Monday's energy & environment stories

Biden administration approves massive solar energy project in California

A solar farm in California. Photo: Sam Lafoca/Construction Photography/Avalon/Getty Images

The Interior Department announced Monday that it has approved a massive solar energy project on California's public lands.

Why it matters: The $550 million project will produce enough energy to power nearly 90,000 homes.

Severe weather, tornadoes threaten Southern states

This weekend's extreme weather conditions, that included damaging thunderstorms and tornadoes in several Southern states, will continue through the first half of this week, reports the Washington Post.

Why it matters: More than 100 million Americans are facing an "elevated threat of thunderstorms" on Monday, some of which could prove severe, per the Post.

Eleven Madison Park, restaurant with 3 Michelin stars, to go meatless

Head chef Daniel Humm at Eleven Madison Park in 2008. Photo: Chris Goodney/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Daniel Humm, the chef at Eleven Madison Park, one of New York's lauded fine-dining institutions, announced Monday that the restaurant will go meatless upon its June reopening.

Why it matters: Humm cited environmental concerns as one of the motivating factors for the change, stating, the "current food system is simply not sustainable, in so many ways."

Ben Geman, author of Generate
May 3, 2021 - Energy & Environment

EPA moves to phase down powerful greenhouse gas

EPA Administrator Michael Regan. Photo: Joshua Roberts/Getty Images

The Environmental Protection Agency Monday morning floated draft regulations to sharply phase down planet-warming gases used in air conditioning and refrigeration over the next 15 years.

Why it matters: The plan is designed to cut production and importation of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), which are highly potent greenhouse gases, by 85% by 2036.

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To combat climate change, electric cars have to be cheaper

Illustration: Rae Cook/Axios

Most drivers of electric cars are wealthy, and most electric cars are luxury.

Why it matters: To effectively combat climate change, the opposite needs to happen: electric cars need to become affordable and broadly appealing so the masses can and want to buy them. Only with mass adoption will heat-trapping emissions steeply decline in America’s most polluting sector.