Taxpayer funds are being used for big renewable projects: Dept. of Energy is offering $15.5 billion for retooling auto factories to make EVs. From Canary Media: “Detroit automakers and their joint-venture partners are building clusters of new factories — from Michigan, Indiana and Ohio, down through Kentucky, and across Tennessee, Georgia and the Carolinas—to assemble…
- India is expanding coal mining. The government has “reopened old coal mines, carved out new ones, and, perhaps most telling, extended contracts to private mining companies for longer periods,” says Karishma Mehrotra in the Washington Post.
- $375 million here; $2 billion there. The Dept. of Energy is lending money to private firms to produce mineral components for electric vehicles, says Jeff St. John of Canary Media.
- A federal public/private partnership is offering $10 million in federal funds for “recycling, reuse and remanufacturing R&D projects.” (Pocket change compared with the above.)
- William McGurn talks sense about East Palestine chemicals in the Wall Street Journal.
- “The force-fed energy transition to renewable fuels is destabilizing the U.S. electric grid,” writes the Wall St. Journal editorial board.
The federal government admits that right now the best (i.e., most cost-effective) way to deal with aged solar panels is to put them in a landfill. The Dept. of Energy is hoping to change that by encouraging recycling panels, but the challenges are severe. A department paper on an “end-of life” action plan says: “Currently…