Daily News Briefs, January 13, 2022

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Detroit-Windsor Tunnel Advances ESG Initiative By Enrolling In Green Power Program

American Roads’ Detroit-Windsor Tunnel (DWT) announced that it has enrolled in DTE Energy’s MIGreenPower program to start using more wind- and solar-generated power and to support development of new clean energy projects. DWT enrolled at a ten-percent level and has a goal of increasing enrollment to 100 percent by 2030. The move is part of an environmental, social and governance initiative DWT launched in 2020. American Roads executive Kyle Krukowski noted in a blog post, “The tunnel’s MIGreenPower enrollment was partially driven by the Net Zero goal of our parent company, DIF Capital Partners, as well as our own internal motivation. We’ve taken it upon ourselves to determine the best approach for reducing our carbon footprint and greenifying anywhere we can.” According to DTE Energy, MIGreenPower is one of the top three voluntary renewable energy programs in the US, and enrollees include Ford, GM and the University of Michigan.

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FY 2022 Budget Impasse Is Impeding IIJA Implementation

Roll Call reports, “The chairman of the House Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee is warning that implementation of [the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA)] could be held up if lawmakers don’t reach an agreement on fiscal 2022 spending. ‘I think it’s a very serious matter,” Representative David Price (D-NC 4) told Roll Call. “People of course are focused on the prospect of a shutdown, but as a matter of fact the continuing resolution is also debilitating and certainly shouldn’t be anything more than a stopgap solution.” Price’s concerns are shared by the USDOT officials who are trying to implement the IIJA “despite operating under a continuing resolution through Feb. 18.”

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US Weather Disasters Had A Record $145 Billion Economic Impact In 2021

CNN (via East Bay Times) reports, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 20 of last year’s US weather and climate disasters cost at least $1 billion each, and together accounted for $145 billion in damages and expenses. The loss in both money and lives broke records. “2021 was, in essence, watching the climate projections of the past come true,” climate scientist Rachel Licker told CNN. ‘The fingerprints of climate change were all over many of the billion-dollar events that hit the US this year.” A NOAA climatologist attributed the recent increase in disaster impacts to several factors, including “a rise in population and assets in harm’s way and increased vulnerability given where and how structures are built.”

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