Why a Democratic-leaning union is challenging Biden’s electric vehicle revolution

“UAW members feel abandoned by the Democratic Party,” former UAW President Bob King said in an interview, citing President Bill Clinton’s signing of the North American Free Trade Agreement and the failure of Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act to ensure that clean energy funds flow to union workers. “I think there’s a segment of the Democratic … Read more

Extremists keep trying to trigger mass blackouts — and that’s not even the scariest part

A POLITICO analysis of federal data and interviews with a dozen security, extremism and electricity experts revealed that despite a record surge in attacks on the grid nationwide, communication gaps between law enforcement and state and federal regulators have left many officials largely in the dark about the extent of the threat. They have also … Read more

Trump’s border wall caused ‘significant’ cultural, environmental damage, watchdog finds

Trump’s campaign could not immediately be reached for a response on Thursday. The report found that vehicle barriers in remote areas were changed to pedestrian barriers, which makes migration more difficult, including for endangered species like wolves, ocelots and the Sonoran pronghorn, an antelope-like animal. The bigger barriers also had larger footprints and often included … Read more

The Great Salt Lake is shrinking rapidly, and Utah has failed to stop it, a lawsuit contends

The lake first hit a record low in the summer of 2021, fueling renewed attention from Utah’s Republican-led Legislature. But lawmakers’ actions have not been enough to assuage the concerns of a coalition that includes Earthjustice, the Utah Rivers Council and Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment, among others. The risks of a diminished Great … Read more

As Africa opens a climate summit, poor weather forecasting keeps the continent underprepared

Europe has 345 radar facilities. North America, 291. “The continent, at large, is in a climate risk blind spot,” said Asaf Tzachor, a researcher at the Center for the Study of Existential Risk at the University of Cambridge. In August, he and colleagues warned in a commentary for the journal Nature that climate change will … Read more

How the power grid survived a hot, hot summer

New wind turbines, solar panels and batteries played a major role in propping up the grid on the hottest days, but natural gas and coal plants remained a bedrock. Grid operators and utilities say they’re better prepared than in past years for extreme weather. And a dash of luck played a role, suggesting that the … Read more

The summer from hell was just a warning

The weather extremes are costly, deadly and probably coming faster and faster — but, perhaps even more worrying, they should not come as a surprise. “There’s not a ‘weird’ acceleration happening” in the Earth’s climate, said Noah Diffenbaugh, a scientist at Stanford University. “There’s an expected acceleration happening.” The impacts have crept into the corners … Read more