From oil and gas leases to missed climate targets, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland has become a lightning rod for the Biden administration’s compromises on energy policy. A recent Senate hearing underlined the steady criticism she faces from conservatives.
By Grant Schwab
WASHINGTON—Few people seem happy with Interior Secretary Deb Haaland and her department’s management of energy resources on federal lands and waters. To this day, a particular focus of indignation is her handling of a December lease auction for oil extraction rights in Alaska’s Cook Inlet.
A study finds that more than half of American communities are basing their long-term preparations for coastal flooding on numbers that underestimate future sea level rise.
By Charlie Miller
Communities across the U.S. are underestimating future sea level rise, according to a study published in Earth’s Future, a journal from the American Geophysical Union. The study found that more than half of the 54 surveyed locations in the U.S. underestimate the upper end of future sea level rise, compared to regional projections from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
Colorado passed new laws offering state tax credits for adopting clean energy technologies to add to existing federal ones. Minnesota is set to pass similar legislation.
By Kristoffer Tigue
Two states are set to significantly ramp up the financial incentives to adopt renewable energy and electric vehicles under new laws that mimic federal clean energy tax credits provided under the Inflation Reduction Act. It’s a sign that the Democrats’ marquee climate law is doing what its authors intended: spur additional public and private investments to speed up the nation’s clean energy transition.