Metric analysis

Trump-appointed judge blocks Biden’s climate measure

WEATHER: A federal judge on Friday blocked an executive order from Biden restoring the social cost of carbonsaying it prevents states from levying royalties on fossil fuels. (E&E News)

• Economist says decision, which brings metric down to Trump administration level of $7 a ton, “effectively removes all climate regulation teeth.” (The Guardian)
• A lawyer questions the judge’s decision, saying the social cost of carbon is not a settlement subject to review by the courtsjust a metric used in analysis. (E&E News, subscription)

EQUITY: House Democrats moving forward with hearings on legislation protecting environmental justice communities while other climate measures stagnate. (E&E News)

Analysts say the importance of electric vehicle commercials during the Super Bowl reflect a turning point in the transition away from fossil fuels. (voice)
More than 500 groups and individuals submitted comments on a Biden administration plan to spend $7.5 billion on electric vehicle charging. (E&E News)

UTILITIES: FirstEnergy Ohio Utility settles a series of shareholder lawsuits seeking corporate reform in the wake of the HB 6 bribery scandal, agreeing to six long-serving board members not standing for re-election, among other commitments. (Associated Press)

GRID: California regulators approve addition plan 25.5 GW of renewable generation and 15 GW of storage and load shedding resources to the network by 2032. (Reuters)

Public documents reveal West Virginia power plant buying coal from Senator Joe Manchin’s family business hasn’t paid rent for a decade. (E&E News)
Utah regulators are ordering the state’s only surface coal mine to shut down and begin permanent cleanup work in March if it closes. fails to post a $13.4 million reclamation bond. (Salt Lake Tribune)
Wyoming lawmakers propose bill to discourage coal plant shutdowns by requiring utilities install carbon capture equipment about facilities that need to be decommissioned or sell the plant to a buyer who would. (Casper Star-Tribune)

EFFICIENCY: Rhode Island climate activists are criticizing Governor Dan McKee’s plan to divert energy efficiency funds to pay the state’s climate board. (Energy Information Network)

PIPES: Army Corps of Engineers signals it won’t make decision on key water permit for Mountain Valley pipeline until he has considered a notice from the Fish and Wildlife Service it needs to be redone. (Roanoke Times)

A federal judge illegally runs the Bureau of Land Management did not consider impacts to the at-risk Gunnison sage-grouse when issuing oil and gas leases in southwestern Colorado, but stops short of canceling the leases. (Grand Junction Sentinel)
Biden administration asks federal appeals court to overturn last year’s order end its oil and gas leasing hiatus on public lands. (E&E News, subscription)

• A union leader says more jobs in the clean energy sector should be unionized to continue investing in the workforce and raising wages. (Energy Information Network)
A California editorial board warns it could be years before officials know if the Salton Sea region will be the “Saudi Arabia of lithium” as the national media predicted. (Desert Sun)