Energy briefs

** The Biden administration on Tuesday announced the sale of 1 million barrels of gasoline in its latest effort to push down the price of gas which largely will impact the northeast United States ahead of Fourth of July travel.

** As the nation sizzles, the Biden administration is proposing the nation’s first-ever standards aimed at protecting workers from extreme heat reports The Hill. If finalized, the proposal would mandate that employers provide rest breaks and access to shade and water for workers who face extreme heat risks.

** The melt rate of a major Alaskan icefield is accelerating and could reach a point of no return much sooner than previously anticipated, a new study has found.

** An oil and gas company plans to reduce emissions from its Pikka drilling project in Alaska by buying offsets and capturing and sequestering carbon from wells, power plants and directly from the air.

** California Gov. Gavin Newsom proposes delaying by two years laws requiring large companies to report greenhouse gas emissions and climate risk exposure.

** Democratic U.S. Congress members join advocates calling on the courts to reconsider an Oregon youths’ climate lawsuit against the federal government after an appeals court tossed the case in May.

** The U.S. Supreme Court orders a lower court to reconsider a 2023 ruling affirming federal regulators’ approval of a solar-plus-storage facility in Montana after overturning the Chevron deference doctrine.

** Rivian reports that it sold more electric vehicles than it manufactured in the last quarter, during which the company also reiterated its plans to build a factory in Georgia.


** Nippon Steel’s vice chairman plans to return to the United States next week again to discuss its proposed acquisition of U.S. Steel, a company spokesperson said on Wednesday.

** Reuters reported that India has asked power companies to order equipment worth $33 billion this year to fast track capacity additions of coal-fired power in the years ahead, as the South Asian nation struggles to meet booming electricity demand, two government officials said.

** A Chinese company with big goals has joined the push for commercial fusion power, which would revolutionize the transition to carbon-free energy production. Energy Singularity has built in Shanghai what is “the world’s first high-temperature superconducting tokamak device,” Interesting Engineering reported.

** After the United States passed new subsidies designed to boost domestic electric vehicle production and cut into Beijing’s supply chain dominance, Chinese manufacturers began investing in an unlikely place: Morocco.

** Indonesia launched its first electric vehicle battery plant on Wednesday, President Joko Widodo said, as Southeast Asian countries move to gain a foothold in the emerging industry.