Amazon is buying 40 electric vans for deliveries in Munich as part of its effort to reach carbon neutrality in 20 years. Deutsche Post's StreetScooter unit, which is selling the vans to Amazon, has set up 60 charging stations at an Amazon fulfillment center near the city.
The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing weakening the Clean Water Act and other safeguards despite widespread fears over the quality of the nation's drinking water, writes John Rumpler of Environment America. A congressional resolution proposed by Reps. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., and Chris Pappas, D-N.H., condemns the moves and could help the American people hold their representatives accountable, he writes.
The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District experienced six combined wastewater overflows in 2018, pouring 1.2 billion gallons of stormwater and untreated wastewater into the waterways that feed into Lake Michigan. Inadequate spending on infrastructure and stronger storms are exacerbating the problem, says Joel Brammeier, president and CEO of the Alliance for the Great Lakes.
Research suggests that leaders with high levels of discipline and love have better-performing teams and less turnover than leaders who try to please or rule over employees, writes John Eades, CEO of LearnLoft. "Leaders whose style is to elevate their employees report having high-performing teams at rates better than all other styles combined," he writes.
The inventory of drilled but uncompleted wells across US oilfields declined by 10% to 7,574 between May and November 2019, the steepest drop since 2016, providing fresh evidence of a shale slowdown. Reduced shale activity threatens to hurt oilfield services companies unless they swiftly turn their focus to other markets.
Microsoft has set a goal to become "carbon negative" by the end of the decade, and to offset all the carbon it has emitted since 1975, when the company launched, by 2050. It will do so by converting all of its operations to renewable energy, investing in electric vehicles and incentivizing emissions reductions throughout its supply chain.
US refiners, including Phillips 66 and Valero, are poised to receive 2.4 million short tons of high-sulfur fuel oil this month, mainly from Russia and the Baltic states, for processing into gasoline, diesel and gasoil. HSFO serves as a substitute for Venezuelan and Iranian crude oil barrels that have been removed from the global market by US sanctions.
A 25% tariff on US liquefied natural gas will continue to discourage Chinese buyers from substantially increasing purchases of the fuel despite the Chinese government's pledge to boost purchases of US energy by $52.4 billion. "We expect the Chinese government to remove, reduce or approve tariff exemption before incremental LNG imports from the US can be meaningful," said IHS Markit's Jenny Yang.
The oil and natural gas industry is prioritizing climate action and actively working to curb emissions through innovation and technology, said Texas Oil and Gas Association President Todd Staples. One industry initiative, the American Petroleum Institute's Environmental Partnership, already has 70 members who are collaborating to reduce the industry's environmental footprint and championing responsible production, Staples added.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is putting his state on the path to national offshore wind leadership by investing in the industry on multiple fronts, including this year's planned auction for an additional 1 gigawatt of capacity and the formation of the $20 million Offshore Wind Training Institute. "We're building more renewable energy projects than any state in the United States of America," he said during his State of the State address.
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