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What retiring Rep. Fred Upton thinks about the future of energy policy

Retiring Rep. Fred Upton has been a major player in the energy and climate space for years, previously chairing the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee and soon leaving behind a record of bipartisan legislation. The Michigan Republican sat down with POLITICO Energy‘s Josh Siegel to reflect on Upton’s 36-year tenure in the House, what he thinks about the current energy crisis and what a GOP-led House could do on energy policy. Josh Siegel is an energy reporter for POLITICO. Rep. Fred Upton represents Michigan’s 6th congressional district in Congress.Nirmal Mulaikal is a POLITICO audio host-producer.Raghu Manavalan is a senior editor for POLITICO audio.Jenny Ament is the executive producer of POLITICO’s audio department.

13mins

1 Dec 2022

Rank #1

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Could regenerative agriculture generate a bipartisan Farm Bill breakthrough?

Starting next year, Congress will need to pass the farm bill, a large funding bill renewed every five years that has a major impact on the agriculture industry and farmers' livelihoods. Democrats are fighting to make farming more climate-friendly - a proposition Republicans are likely to reject. A farming practice called regenerative agriculture might satisfy both parties’ interests. POLITICO’s Garrett Downs explains regenerative agriculture and its bipartisan appeal. Plus, the Treasury Department has unveiled labor guidance for companies seeking clean energy tax credits under the Inflation Reduction Act. Josh Siegel is an energy reporter for POLITICO. Garrett Downs is a food and agriculture reporter for POLITICO.Nirmal Mulaikal is a POLITICO audio host-producer.Raghu Manavalan is a senior editor for POLITICO audio.Jenny Ament is the executive producer of POLITICO’s audio department.

8mins

30 Nov 2022

Rank #2

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How Tulsa, Oklahoma embodies the U.S. struggle to mitigate climate risk

While billions of new federal tax dollars are earmarked to help people leave climate vulnerable areas, a POLITICO investigation found that those programs often fail because of inconsistencies and bureaucracy. But Washington needs to create a solution soon since the impact of natural disasters on real estate, public infrastructure, and insurance is increasing. POLITICO’s Zack Colman discusses how the city of Tulsa, Oklahoma has tried to mitigate the risk and if the federal government is ready to confront how climate change is impacting housing. Plus, the Interior Department proposed a new rule aimed at reducing the venting and flaring of methane from oil and gas production on federal lands. Josh Siegel is an energy reporter for POLITICO. Zack Colman covers climate change for POLITICO. Nirmal Mulaikal is a POLITICO audio host-producer.Raghu Manavalan is a senior editor for POLITICO audio.Jenny Ament is the executive producer of POLITICO’s audio department.

8mins

29 Nov 2022

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Crucial deadlines loom for Puerto Rico’s power system

Puerto Rico’s fragile power system, which is still recovering from multiple hurricanes and years of electricity problems, faces important deadlines this week that could determine which entities are responsible for restoring the grid. POLITICO’S Gloria Gonzalez breaks down how the grid operator and Puerto Rico’s government are responding, and why the island’s power grid faces an uncertain future. Kelsey Tamborrino is a reporter covering clean energy.Gloria Gonzalez is the Deputy Energy Editor at POLITICO Pro.Nirmal Mulaikal is a POLITICO audio host-producer.Raghu Manavalan is a senior editor for POLITICO audio.Jenny Ament is the executive producer of POLITICO’s audio department.

9mins

28 Nov 2022

Rank #4

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How a stalled Minnesota mining project challenges Biden’s clean energy goals

Beneath the northeastern Minnesota woods lie massive deposits of copper, nickel and cobalt that the Twin Metals company wants to mine. Mining those critical minerals would help the clean energy industry grow to meet the Biden administration’s climate change goals. But the administration has rejected plans to build the mine because of risks to the environmentally sensitive site – a decision that has drawn charges of hypocrisy from Republicans. POLITICO’s Catherine Morehouse breaks down the politics behind the stalled Minnesota mining project. Plus, the Biden administration has approved an oil export terminal in the Gulf of Mexico over some local environmental and public health concerns. Josh Siegel is an energy reporter for POLITICO. Catherine Morehouse is an energy reporter for POLITICO. Nirmal Mulaikal is a POLITICO audio host-producer.Raghu Manavalan is a senior editor for POLITICO audio.Jenny Ament is the executive producer of POLITICO’s audio department.

8mins

23 Nov 2022

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Inside California’s new climate change strategy

Last week, California’s air quality regulation agency laid out steps for the state to reach carbon neutrality by 2045 that lean on clean energy, driving, carbon capture, and forestry. However, state officials have acknowledged that some of those goals are potentially unreachable, and environmental groups have argued that the plan isn't doing enough. POLITICO’s Camille von Kaenel breaks down the takeaways from California's new climate plan and what greens are asking for. Plus, EPA has floated a significant increase to the contested social cost of carbon.  Josh Siegel is an energy reporter for POLITICO. Camille von Kaenel is a Calfironia environmental reporter for POLITICO.Nirmal Mulaikal is a POLITICO audio host-producer.Raghu Manavalan is a senior editor for POLITICO audio.Jenny Ament is the executive producer of POLITICO’s audio department.

9mins

22 Nov 2022

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Countries reach historic ‘loss and damage’ agreement at COP27

The United Nations climate change conference, COP27, finished Sunday with a historic deal to create a global loss and damage fund. That new pool of money would be collected from richer nations that have historically contributed to climate change and distributed to countries that have already suffered irreversible climate damage. But, even though the agreement was considered a huge win, climate advocates still weren’t totally pleased since the final text also included a nod to natural gas. POLITICO Europe’s Karl Mathiesen breaks down his main takeaways from COP27, the details of this historic deal, and how climate advocates are reacting. Josh Siegel is an energy reporter for POLITICO. Karl Mathiesen is the senior climate correspondent for POLITICO Europe. Nirmal Mulaikal is a POLITICO audio host-producer.Raghu Manavalan is a senior editor for POLITICO audio.Jenny Ament is the executive producer of POLITICO’s audio department.

9mins

21 Nov 2022

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EPA issues permitting hurdles for troubled U.S. Virgin Island refinery

The Environmental Protection Agency announced on Thursday that a troubled oil refinery on St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands, which shut down last year after raining oil droplets on the island's majority-Black residents, may take years to meet new permitting requirements to restart operations. POLITICO’s Alex Guillén breaks down the backstory of the plant, what EPA says needs to be done before it can restart, and the Biden administration’s environmental justice concerns. Plus, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation says that the U.S. power grid faces 'unprecedented' reliability risks this winter.  Josh Siegel is an energy reporter for POLITICO. Alex Guillén is an energy reporter for POLITICO Pro. Nirmal Mulaikal is a POLITICO audio host-producer.Raghu Manavalan is a senior editor for POLITICO audio.Jenny Ament is the executive producer of POLITICO’s audio department.

8mins

18 Nov 2022

Rank #8

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The EU is now open to a climate damage fund. Is the U.S.?

At the climate change talks in Egypt on Wednesday, the European Union signaled openness to discussing the creation of a new loss and damage fund. The fund, which developing nations have been calling for, would create a new pool of money to disburse to poor countries that have suffered irreversible climate damage. After the EU’s new stance, the spotlight is now on the United States, which has been less clear on its position. POLITICO’s Zack Colman breaks down the state of negotiations for the loss and damage fund and if the European Union’s new stance shifts the momentum. Plus, EPA’s watchdog has launched two probes into the Jackson water crisis. And, Ukraine has warned its allies that it may not be able to recover from more Russian attacks on the country’s energy systems. Josh Siegel is an energy reporter for POLITICO. Zack Colman covers climate change for POLITICO. Nirmal Mulaikal is a POLITICO audio host-producer.Raghu Manavalan is a senior editor for POLITICO audio.Jenny Ament is the executive producer of POLITICO’s audio department.

6mins

17 Nov 2022

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What a split Congress means for energy, climate policy

With Democrats controlling the Senate and Republicans likely holding a majority in the House during the next term of Congress, POLITICO’s Ben Lefebvre and host Josh Siegel discuss 4 main energy policy areas to watch for: permitting, oversight, smaller opportunities for bipartisan collaboration, and the fight over Biden’s climate regulatory agenda. Plus, New York is considering a cap-and-invest program to meet its 2050 emissions target. Josh Siegel is an energy reporter for POLITICO. Ben Lefebvre is an energy reporter for POLITICO. Nirmal Mulaikal is a POLITICO audio host-producer.Raghu Manavalan is a senior editor for POLITICO audio.Jenny Ament is the executive producer of POLITICO’s audio department.

7mins

16 Nov 2022

Rank #10