Energy quick reads

** At least two members of Congress are vying to become the top Republican on the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Reps. Brett Guthrie (R-Ky.) and Bob Latta (R-Ohio) are interested in replacing outgoing chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.), who will retire from the House next year.

** The American Petroleum Institute filed a legal challenge Monday against the Biden administration’s five-year plan for oil and gas leasing.

** Nearly two dozen people protesting Biden administration policies on climate change and the Israel-Hamas war were arrested Monday outside the president’s campaign headquarters in Wilmington, Del., according to protest group Sunrise Movement.

** Nearly three years after Gov. Gavin Newsom directed it, California’s oil and gas industry regulator kickstarted a process to outright ban hydraulic fracturing, the fossil fuel extraction method known as ‘fracking.’

** A re-elected Donald Trump won’t stop renewable energy deployment, but could reverse anti-coal diplomacy efforts, U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry said on Tuesday at the International Energy Agency ministerial gathering.

** A Union Pacific train carrying 118 tons of coal derailed Sunday due to a track defect and dumped its contents into and around Plumas County’s Feather River, according to railroad officials and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.


** Carbon capture is not a solution for the energy transition and political leaders need to provide real, non-greenwashed, commitments to encourage investment, Andrew Forrest, executive chairman of Fortescue Metals, said on Tuesday.

** Mexican tycoon Carlos Slim is interested in increasing his investments in the oil sector, including in U.S.-based Talos Energy’s projects, after the billionaire businessman bought a stake last year in a major offshore project discovered by Talos.

** Past and future UN climate talk hosts the United Arab Emirates, Azerbaijan and Brazil said Tuesday they are forming a “troika”  aimed at keeping alive the goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

** The French government on Tuesday cut by 20% a subsidy higher-income car buyers can get for purchasing electric and hybrid vehicles in order to keep from overrunning its budget to boost the number of electric cars on the road.