Headlines from the US and world

** North Dakota receives no bids from developers to build a cross-state natural gas pipeline to supply planned agricultural processing plants.

** Activists continue their fight against the Mountain Valley Pipeline even after West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin conditioned his approval of climate legislation on its completion.

** Former Vice President Al Gore, who held the first congressional hearings on climate change in the 1980s, says he never expected it would take so long to pass significant climate legislation.

**About 20% of utility-scale solar projects slated for construction in the first half of 2022 were delayed, federal data shows.

** A 1,000-mile electric vehicle road rally in Alaska aims to demonstrate EVs’ viability in remote parts of the state.

** Officials say Ford should begin producing electric trucks from its new planned Tennessee factory by 2025.

** U.S. oil companies are working around a century-old shipping law to supply fuel to the U.S. East Coast, according to data from Refinitiv and oil trading sources, as high demand for gasoline and global disruptions in fuel markets sent prices higher.

** The U.S. automobile maker Dodge says it will discontinue a pair of its better-known car models, the Challenger and the Charger as it focuses on EV development.



** The head of Germany’s energy regulator said on Thursday that the country would almost certainly fail to meet its gas reserve targets in the face of a Russian supply squeeze.

** Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took to social media to celebrate President Biden signing the Inflation Reduction Act, boasting that the American legislation will be a win for Canadians.

** European natural gas futures extended their gains as an energy-supply crunch continued to batter the region, amid signs that the is fuel becoming too costly for industrial use and power generation.

** Around 20 ships are stuck in traffic along Germany’s river Rhine, where low water levels have already impeded shipping this summer, after a vessel’s engine failure closed part of the waterway, authorities said on Wednesday.

** A fleet of ships carrying diesel, one of the world’s most important fuels, is heading for European markets facing energy-security threats from high temperatures, soaring gas prices, and Russian disruption.