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August 14, 2023 - Your Scoop in CDR!

DOE Fact Sheet on supporting CDR to remove GHGs DOE’s Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management (FECM) is announcing new actions and is coordinating with multiple offices across DOE and other federal agencies to accelerate carbon dioxide removal technologies across the entire innovation chain—from research, development, and demonstration to commercialization, and deployment—in support of achieving President Biden’s goal of achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. On August 11, 2023, DOE announced the first round of selections for the Bipartisan Infrastructure Lawfunded regional direct air capture hubs. Two selected projects will build hubs in Louisiana and Texas, and 19 additional projects will help advance future direct air capture hubs in regions across the country by assessing the feasibility and conducting front-end engineering design studies. Direct air capture hubs have the capacity to capture at least one million metric tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere annually and store it deep underground or in products like concrete.

Biden's EV labor clash - Snacks - Sherwood Media Tensions are mounting between the 150K-member United Auto Workers union and the Detroit Three automakers (GM, Ford, Stellantis) as the parties negotiate a new contract. Central to the talks is the EV transition and what it means for workers — a conflict that could pit two of President Biden’s top priorities (green tech and pro-labor policy) against each other. The main issue: most EV-battery plants aren’t unionized. Meanwhile, Biden wants two-thirds of all new cars to be electric by 2032

I would like to point out that Biden’s White House supported union jobs in the auto industry when he called for the Infrastructure Investments and Jobs Act to give rebates on American made EVs making the Chevy Bolt the only qualified car at the time. The battery aspect is complex and has caused all sorts of issues in allowing consumers to understand what vehicles qualify for rebates since many were disqualified based on the origin of the EV batteries. This is an issue worth watching.

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