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Why This Matters: EV manufacturing shutdowns particularly impact the next wave of EVs that were about to start to roll off the assembly line – such as Volkswagen’s ID.3 and Tesla’s Model Y. All the major auto companies have offered to assist making ventilators but so far only GM has been ordered to do it. Ford was in talks as of Friday afternoon with the Trump administration seeking guidance on manufacturing and distributing certain products, including ventilators.
In addition, GM announced it is converting a plant in Warren, Michigan to build Level 1 surgical masks. This was an employee-led initiative — created, planned and approved in about 48 hours and involves GM’s traditional supply base as well as new partnerships specific to the medical device industry with set to start next week and within two weeks ramp up to 50,000 masks per day, with the potential to increase to 100,000 per day depending upon the availability of materials to build the masks.
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.
Gas flaring was responsible for Texas’s recent increase in oil refinery pollution, but it’s hardly a new problem. We’re less than a decade away from the UN’s goal of Zero Routine Flaring by 2030, but refineries still flare 150 billion cubic meters of natural gas each year, releasing 400 million tons of greenhouse gasses and other pollutants into the atmosphere.
Why This Matters: Companies have historically practiced gas flaring as a convenient and inexpensive way to “dispose of ” gas that was extracted alongside oil, as opposed to storing paying to store it.
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