Energy quick reads

** Hundreds of private jets, a major source of planet-warming carbon emissions, descended on Las Vegas for Super Bowl LVIII on Sunday. experts say the influx of aircraft is likely to have a downstream effect that will result in more emissions from congested streets.

** The annual Chicago Auto Show opened Saturday at McCormick Place, and for the first time in nearly a century, one of the Big Three automakers was not there. Tightening its belt in the wake of the protracted United Auto Workers strike last fall, Stellantis decided to skip the auto show entirely, pulling its Jeep, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat and Ram vehicles off the floor and ending the two-decade run of the popular Camp Jeep test track.

** Moderate Senate Democrats were silent this week when Fox News Digital asked for a comment on President Biden’s decision to appoint climate czar John Kerry‘s replacement without Senate confirmation.

** Ford says it has a top-secret, high-powered team working to design its future electric vehicles. It’s part of a quest to compete profitably against Tesla and lower cost EV makers from China.

** A Washington, D.C., jury found conservative commentator Mark Steyn guilty of defaming a prominent climate scientist, ordering him to pay $1 million in punitive damages this week.

** A U.S. court auction weighing the fate of Venezuela-owned oil refiner Citgo Petroleum has received bids using claims in lieu of cash, according to people familiar with the process and documents, part of a historic case to settle Venezuelan debts.



** India’s JSW Group will set up electric vehicles and battery manufacturing projects in the country’s eastern state of Odisha at a cost of 400 billion rupees ($4.82 billion).

** Britain’s National Grid on Friday said it reached an agreement with gas-supplier Constellation Energy that would allow it to keep operating its Everett gas-import terminal for six years.

** Scientists have set a new fusion energy world record, producing 69 megajoules at the Joint European Torus (JET) in the UK. The “major scientific achievement” was the lab’s final experiment following 40 years of fusion research, a “fitting swansong” per UK minister for nuclear Andrew Bowie.