Energy briefs

** Voters in El Paso, Texas soundly rejected efforts of Sunrise El Paso to make history by deciding whether climate change should be written into the city’s charter.

** Electrifying the car market may be getting more difficult, with the share of Americans who say they’re “very unlikely” to consider an EV for their next vehicle purchase growing in each of the first three months of the year, according to a new report.

** Some of the United States’ most widely used food pesticides are contaminated with “potentially dangerous” levels of toxic PFAS “forever chemicals”, new testing of the products finds. The Environmental Protection Agency has previously been silent on PFAS in food pesticides, even as it found the chemicals in non-food crop products.

** Berkshire Hathaway Inc shareholders on Saturday overwhelmingly rejected six proposals for environmental, social and governance changes at Warren Buffett’s conglomerate, all of which the billionaire investor and his board opposed.

** More Americans are installing generators and battery storage as climate change drives more frequent blackouts, but high prices still keep the vast majority from accessing backup power.


** Vietnam has recorded its highest ever temperature, just over 44C (111F) – with experts predicting it would soon be surpassed because of climate change. The record was set in the northern province of Thanh Hoa, where officials warned people to stay indoors during the hottest times of the day.

** Jennifer Morgan, the German special envoy for international climate action, last month visited China where she had in-depth discussions with Chinese industry insiders and climate experts. Morgan was the head of the environmental group Greenpeace International before she was named Germany’s special climate envoy in February last year.

** Oil from an exploding oil tanker off the coast of Malaysia has been reported washing up on Indonesia’s coast. Problems exist in determining who is responsible for the aging vessel.

** Two oil tankers recently seized by Iran are anchored off the coast of one of its key port cities on the strategic Strait of Hormuz, according to satellite photos analyzed by The Associated Press on Sunday.

** Thousands of free electric car chargers have been pulled from Britain’s roads over the past year as soaring energy costs makes them unaffordable to offer. The number of chargers offering free electricity has fallen from 5,715 a year ago to 3,568, a drop of almost 40pc.

** Environmental group Greenpeace and two other NGOs have launched a website that calls on Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC), the world’s largest contract chip maker, to reduce its massive carbon footprint.

** India should ban diesel powered vehicles in cities with over a million people and highly polluted towns by 2027 as part of the nation’s green transition, according to a report commissioned by the oil ministry.