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A federal judge in Washington, DC ruled yesterday that the Dakota Access Pipeline must shut down and empty all its oil until the government completes an environmental review of the pipeline’s impacts, giving the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, whose reservation lies downstream, a huge victory. Similarly, late in the day, the Supreme Court refused to overturn the order of a district judge that shut down construction of parts of the Keystone XL pipeline so it is also blocked for now. But, but, but — the Supreme Court agreed, without any explanation, to the Trump Administration’s request to allow construction to continue on all other pipeline projects covered by the same flawed nationwide permit as the Keystone XL pipeline.
Why It Matters: The Dakota and Keystone XL good news is tempered by the fact that numerous other pipeline projects can go ahead despite their inadequate permit unless they are individually challenged in court and blocked. The “split” decision by the Supreme Court to rule against Keystone but let every other pipeline project go forward will lead to further litigation and uncertainty — ultimately a lose-lose. Ironically, Dominion Energy shuttered its Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) project yesterday arguing that construction was blocked by the very order the Supreme Court threw out today. Despite today’s SCOTUS ruling, it should remain canceled — the ACP has too many environmental justice issues to move ahead.
By Lew Milford With its recent executive orders on environmental justice, the Biden administration has put energy equity at the front and center of its domestic policy agenda. The challenge now is to put these principles into practice. That job has been made much more critical with the massive power outage that just crippled Texas. […]
by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer As the domestic electric vehicle market in the United States continues to hit its stride and new competitors vie in the race to electrify, Lucid Motors has emerged as an ultra-luxury competitor to EV darling Tesla Motors. This week, Lucid went public through a SPAC with Churchill Capital Corp […]
The Texas freeze and subsequent blackouts have given the Biden administration the chance to show the country how it will handle natural disasters, and they’ve already done one thing much differently than the Trump administration: acknowledged the role of climate change. And now, due to surge pricing, Texans are facing utility bills in the thousands of dollars for what little heat they got.
Why This Matters: The Biden administration wasted no time declaring an emergency and stating it would review preparation for future storms.
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