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  • 7 minutes 59 seconds
    Why Biden’s solar moves could pose a climate problem

    The Biden administration announced several actions on Thursday to support U.S solar manufacturers, which could ultimately help create domestic jobs but also threaten America’s clean energy growth. POLITICO’s Kelsey Tamborrino breaks down the moves and why solar imports continue to be a complicated political and policy issue for the president. Plus, the Interior Department proposed ending new federal coal leasing in the Powder River Basin in Wyoming and Montana, the nation's biggest coal field.

     

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    Kelsey Tamborrino is a reporter covering clean energy for POLITICO.

    Josh Siegel is an energy reporter for POLITICO. 

    Nirmal Mulaikal is a POLITICO audio host-producer. 

    Annie Rees is a senior audio producer-host at POLITICO. 

    Gloria Gonzalez is the deputy energy editor for POLITICO. 

    Matt Daily is the energy editor for POLITICO.

    17 May 2024, 9:00 am
  • 8 minutes 39 seconds
    Why California Republicans are breaking with Trump on EVs

    California Republicans are breaking with conservatives in other parts of the country who have echoed former President Donald Trump’s attacks on electric vehicles. POLITICO’s Alex Nieves breaks down why Trump and California Republicans diverge on EVs and what that means for auto manufacturers and policymakers. Plus, Trump will travel to Houston next week for a luncheon with about two dozen energy industry executives to talk about fundraising for his reelection campaign. 

     

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    Alex Nieves covers climate for POLITICO California.

    Catherine Morehouse is an energy reporter for POLITICO. 

    Nirmal Mulaikal is a POLITICO audio host-producer. 

    Kara Tabor is an audio producer for POLITICO.

    Gloria Gonzalez is the deputy energy editor for POLITICO. 

    Matt Daily is the energy editor for POLITICO.

    16 May 2024, 9:00 am
  • 9 minutes 3 seconds
    The energy impact of Biden’s new Chinese tariffs

    The Biden administration announced Tuesday that it will raise tariffs on electric vehicles, clean energy technologies, computer chips and metals imported from China – an escalation in the U.S. trade war with Beijing that has major energy implications. POLITICO’s Gavin Bade breaks down how the administration’s move will impact different energy industries and the politics behind the decision. Plus, a coalition of red states and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association have asked a federal court to block EPA’s climate rule for existing coal and new natural gas-fired power plants.

     

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    Gavin Bade is a trade reporter for POLITICO. 

    Josh Siegel is an energy reporter for POLITICO. 

    Nirmal Mulaikal is a POLITICO audio host-producer. 

    Annie Rees is a senior audio producer-host at POLITICO. 

    Gloria Gonzalez is the deputy energy editor for POLITICO. 

    Matt Daily is the energy editor for POLITICO.

    15 May 2024, 9:00 am
  • 9 minutes 11 seconds
    Inside FERC’s big transmission revamp

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission released highly-anticipated rules on Monday that aim to make it easier to build new interstate power lines and set criteria to figure out who should pay for them. The rules are critical to President Joe Biden’s clean energy agenda, but have been a contentious topic at FERC and on Capitol Hill. POLITICO’s Catherine Morehouse breaks down the details of these historic rules and the reaction from the Hill and industry. Plus, President Joe Biden plans to quadruple the tariff that former President Donald Trump imposed on Chinese electric vehicles to 100 percent. 

     

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    Catherine Morehouse is an energy reporter for POLITICO. 

    Josh Siegel is an energy reporter for POLITICO. 

    Nirmal Mulaikal is a POLITICO audio host-producer. 

    Annie Rees is a senior audio producer-host at POLITICO. 

    Gloria Gonzalez is the deputy energy editor for POLITICO. 

    Matt Daily is the energy editor for POLITICO.

    14 May 2024, 9:00 am
  • 8 minutes 29 seconds
    How will FERC divvy up the costs of new power lines?

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is expected to issue a new rule today that’s critical to America’s energy future: who will pay for badly-needed power lines? POLITICO’s Catherine Morehouse breaks down the importance of this rule to President Joe Biden’s clean energy transition and why the issue has bedeviled lawmakers and presidential administrations for years. Plus, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) plans to support a Congressional Review Act resolution to overturn the Biden administration’s rules implementing the electric vehicle tax credit.

     

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    Catherine Morehouse is an energy reporter for POLITICO. 

    Josh Siegel is an energy reporter for POLITICO. 

    Nirmal Mulaikal is a POLITICO audio host-producer. 

    Annie Rees is a senior audio producer-host at POLITICO. 

    Gloria Gonzalez is the deputy energy editor for POLITICO. 

    Matt Daily is the energy editor for POLITICO.

    13 May 2024, 9:00 am
  • 6 minutes 42 seconds
    How the oil industry is prepping for a possible Trump return

    The U.S. oil industry is preparing for the possible return of Donald Trump to the White House by writing up executive orders and other policy paperwork that the former president could sign on day one. POLITICO’s Ben Lefebvre breaks down why this effort by the oil industry is a bit unusual and what they are preparing to do. Plus, 25 Republican-controlled states are suing the Biden administration to try and kill EPA’s controversial power plant rule. 

     

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    Ben Lefebvre is an energy reporter for POLITICO. 

    Josh Siegel is an energy reporter for POLITICO. 

    Nirmal Mulaikal is a POLITICO audio host-producer. 

    Annie Rees is a senior audio producer-host at POLITICO. 

    Gloria Gonzalez is the deputy energy editor for POLITICO. 

    Matt Daily is the energy editor for POLITICO.

    10 May 2024, 9:00 am
  • 7 minutes 36 seconds
    A new US-China climate era begins this week

    America’s new top climate diplomat John Podesta and his equally fresh Chinese counterpart are meeting in Washington this week, marking the beginning of a more challenging era in US-China climate relations. POLITICO’s Zack Colman breaks down this new dynamics expected as the two climate envoys meet face to face. Plus, the Department of Energy is taking a major step toward giving federal regulators new authority to override states when they decide to delay or block construction of new power lines.

     

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    Zack Colman covers climate change for POLITICO. 

    Josh Siegel is an energy reporter for POLITICO. 

    Nirmal Mulaikal is a POLITICO audio host-producer. 

    Annie Rees is a senior audio producer-host at POLITICO. 

    Gloria Gonzalez is the deputy energy editor for POLITICO. 

    Matt Daily is the energy editor for POLITICO.

    9 May 2024, 9:00 am
  • 17 minutes 7 seconds
    We tracked Biden’s $1.6 trillion spending plan. Here’s what we found.

    President Joe Biden is betting that $1.6 trillion in spending and tax breaks embodied in his climate, infrastructure, chips and pandemic-relief laws can transform America. But a new monthslong POLITICO analysis found that a large portion of the money is still unspent, and the clock is ticking as the 2024 presidential election looms. POLITICO Energy host Josh Siegel chats with colleagues Jessie Blaeser and Ben Storrow to understand the reporting behind this project and what’s at stake for Biden’s legacy. 

     

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    Jessie Blaeser is a digital journalist at POLITICO.

    Benjamin Storrow is a reporter for E&E News.

    Josh Siegel is an energy reporter for POLITICO. 

    Nirmal Mulaikal is a POLITICO audio host-producer. 

    Annie Rees is a senior audio producer-host at POLITICO. 

    Gloria Gonzalez is the deputy energy editor for POLITICO. 

    Matt Daily is the energy editor for POLITICO.

    8 May 2024, 9:00 am
  • 8 minutes 35 seconds
    How Democrats could use a FTC complaint to combat the GOP’s energy messaging

    The Federal Trade Commission is alleging in a new complaint that the head of one of the top oil producers in the United States tried to collude with OPEC to boost oil prices. The allegations could help Democrats try and turn the tables on Republicans who have been campaigning on high energy prices for months. POLITICO’s Ben Lefebvre breaks down the allegations and why they could give Democrats a new election weapon. Plus, for the first time, the European Commission has proposed sanctions on Russia’s powerful liquefied natural gas industry.

     

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    Ben Lefebvre is an energy reporter for POLITICO. 

    Josh Siegel is an energy reporter for POLITICO. 

    Nirmal Mulaikal is a POLITICO audio host-producer. 

    Annie Rees is a senior audio producer-host at POLITICO. 

    Gloria Gonzalez is the deputy energy editor for POLITICO. 

    Matt Daily is the energy editor for POLITICO.

    7 May 2024, 9:00 am
  • 9 minutes 24 seconds
    How Biden’s new drinking water rules are challenging public utilities

    President Joe Biden’s ambitious new drinking water rules for toxic forever chemicals could produce significant public health benefits. But they could also spur more sales of public water systems to private companies — a controversial move that could saddle local communities with higher costs. POLITICO’s Annie Snider breaks down how Biden’s PFAS push may privatize water and what that means for consumers. Plus, the Biden administration released new rules that grant automakers some flexibility on how to qualify for the electric vehicle tax credit.

     

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    Annie Snider covers water issues for POLITICO Pro. 

    Catherine Morehouse is an energy reporter for POLITICO. 

    Nirmal Mulaikal is a POLITICO audio host-producer. 

    Annie Rees is a senior audio producer-host at POLITICO. 

    Gloria Gonzalez is the deputy energy editor for POLITICO. 

    Matt Daily is the energy editor for POLITICO.

    6 May 2024, 9:00 am
  • 8 minutes 6 seconds
    FTC signs off on Exxon-Pioneer deal — with a big catch

    The Federal Trade Commission is allowing ExxonMobil to buy Pioneer Natural Resources, the biggest crude producer in the Permian Basin, on the condition that Pioneer’s founder does not serve on Exxon’s board because of his alleged contact with OPEC. POLITICO’s Matt Daily breaks down the significance of these allegations and how it raises questions about Big Oil. Plus, the Biden administration announced the next $3 billion tranche of funding to help remove lead pipes from drinking water systems.

     

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    Catherine Morehouse is an energy reporter for POLITICO. 

    Nirmal Mulaikal is a POLITICO audio host-producer. 

    Annie Rees is a senior audio producer-host at POLITICO. 

    Gloria Gonzalez is the deputy energy editor for POLITICO. 

    Matt Daily is the energy editor for POLITICO.

    3 May 2024, 9:00 am
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