Climate Clips: Montgomery County hopes purchasing co-op will spark public to get electric vehicles

Montgomery County officials and transportation partners on Thursday launched a cooperative purchase program aimed at making electric vehicles more affordable and attractive to residents.

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As Republicans Threaten Two Years of Climate Legislation, Democrats Go on Defense
Virginia Mercury
With Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin moving to withdraw Virginia from a regional carbon market and a new Republican majority in the House of Delegates pledging to amend a sweeping decarbonization law passed in 2020, Democrats are going on the defense to protect what they see as their party’s signature environmental achievements of the past two years.

2022 Maryland Climate Bills Will Focus on Electrification, Including School Buildings and Buses
Maryland Matters
As the Maryland General Assembly settles into its regular 90-day session, environmental leaders in both chambers are expected to reveal legislative proposals aimed at tackling climate change soon. The Senate draft could be ready as early as next week.

Elrich Unveils $5.1 Billion Capital Budget Focusing on Education, Climate Change, Racial Equity
Bethesda Magazine
For the first time, the capital budget focuses on prioritizing projects related to climate change and racial equity, county officials said.

Report Card Shows Maryland Is Unprepared for Damage Inflicted by Climate Change
CBS Baltimore
A recent report shows that Maryland is making progress toward preparing for climate changes but lacks the ability to track climate change projections and plan ahead.

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2022 Outlook: Top US Power Sector Trends to Watch
Utility Dive
The Biden administration, as well as states, utilities and other businesses continue to pursue ambitious clean energy and decarbonization goals. Utility Dive’s editors and reporters summarize the top concerns, challenges and priorities across the sector for 2022 below.

Power Companies Back EPA Climate Authority at Supreme Court
E&E News
Public and private power companies yesterday called for the Supreme Court to uphold EPA’s authority to broadly regulate how they produce electricity for the nation.

Majority of US States Pursue Nuclear Power for Emission Cuts
AP News
As climate change pushes states in the U.S. to dramatically cut their use of fossil fuels, many are coming to the conclusion that solar, wind, and other renewable power sources might not be enough to keep the lights on.

Inside Clean Energy: Wind and Solar Costs Have Risen. How Long Should We Expect This Trend to Last?
Inside Climate News
For more than a decade, companies that wanted to buy wind and solar power got to enjoy the fact that the prices for renewable energy got cheaper almost every year. Then, prices began to rise in some places in 2020. It was easy to dismiss this as a mere blip due to economic disruption caused by the pandemic. But prices continued to increase in 2021.