** Some Alaska environmental advocates say the proposed congressional climate bill “causes more harm than good” by requiring oil and gas leasing and incentivizing critical mineral mining.
** Analysts are skeptical of the U.S. mining industry’s ability to produce enough electric vehicle battery minerals to meet deadlines in the proposed congressional climate bill.
** A company proposes using abandoned oil wells to explore for lithium in southeastern Utah.
** San Diego plans to phase out natural gas use in 90% of existing buildings by 2035, but officials do not yet know how much the transition will cost or who will pay for it.
** A study finds traces of oil spilled in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion remained along the Gulf Coast a decade later.
** Coal country is still reeling from Sen. Joe Manchin’s (D-W.Va.) decision to back a sweeping climate and energy package that will accelerate the nation’s transition away from coal.
** Solar equipment is piling up at the US border in an indication the passage of a law targeting forced labor in China’s Xinjiang region is having a major impact on trade flows.
** This week, OPEC issued its Monthly Oil Market Report. It was released just hours after the IEA released its own monthly oil market forecast. Unlike the IEA, the oil-producing group forecast that growth in oil demand this year would be slower than previously expected.
** Germany’s gas storage facilities have reached a fill level of 75%, two weeks ahead of schedule, the country’s top regulator said, as Europe’s biggest economy tries to shore up supplies cut by Russia.
** Germany’s environment minister said the mass die-off of fish in the Oder River is an ecological catastrophe and it isn’t clear yet how long it will take the river to recover.
** The Rhine River’s water level at a key waypoint hit a new low, risking the transit of fuel and other goods as Europe’s climate crisis exacerbates its energy-supply crunch.
** An Iranian-flagged tanker has retrieved an oil cargo which the United States had confiscated and is set to leave Greece, sources familiar with the matter said on Monday.