and gas plants, is becoming a major obstacle to efforts to fight climate change.