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Biden administration delays new solar tariffs amid controversial probe, climate hawks go all-in on midterms and gas prices rise another 25 cents in a week.

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Biden delays solar tariffs to boost industry

President Biden on Monday signed an executive order that will exempt Southeast Asian nations from all new tariffs on solar panels for two years in a bid to boost the solar industry, which is being plagued by an ongoing Commerce Department investigation.

  • The White House said in a briefing that Biden would establish a “24-month hold-up” on certain solar imports from Cambodia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam.
  • The government said it will waive tariffs “to ensure the U.S. has access to an adequate supply of solar panels to meet power generation needs while domestic production expands.”

How we got here: The Commerce Department is investigating whether solar panel suppliers in Southeast Asia are being used to evade US tariffs on Chinese solar companies, an investigation that began in March after a complaint by California-based Auxin Solar.

  • Though the investigation is ongoing, Monday’s measures will help ease concerns in the solar sector, which is currently heavily dependent on imports.
  • The investigation led to the cancellation of hundreds of solar projects in the US amid fears it could result in retrospective tariffs of up to 250 percent on imported equipment.

“Multiple Factors”: In a proclamation released later Monday, Biden said that “several factors threaten the ability of the United States to provide sufficient power generation to meet anticipated customer demand” when outlining the decision to order the 24-month pause on new tariffs .

On a call with reporters, a senior administration official said Biden was exercising his powers under the Tariff Act and said the action was the result of a cross-agency legal team.

But wait, there’s more: Biden also invoked the Defense Production Act to expand U.S. production of solar panel parts, building installations, heat pumps, power grid infrastructure and equipment used to produce clean energy generated fuels, according to the factsheet.

  • Biden has used Cold War-era authority in a variety of ways, including boosting domestic production of baby formula amid a nationwide shortage.
  • “Together, these measures will boost domestic manufacturing, push it further, as we have seen in the first year and a half of this administration,” the senior government official said. “This will give wind to construction projects across the country.”

Read more from The Hill’s Morgan Chalfant.

Climate groups coordinate $100 million in ad spend

A coalition of environmental groups on Monday announced a $100 million publicity campaign ahead of a mid-election season increasingly hostile to congressional Democrats.

The groups will invest the money in federal and state candidates with aggressive climate policy proposals, including reaching out to voters who see climate as a top issue and risk losing the election.

Who is involved: The initiative, the Climate Votes Project, will include groups including Climate Power Action, Climate Reality Action Fund, Environmental Defense Fund Action Vote, League of Conservation Voters Victory Fun, Natural Resources Defense Council Action Votes and NextGen PAC.

  • The coalition, first reported by CNN, will also use the funds for ads targeting candidates receiving significant funding from the fossil fuel industry and those opposed to aggressive climate action, according to an announcement by the organizations .

How we got here: The Build Back Better package of measures signed by the Biden administration includes a number of aggressive climate measures but was seemingly doomed in December after Sen. Joe Manchin (DW.Va.) announced he would not support it.

As a bipartisan group of senators continues to meet to discuss a potentially smaller climate package, activists and candidates such as Pennsylvania Governor John Fetterman, who recently won the state’s Democratic Senate primary, have called for more progressive Democrats to enter the Senate to choose to bypass the need for Manchin’s approval.

  • Pete Maysmith, senior vice president of campaigns at the League of Conservation Voters Victory Fund, told The Hill that the coalition will seek to win back the enthusiasm of voters who rank climate as a top issue but may have lost faith since the 2020 election have lost.
  • Despite advances such as re-joining the Paris Climate Agreement, Maysmith told The Hill, “We still push for climate governance to be done through reconciliation… It doesn’t have to be just for political reasons, for the sake of science, for the sake of justice, for the sake of life experience.”

Read more about the campaign here.

GAS PRICES JUMP BY 25 CENTS IN A WEEK

The average price of gasoline in the US has risen 25 cents in just one week, adding to the headaches for consumers and the Biden administration.

  • On Monday, the average national price was about $4.87 a gallon, according to the AAA, up from $4.62 just a week ago.
  • Over the past month, prices are up 59 cents from an average of $4.28 a month ago.

AAA attributed the renewed increase to strong demand. Global demand was said to be outstripping supply, while recent “robust” voyages continue Memorial Day weekend also drove demand in the US

  • The Midwest saw the largest price increases over the past week, with prices up 45 cents in Michigan, 41 cents in Illinois and 41 cents in Indiana, AAA found.
  • Meanwhile, prices themselves were the highest in California, averaging $6.34 per gallon.

In general, prices have been boosted by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Recently, the country’s reduced refining capacity has also come into focus as refiners that convert crude oil into gasoline switch to other profitable fuels such as diesel and jet fuel, which have also risen in price.

Read more about the increase here.

ON TAP TOMORROW

  • The Commission for Security and Cooperation in Europe, made up of both lawmakers and administrators, will hold a hearing entitled “European Energy Security after Russia”.
  • The Senate Agriculture, Food and Forestry Committee will hold a hearing on drought resilience of forests and farmland
  • Another series of primary elections will take place, including in Montana, where former Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke will compete against other Republicans for a seat in the House of Representatives

WHAT WE READ

  • How the White House lost Joe Manchin and his plan to change America (The Washington Post)
  • 9th Circuit Court Blocks Fracking Permits Off California Coast (The Los Angeles Times)
  • Colorado will lose half its snow by 2080 and look more like Arizona, federal scientists conclude (The Denver Post)
  • As California’s major cities fail to rein in their water use, rural communities are already tapping (CNN)
  • Army Corps blocks mine near Okefenokee, quotes Muscogee Creek Nation (Savannah Morning News)

And finally, something fancy and offbeat: Another one!

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