June 8, 2021

Energy

Joe Biden’s Billion-Dollar ‘If You Build It, They Will Drive’ EV Charger Strategy

American taxpayers subsidize electric vehicles (EVs). American politicians hold press conferences promoting electric cars, too. But the one thing almost nobody in the U.S. is prepared to do? Actually drive them. Of the more than 276 million vehicles registered in the United States, fewer than 1.5 million are plug-in electric vehicles and another 5.4 million are hybrid electric. That’s less than

National

‘A lot of anxiety’ for Democrats as Biden agenda stalls

Hopes for a big infrastructure investment are teetering. An ambitious elections and voting bill is all but dead. Legislation on police brutality, gun control and immigration has stalled out. After six months of Democratic control in Washington, the party’s progressive wing is growing increasingly restless as campaign promises go undone — blocked not only by

Cybercrime

US recovers most of ransom paid after Colonial Pipeline hack

Photo: Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco The Justice Department has recovered most of a multimillion-dollar ransom payment made to hackers after a cyberattack that caused the operator of the nation’s largest fuel pipeline to halt its operations last month, officials said Monday. The operation to recover the cryptocurrency from the Russia-based hacker group is the

Climate Change

Carbon dioxide levels hit 50% higher than preindustrial time

The annual peak of global heat-trapping carbon dioxide in the air has reached another dangerous milestone: 50% higher than when the industrial age began. And the average rate of increase is faster than ever, scientists reported Monday. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said the average carbon dioxide level for May was 419.13 parts per

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