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Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Surging European natural gas and power prices are spilling into the debate over European Unions' plans to implement a suite of aggressive climate policies.

Driving the news: "Had we had the Green Deal five years earlier, we would not be in this position because then we would have less dependence on fossil fuels and on natural gas," Frans Timmermans, a top European Commission official on climate, told a European Parliament meeting Tuesday.

  • His comments come via Reuters and others' reporting on the fallout from the price spikes in Europe's tight gas market.

Yes, but: A Politico piece on the topic notes that "concerns over a popular backlash" were evident at the parliament meeting as the bloc debates measures aimed at cutting emissions 55% below 1990 levels by 2030.

  • The story explores complaints by Polish officials about EU carbon policies.
  • However, Timmermans, via that story and several others, emphasized that only a small amount of rising power bills can be attributed to rising carbon prices in the bloc's emissions trading market.
  • A hat-tip to Carbon Brief's morning news roundup for flagging this coverage.

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Biden admin announces tougher fuel mileage standards

Photo: Elijah Nouvelage/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The Environmental Protection Agency said Monday it will tighten pollution standards for cars and light trucks in an attempt to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from automobiles.

Why it matters: Transportation overall is the largest source of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, so tougher standards for passenger vehicles are a major part of efforts to curb CO2 output.

Visualizing the climate stakes of Build Back Better's downfall

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Data: REPEAT Project; Chart: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

A report from the Princeton-led REPEAT Project examines the scope of Democratic energy legislation in the Build Back Better Act that's on the brink of collapse.

By the numbers: The analysis projects the impact of the more than $300 billion in expanded tax incentives for deploying low-emissions tech, and other climate-related provisions that push the total even higher.

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Health care workers hit new breaking point

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The ranks of health care workers are dwindling and stretching what it means to be reaching their "breaking points," particularly at small nonprofit hospitals.

The big picture: Even as Omicron cases have begun to wane in some places, many hospitals are still fielding a crush of patients amid record employee callouts.