Climate Clips: Maryland counties confront climate change, costly projects

This is what happens when failing infrastructure, in this case, an underground drainpipe, meets weather’s new normal: stronger storms and more intense rainfall. Similar problems are appearing across this fast-growing Southern Maryland county.

See the full story at the Washington Post.

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Hogan Administration Officials Diverge on Building Decarbonization Plan
Maryland Matters
An attempt to block a provision under consideration by the state’s Climate Change Commission on Monday that would strengthen green building standards in the state failed.

Virginia Infrastructure Funding May Go to Flooding Concerns, Metro Funding and More
NBC Washington
As President Joe Biden prepares to sign his $1 trillion infrastructure package just passed by Congress, elected leaders and transportation officials in Virginia are eagerly looking at which projects they’ll put on the priority list.

Dominion Offshore Wind Price Tag Jumps by Nearly $2 Billion
Virginia Mercury
Dominion Energy revised the price tag of its Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind project upward to $9.8 billion from an earlier estimate of $8 billion. The increase has been attributed to the more than 20 percent jump to “commodity and general cost pressures,” as well as the completion of design plans for bringing the power generated by the wind farm to customers onshore in Virginia Beach.

Months After it Was Asked to Take Up Reform Proposals, Electric Utility Commission Still Hasn’t Met
Virginia Mercury
Nearly nine months after a Senate panel asked a legislative commission to review a mounting number of proposals for reforming Virginia’s electric utility regulatory system, the commission still has not met.

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How the Infrastructure Bill happened and What it Will Do
E&E News
The House approved bipartisan infrastructure legislation Friday following months of negotiations and Democratic infighting over how to handle the president’s agenda.

Biden Unveils Pledge to Slash Global Methane Emissions by 30%
The Guardian
US president Joe Biden has unveiled a multinational plan to control methane, regarded by the administration as the single most potent way to combat the climate crisis in the short term.

Supreme Court’s Unusual Decision to Hear a Coal Case Could Deal President Biden’s Climate Plans Another Setback
Inside Climate News
Just as it became clear that President Joe Biden could not get Congress to agree to a Clean Electricity Payment Program, the Supreme Court announced it would hear a case that could prove just as big a setback in his plans for climate action.

Unlocking the Transition: Politicians Tout Renewable Energy Jobs for Ex-Fossil Fuel Workers, But it’s Not So Simple
Utility Dive
Experts say renewable energy jobs don’t always appeal — or just aren’t available — to workers who are losing their jobs to the closure of coal mines and power plants.