Quick reads

** Votes on Republican bills that pertain to gas stoves were stalled Tuesday after a small group of House Republicans blew up an initial procedural vote.

** A major case alleging contamination by so-called forever chemicals will be postponed 21 days as the manufacturer and plaintiff close in on a deal. Judge Richard Gergel ordered the three-week delay in the trial that was set to begin Monday between manufacturer 3M and the city of Stuart, Fla.

** The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined a request by the oil industry to review a lower court ruling barring fracking off California’s shore.

** The Energy Department on Monday unveiled a roadmap it says will, using hydrogen energy, enable the U.S. to reduce its emissions by 10 percent in 2050, compared to 2005 levels.

** Despite the billions of dollars invested by private corporations, and government subsidies, Americans are still indifferent as a whole over electric vehicles. Just two in every 10 Americans say they’re “very likely” to buy an EV as their next car, according to a survey by the University of Chicago’s Energy Policy Institute and the AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

** General Motors (GM) announced that it would be spending more than $1 billion to upgrade two factories in Flint, Mich. to build a new line of heavy-duty, internal combustion engine (ICE) pickup trucks. GM said that it would be investing $788 million to prepare the Flint Assembly plant to assemble the trucks, with upgrades that include an expansion of the body shop and general assembly conveyor, and new tooling and equipment.

** Kentucky officials say they won’t start paying out $21 million in economic incentives for a proposed electric vehicle battery facility until the company further explains why the U.S. Department of Energy abruptly rejected a $200 million loan for the project after some congressional Republicans argued the firm has improper ties to China.

** Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell warns a proposed U.S. EPA rule to reduce carbon emissions from power plants will cripple domestic energy production, threaten national security and squeeze workers and job creators in Kentucky and beyond.



** Up to 2.3 billion people around the world are still using polluting fuels to cook and 675 million don’t have electricity, according to a report released Tuesday by five international organizations.

** Japan’s government on Tuesday adopted a revision to the country’s plans to use more hydrogen as fuel as part of the effort to reduce carbon emissions. The plan sets an ambitious target to increase the annual supply by six times from the current level to 12 million tons by 2040.

** Chevron said on Tuesday it has started producing gas from the Gorgon Stage 2 development project off the coast of Western Australia. The development expands the existing subsea gas gathering network of the Gorgon Project, which exports liquefied natural gas (LNG) to customers across Asia and produces domestic gas for the Western Australian market, said Chevron in a statement.

** European gas futures jumped the most since March amid signs of a tighter liquefied natural gas market and potentially stronger Asian demand for the fuel.

** Germany plans to help energy-intensive manufacturers transition to climate-neutral technologies with roughly €50 billion ($53.4 billion) in subsidies. The program, which still needs European Union approval, would run over 15 years and be open for companies with at least 10 kilotons of carbon emissions annually.