Energy news in brief

** South Korea’s SK Innovation Co Ltd said on Tuesday it is considering all options including pulling its battery business out of the United States if President Joe Biden does not overturn a trade panel’s decision against it by April 11.

** Twenty-six people were arrested last week at a Line 3 pipeline protest in Minnesota, including some who were allegedly trespassing on private property.

** Job losses, a chronic pipeline capacity shortage, a “bill for spills”, and a carbon tax – these are just some of the problems that the Canadian energy industry is wrestling with right now and are likely to continue wrestling with for the observable future.

** A Gulf Coast pipeline company touts its planned expansion in Louisiana and Texas as a way to expand shippers’ market access to natural gas.

** Thirteen U.S. House Democratic lawmakers on Monday urged the U.S. Postal Service’s governing board to halt implementation of a contract that could be worth $6 billion to build up to 165,000 next-generation delivery vehicles.

** The House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee said on Monday it is investigating a SpaceX commercial space launch that regulators determined violated U.S. safety requirements and its test license.

**  BMW has timed its shift to electric cars well and its upcoming products will upend the perception the German carmaker is behind on electrification and could make its stock compete with the likes of Tesla Inc, its top executive said according to Reuters.

** Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador on Monday proposed yet another law to weaken private firms and strengthen the hand of an inefficient state-owned company, the latest in a series of measures aimed at turning back private-sector involvement in the energy sector.

** The Biden administration wants a major expansion in U.S. offshore wind power, and it set new targets on Monday to make it happen. The administration aims to add 30 gigawatts of offshore wind generation to U.S. coasts by 2030 with the goal of reaching 110 GW of offshore wind power capacity by 2050.

** The White House is assembling its task force to dig into whether the Trump administration politically meddled into scientific research. More than two dozen federal agencies were asked to nominate experts to the panel Monday, dubbed the Task Force on Scientific Integrity. They have until April 2 reported POLITICO.

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