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Graphic via Third Way report on emissions from industrial sector

Emissions from manufacturing plants making essential materials like cement and steel are an overlooked problem in addressing climate change, says a new report released Wednesday by centrist think tank Third Way and two other groups.

Why it matters: Carbon dioxide emissions from the U.S. industrial sector are set to rise nearly 25% by 2050, and they are the hardest to turn green because renewable energy can’t fill the void and the chemical processes themselves are quite carbon-intensive.

"The lesson here is that transitioning the grid to renewables and other low-carbon power sources is helpful in addressing industrial emissions, but it can only do so much. Successfully cutting carbon in this sector will require significant onsite action at these facilities."
— Report by Third Way, AFL-CIO, Council on Competitiveness

By the numbers:

  • If America’s top five manufacturing sectors were their own country, they’d rank ninth in the world in terms of energy used.
  • U.S. industrial emissions are set to increase 23% by 2050, while all other sectors — including transportation, electricity, commercial and residential — are set to decrease over that same time period.

What could be next: The report lays out ways emissions can be cut from manufacturing plants — and create jobs while doing it:

  • Using more energy-efficient technologies, which can range from more efficient light bulbs to installing whole new ways of generating heat to power the chemical processes.
  • Installing technology that can capture carbon dioxide emissions from facilities, which is technically feasible, but not widely commercial available anywhere in the world.

Yes, but: Any changes to the manufacturing sector as it relates to its carbon footprint are unlikely to come about without action in Washington, which doesn’t seem like any time soon.

Go deeper: Read the report.

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Updated 36 mins ago - Politics & Policy

Pelosi appoints GOP Rep. Kinzinger to Jan. 6 committee

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced Sunday that she has appointed Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) to serve on the House select committee investigating the Jan 6. Capitol riot.

Why it matters: Pelosi's announcement comes after she rejected two of the five Republican appointments offered by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.).

USCP chief: Officers testifying before Jan. 6 committee "need to be heard"

Thomas Manger, the new chief of the U.S. Capitol Police, Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

New Capitol Police chief Tom Manger said officers testifying before the Jan. 6 select committee this week "need to be heard."

Driving the news: The select committee's first hearing is set to take place on Tuesday and will feature testimony from law enforcement officers who were subject to some of the worst of violence during the insurrection.

Mike Allen, author of AM
3 hours ago - Politics & Policy

America's "Friendscape" crisis

New research shows Americans have fewer friends than in the past, and are less likely to have a best friend.

  • Why it matters: At a time of excruciating mental and societal stress, this is another sign we're breaking apart. And the friendship drought could get worse with more people working remotely or hybrid-ly.