Fast reads of energy events


** President Joe Biden said Sunday there were plenty of climate-denying “dog-faced pony soldiers” out there, but their numbers were dwindling as the world took serious steps to address the climate crisis. The president was in Vietnam after the Group of 20 summit in New Delhi, India.

** When the US Secretary of Energy and her team embarked on a road trip to promote electric vehicles, they ran into a predictable yet frustrating obstacle: a lack of electric vehicle chargers. The scarcity of chargers was such an issue for Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm and her team that the police got involved at one point, NPR reported.

** About 146,000 U.S. auto workers are set to go on strike this week if General Motors, Ford and Stellantis fail to meet their demands for big pay raises and the restoration of concessions the workers made years ago when the companies were in financial trouble.

** A new study, published in the journal Science Advances, estimates that the McDermitt Caldera, a volcanic crater on the Nevada-Oregon border, harbors a colossal 20 to 40 million metric tons of lithium. Based on these newest figures, the caldera dwarfs the amount of lithium in even Bolivia’s salt flats, home to around 23 million tons.



** Ukrainian forces have regained control from Russia of several gas and oil offshore drilling platforms close to Crimea, Ukraine’s military intelligence (GUR) said on Monday.

** Canada is planning to expand what is already the world’s largest nuclear generator. Ontario, which has the second-largest energy demand of provinces and territories in Canada, aims to add a third generating station to the Bruce Power facility on Lake Huron.

** Ethiopia completed the fourth and final filling of its contentious dam on the Nile River’s main tributary, Prime Minister said Sunday. In a statement posted on X, formerly known as Twitter, Abiy said the process was finished despite “external pressure” and congratulated all who worked on the project.

** Chevron Corp. is applying to a labor regulator to help resolve its dispute with unions at liquefied natural gas sites in Australia as workers continue partial strikes.

** Chinese state oil companies China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (Sinopec), PetroChina and CNOOC rank near the bottom on a gauge of climate pledges made by the world’s largest oil and gas companies, just above Saudi Aramco, according to a report by Carbon Tracker.

** G20 leaders on Saturday agreed to pursue tripling renewable energy capacity globally by 2030 and accepted the need to phase-down unabated coal power, but stopped short of setting major climate goals.