Energy quick reads

** One person is dead following a sudden explosion at a petroleum pumping station in Cass County, Michigan.The Cass County Sheriff’s Office says two men were working at the oil pumping station when it exploded.

** The Senate’s border and Ukraine spending package contains more than $2 billion in funds for uranium processing, as the U.S. works to reduce global reliance on Russian energy.

** Sen. James Risch (R-Idaho) is calling on the Biden administration to put John Podesta, who was recently named the nation’s next top climate diplomat, through the Senate confirmation process.

** A prominent Gen Z climate activist, who has amassed nearly 700,000 followers on TikTok, said he met with White House officials ahead of President Biden’s decision to pause major liquefied natural gas (LNG) export projects.

** Authorities in Los Angeles reported more than 120 mudslides during the storm. While the worst of the downpours are over, the continuing rain Tuesday means more floods and mudslides are still possible and roads remain littered with trees and debris.

** The White House is pressing Congress to extend a subsidy program that helps one in six U.S. families afford internet and represents a key element of President Joe Biden‘s promise to deliver reliable broadband service to every American household.

** Honda is recalling more than three quarters of a million vehicles in the U.S. because a faulty sensor may cause the front passenger air bags to inflate when they’re not supposed to.


** Oil and natural gas giant BP beat expectations on Tuesday with earnings of $3 billion in the last three months of 2023, bringing last year’s total to half its record 2022 profit as energy prices have fallen since spiking after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

** Toyota raised its full fiscal year profit forecast Tuesday after reporting its profit in the October to December quarter nearly doubled from the year before.

** Hundreds of angry farmers took to the streets in Bulgaria’s capital, Sofia, on Monday to complain of what they called “the total failure” of the government to meet the mounting challenges of the agricultural sector.

** The European Union’s executive arm shelved an anti-pesticide proposal Tuesday in yet another concession to farmers after weeks of protests that blocked many capitals and economic lifelines across the 27-nation bloc.