Energy briefs

** The container ship that caused the deadly collapse of Baltimore’s Francis Scott Key Bridge was refloated at high tide Monday and began slowly moving back to port, guided by several tugboats. Officials have said the Dali will likely remain in the port for a several weeks and undergo temporary repairs before being moved to a shipyard for more substantial repairs.

** The same Biden administration that has shut down oil and gas pipelines across the country now wants to build 3,300 miles of pipelines crisscrossing Iowa, which would draw carbon dioxide from the factories that turn the state’s corn into ethanol and store it underground.

** Electric vehicle maker Fisker plans to shutter its headquarters in southern California as part of an effort to stave off bankruptcy.

** Employees at two Mercedes battery and assembly plants in Alabama vote 56% against joining the United Auto Workers, but the union vows to continue its efforts to organize there and across the Southeast.

** U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, a Montana Democrat, considers joining Republicans challenging the Biden administration’s proposal to end federal coal leasing in the Powder River Basin.

** Former President Donald Trump is alleged to have sought $1 billion from oil executives at Mar-a-Lago for his 2024 campaign. He promised to lift drilling barriers, gas export moratoriums, and pollution regulations. Oil companies risk losing $110 billion in tax breaks if Biden‘s budget is enacted, said The Guardian.

**  Appalachian Power and parent company American Electric Power challenge the U.S. EPA’s new rule to significantly decrease emissions from coal- and new gas-fired power plants, even as they pursue their own climate goals.

** Geoff Moody is senior vice president of American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM), a trade association representing companies like Chevron, ExxonMobil, Koch and others. He said that Biden’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulation “is functionally a ban on sales of most new gas cars by 2032.”


** Russia said on Sunday that Ukraine launched a major 62-drone attack on Russian regions forcing one oil refinery in southern Russia to halt operations, and that Kyiv’s forces had fired U.S., French and Ukrainian missiles at Russian-held territory.

** The Russian Government is set to suspend its temporary ban on gasoline exports as the domestic market is well-supplied, reported Russian daily RBC, citing sources. Russia’s Energy Ministry confirmed the information, the publication added.

** The Philippines blamed Chinese fishermen on Monday for a massive loss of giant clams in a disputed shoal controlled by China’s coast guard in the South China Sea and urged an international inquiry into the amount of environmental damage in the area.