Overnight Energy: Biden reportedly will pledge to halve US emissions by 2030 | Ocasio-Cortez, Markey reintroduce Green New Deal resolution

Overnight Energy: Biden reportedly will pledge to halve US emissions by 2030 | Ocasio-Cortez, Markey reintroduce Green New Deal resolution
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Today we’re looking at the Biden administration’s reported 2030 emissions target, the return of the Green New Deal resolution and an inspector general report that raised concerns about the rulemaking process behind a fuel economy and vehicle emissions rollback. 

EMISSION POSSIBLE? Biden reportedly will pledge to halve US emissions by 2030


The Biden administration is expected to commit to cutting U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50 percent by 2030, two people briefed on the matter told The Washington Post.

A White House spokesperson declined The Hill’s request for comment. A White House official told the Post that a final decision hadn’t been made.

Biden is slated to announce his emissions reduction target for 2030 on Thursday, updating the country’s commitment under the Paris Agreement.

Every several years, countries update their interim targets under the global climate agreement, which aims to limit the planet's warming to less than 2 degrees celsius over pre-industrial levels.

Read more about the reported cuts here and read our deeper dive into the updated targets here.

DEAL ME IN: Ocasio-Cortez, Markey reintroduce Green New Deal resolution

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez hits Yang over scrapped Eid event: 'Utterly shameful' The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden, Congress drawn into pipeline cyberattack, violence in Israel The Memo: Outrage rises among liberals over Israel MORE (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Ed MarkeyEd MarkeySenators ask airlines to offer cash refunds for unused flight credits Civilian Climate Corps can help stem rural-urban divide Senate votes to nix Trump rule limiting methane regulation MORE (D-Mass.) on Tuesday reintroduced a resolution in support of a Green New Deal. 


The resolution, which would be an expression of congressional sentiment rather than a law, says that it’s the government’s duty to create a Green New Deal that can be accomplished through a 10-year national mobilization. 

OK but how? It calls for meeting the country’s power demand through zero-emission energy sources and “overhauling” transportation to remove pollution through investing in zero-emission vehicles, public transit and high-speed rail. 

The politics: The Green New Deal resolution, first introduced in 2019, has become a political lightning rod, as the idea has been embraced by progressives, but fiercely rejected by Republicans who have sought to paint it as extreme.

The lawmakers said Tuesday that they hope to go beyond what Biden has proposed on climate.

Yes, and: Markey said during Tuesday's press conference that he and Ocasio-Cortez are also introducing a Civilian Climate Corps bill to put people to work and help the environment. 

Read more about the resolution here.

NHT SO FAST: EPA staff warned of factual, legal issues in Trump vehicle climate rollback, watchdog says 

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) staff warned of factual and legal issues in a Trump administration joint vehicle climate rollback issued with a Department of Transportation agency, an internal government watchdog said.

A report from the office of the EPA’s inspector general raised the concerns about the interagency collaboration between the EPA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in a new report issued on Tuesday. 

The report said that EPA technical staff told leadership that they hadn’t seen about 650 pages of the 1,000-page rule before it was sent to the White House for review because of a “lack of interagency collaboration at the technical level.”

The rule, which was primarily put together by NHTSA, had “numerous errors and inaccuracies” when it was submitted for interagency review, the inspector general said, citing comments by the EPA. 

The report said that then-EPA Administrator Andrew WheelerAndrew WheelerOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Biden officials unveil plan to conserve 30 percent of US lands and water | Watchdog questions adequacy of EPA standards for carcinogenic chemical emissions | Interior proposing revocation of Trump-era rollback on bird protections Ex-Trump Interior, EPA leaders find new posts Senate votes to nix Trump rule limiting methane regulation MORE, who was tapped to lead the agency by former President TrumpDonald TrumpKinzinger, Gaetz get in back-and-forth on Twitter over Cheney vote READ: Liz Cheney's speech on the House floor Cheney in defiant floor speech: Trump on 'crusade to undermine our democracy' MORE, ultimately signed the rulemaking “with many comments unaddressed by NHTSA.”

It also said that in 2019, technical staff “reported that the continued failure to correct errors could leave the rule legally vulnerable.”

Read more about what the watchdog had to say here.


BILL WATCH: Lawmakers introduce several environmental measures

So far this week, lawmakers have introduced a number of energy and environment related bills (Happy Earth Week y’all. It’s already exhausting.) Here are some that are on our radar:





La. race an energy fight between Dems in 'Cancer Alley,' E&E News reports


China’s Solar Dominance Presents Biden With an Ugly Dilemma, The New York Times reports

Audubon CEO resigns after complaints of toxic workplace, Politico reports

U.S. House panel advances bill allowing anti-trust suits against OPEC, Reuters reports

Fossil fuel interests say they’re allies of communities of color. The NAACP disagree, Grist reports

ICYMI: Stories from Tuesday (and Monday night)...

EPA staff warned of factual, legal issues in Trump vehicle climate rollback, watchdog says

IEA predicts 5 percent rise in global CO2 emissions from energy this year


Ocasio-Cortez, Markey reintroduce Green New Deal resolution

Exxon pitches $100B carbon storage project

Three people charged in Fiat Chrysler emissions scandal

Biden administration kicks off 100-day plan to shore up cybersecurity of electric grid

Biden to set major climate change goal this week

Power companies back regulations that cut electric emissions 80 percent 

GAO raises concerns about government inspections of offshore pipelines

Biden to commit to halving US emissions by 2030: report

SOMETHING OFFBEAT AND (KIND OF) OFF BEAT:  A company is purposefully selling a bad-tasting beer to make a point about climate change.  So you’re telling us beer can actually get worse???