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Today we look at the Biden administration’s proposed truck pollution rule, Congressional proposals for a ban on Russian energy imports and a record high for national average gas prices.

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Buses, trucks targeted for pollution reduction

The Biden administration announced on Monday that it is proposing a new rule that would aim to reduce pollution generated by heavy vehicles, including buses and trucks.

The administration is seeking to reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides — which can contribute to asthma and other lung conditions — from new heavy-duty vehicles by up to 90% by 2031 compared to current standards.

If finalized, this action by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would be the first update to current regulations in 20 years, and the White House has said the measure will have significant health impacts. public.

According to a White House fact sheet, the rule would prevent about 2,000 premature deaths as well as 6,700 hospital and emergency room visits. It would also result in 18,000 fewer cases of childhood asthma, the White House said.

What else? Meanwhile, the EPA said the rule should also set updated greenhouse gas standards for certain types of commercial vehicles – a measure aimed at mitigating climate change.

The transportation sector is the largest contributor to climate change in the United States, accounting for 29% of global warming emissions. Fossil fuels burned by vehicles are also major contributors to air pollution, which can have adverse effects on human health.

Monday’s announcement is just the first of several steps the administration has taken to reduce pollution from medium and heavy-duty vehicles.

MORE SOON

In a speech announcing the final steps, EPA Administrator Michael ReganMichael ReganArmed intruder arrested at Joint Base Andrews after Harris returns called Monday’s announcement “just the first step in the EPA’s three-part plan” to get to a zero-emissions cargo sector.

He said the agency would aim to reduce air and climate pollution from medium-duty vehicles in its second stage.

In its third step, the agency will set “new and significantly tougher” greenhouse gas standards for heavy-duty vehicles from the 2030 model year.

“We are taking this three-step approach because the freight and trucking industry is large and complex and because we cannot afford the health, environmental injustice and climate consequences,” he said.

The administration said it plans to take Monday’s action in two ways.

Under the first option, it would raise the nitrogen oxide standards for the 2027 model year and again for the 2031 model year. Under the second option, it would only tighten the standards in 2027.

Learn more about the proposal here.

Trade lawmakers propose ban on Russian energy

The Democratic and Republican leaders of the two congressional trade policy committees reached agreement on Monday on a bill to ban energy imports and suspend normal trade relations with Russia and Belarus.

The chairmen and senior members of the House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee said in a statement Monday that they would soon introduce a bill to ban imports of Russian energy products. The bill would also give President BidenJoe BidenArmed intruder arrested at Joint Base Andrews after Harris returns Capitol Police issue emergency statement regarding Harris truck convoy in Selma: ‘We won’t let setbacks stop us’ MORE authority to raise tariffs and impose other trade barriers for goods from Russia and Belarus, compel the White House to advocate for Russia’s withdrawal from the World Trade Organization and oppose membership from Belarus to the organization.

“Taking these steps will send a clear message to Putin that his war is unacceptable and that the United States stands firmly with our NATO allies,” the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee said. Richard NealRichard Edmund NealBottom line Senate Democrats urge Biden to get beefed up child tax credit in Pelosi spending deal: Build Back Better may need to be ‘more limited’, renamed MORE (D-Mass.), Ways and Means Rep. Kevin BradyRepublican-backed Kevin Patrick BradyMcCarthy wins disputed Texas House primary Five takeaways from Texas primaries Republican rep won’t run for Senate, hopes to become ways and means president: MORE report (R-Texas), Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenCongress assesses legal ways to punish Russia The Hill’s Morning Report – Russo-Ukrainian War Enters Deadly Second Week (D-Ore.) and financial ranking member Sen. Mike CrapoMichael (Mike) Dean CrapoThe Hill’s 12:30 p.m. Report: Lost dog follows senator around Capitol Hill Sanders calls on Democrats to bring drug pricing bill to Senate Congress should close the book on failure to the minimum tax on the book PLUS (R-Idaho) in a statement.

“While Congress must do more, as Congressional leaders with jurisdiction over our nation’s trade policy, we pledge to use the tools at our disposal to end Russia’s impermissible and unjust war on Ukraine and to hold Belarus accountable for its involvement.”

The background: Biden is under increasing pressure from lawmakers and leaders of both parties to ban imports of Russian energy and target a major source of wealth for the Kremlin. While Russia’s economy has already begun to collapse under sanctions imposed by the United States and its allies, its oil and gas sector has been largely exempt from sanctions.

US and European leaders have tried to avoid any sanctions that would cause oil and natural gas prices to soar after a year of steep increases. European Union countries are heavily dependent on Russian imports of oil and natural gas, and growing demand for US energy products would also raise prices in the states.

But the White House has opened the door to a ban on Russian energy imports amid growing bipartisan pressure and a relentless assault on Ukraine by the Russian military.

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Average Gasoline Prices Reach Record High: Analysis

National average gas prices hit a record high of just over $4.10 a gallon, according to data from gas pricing analytics platform GasBuddy.

The national average hit $4.104 a gallon on Monday, surpassing the 2008 record of $4.103.

Saturday saw the first occasion since 2008 that the national average topped $4 a gallon.

Friday’s increase was lower than the record single-day increase of 18 cents, but the national average also set a new record for the largest increase over a seven-day period. The previous record, set in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, was 49 cents.

“Americans have never seen gas prices so high, and we’ve never seen the pace of increases so fast and furious. This combination makes this situation all the more remarkable and intense, with crippling sanctions against Russia that are curbing their flow of oil, leading to a massive spike in the price of all fuels: gasoline, diesel, jet fuel and more,” Patrick De Haan, Director of Petroleum Analysis at GasBuddy, said in a statement. communicated.

“The situation is dire and will not improve any time soon. High prices are likely to last not for days or weeks, as they did in 2008, but for months. GasBuddy now expects the annual national average to reach its highest level ever,” he added.

The national average AAA gas price monitor, however, showed the average slightly lower than the record on Monday, at $4.065 a gallon. The day before, the AAA recorded a 10-year high of $4.009, the highest since 2008.

Gas prices were already on the rise before Russia invaded Ukraine, largely due to an increase in demand following the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions. Since the start of the invasion in February, prices have steadily increased.

Learn more about the milestone here.

THE APPOINTMENT FOR TOMORROW

  • The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources will hold a business meeting to consider nominations
  • The House Energy & Commerce Committee will hold a hearing titled “Charging Forward: Securing American Manufacturing and Our EV Future”

WHAT WE READ

  • Inside the FDA’s ‘chemicals forever’ disaster (E&E News)
  • Wind and solar energy produce record amount of electricity in the United States (USA Today)
  • Natural Gas Giant Wages Sneaky War Against Minor Colorado Climate Policy (HuffPost)
  • Agribusiness giants tried to thwart EU deforestation plan after Cop26 pledge (The Guardian)
  • ‘This is unacceptable’: EPA chief visits failing sewage systems in Alabama’s black belt (AL.com)

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