Energy quick reads

** A major bridge in the US city of Baltimore collapsed early Tuesday after being struck by a container ship, sending multiple vehicles and people plunging into the frigid harbor below. Dramatic footage showed a 300-meter vessel hitting the Francis Scott Key Bridge, bringing the steel-built structure crashing into the Patapsco River.

** An aluminum company has singled out northeastern Kentucky as its preferred site for a new aluminum smelter that would bring about 1,000 permanent jobs to an Appalachian region hard hit by the loss of coal and steel production, Gov. Andy Beshear said Monday.

** Climate change-induced warming may be jeopardizing the survival of honey bee colonies in the Pacific Northwest, a new study has found.

** A 19-year-old man died Monday at a lineman college campus in Northern California after he fell from a utility pole that “failed” during a training session, police said.

** Nearly half of American prisons are located downstream from water sources that are likely contaminated with cancer-linked “forever chemicals,” a new study has found.

** A Texas man died after he became stuck in a municipal water tank in western Wisconsin as he was cleaning sediment from the tank, authorities said.  The worker was in scuba gear and a wet suit and had been cleaning the tank with a 90-foot suction tube for about 45 minutes Saturday afternoon in the city about 125 miles (201 kilometers) northwest of Madison, police said.

** The City of Berkeley has settled a lawsuit by the California Restaurant Association to repeal that city’s first-in-the-nation ban on gas hookups in new construction, dealing a final blow to more than a hundred similar measures in California cities including Sacramento.

** A massive cleanup operation is underway along I-70 in western Kansas to remove vehicles stranded during the weekend snow storm.

** Florida’s high-speed rail system, Brightline, is seeking up to $3.2 billion new capital from lenders to refinance its outstanding debt, according to people with knowledge of the matter.


** Rising global temperatures are associated with inflation in food prices, both in regions that are already hotter and in countries outside the tropics like the U.S., according to a study published in the journal.

** The Yemen-based Houthi militants renewed their threats against Saudi Arabia, warning it not to support US strikes against the group. The Saudi government led a US-backed military campaign against the Houthis starting in 2015.

** Exxon Mobil Corp. pressed the case for hydrogen produced from natural gas to receive US tax credits under the Inflation Reduction Act after signing an accord to sell the low-carbon fuel to JERA Co., Japan’s biggest power provider.