Colonial Pipeline is Back Up and Running, EPA Issues Waivers to Stabilize Markets

Colonial Pipeline is Back Up and Running, EPA Issues Waivers to Stabilize Markets

Colonial Pipeline announced Wednesday evening that it would relaunch after it was shut down for five days due to a cyberattack. Still, shortages in the southeast linger, and environmental advocates worry that an easing of regulations on fuel vapor restrictions may do more harm than good. 

Why This Matters: The Colonial incident highlights two significant issues facing the U.S. energy sector.

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EV Battery Production in Georgia Charges Ahead Thanks To Settlement

EV Battery Production in Georgia Charges Ahead Thanks To Settlement

Scaling production of EVs in the U.S. will require a ramp-up in domestic battery production. Now there’s good news on that front. A battery factory in Georgia can move forward after LG Energy Solution and SK Innovation (South Korean companies), two of the world’s biggest electric vehicle battery manufacturers, settled a dispute. 

Why This Matters: The dispute threatened U.S. production of EVs. SK has contracts to produce batteries for electric Ford F-150 pickup trucks and Volkswagen SUVs.

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More States Adopt Stricter Vehicle Emission Standards

More States Adopt Stricter Vehicle Emission Standards

As the Biden administration is readying a reversal of the Trump policies loosening rules on auto emissions, many states have started tightening their laws to align with the California clean car standards.  Case in point: the Virginia legislature last week passed a law that toughened its emissions standards

Why this Matters: Last year, Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order that would phase out the sale of gas-powered passenger vehicles by 2035 — and New Jersey and Massachusetts have indicated that they want to follow suit.

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GM’s Announcement On All EVs by 2035 Is Shaking Things Up click button

GM’s Announcement On All EVs by 2035 Is Shaking Things Up

GM announced last week it intends to make the switch to selling only electric vehicles by 2035 — a surprise move that accelerates the pace of the conversion from internal combustion (IC) vehicles here in the U.S.  It

Why This Matters:  Secretary Pete was confirmed and he is poised to ride the wave of the transportation transformation.  GM’s decision will push the other major automakers to do the same.

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The 15 Minute City of the Future

The 15 Minute City of the Future

When you leave your front door, what can you reach in 15 minutes by foot or bike? A grocery store? A school? A park? That’s the question that many urban planners are using to shape plans for how cities operate in the future. The 15-minute city means designing neighborhoods where everything people need, from housing to dining to cultural institutions, is within that 15-minute radius. 

Why this Matters: It’s a good idea to create neighborhoods that fulfill people’s basic needs so that they won’t have to travel as far to manage their daily lives – especially post-pandemic when more people are likely to work from home. 

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Will COVID Finally Get Millennials to Buy Cars?

Will COVID Finally Get Millennials to Buy Cars?

by Natasha Lasky, ODP Contributing Writer Millennials have been the least likely to buy cars of any generation — in fact, before the COVID-19 pandemic, they were about 29 percent less likely than those in Gen X to purchase a car. But the pandemic has made car ownership of “COVID cars” more desirable, according to […]

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