Nearly 1 out of every 10 new cars sold globally last year was an electric vehicle, according to a recent analysis. In the United States, less than 6 percent of new cars sold in 2022 were fully electric vehicles, putting the country significantly behind Europe and China. But that’s still nearly double the fraction of EV sales the U.S. saw in 2021.
Continuing to run the United States’ 210 coal-fired power plants isn’t just bad for the climate; it’s uneconomical. According to an analysis released this week, it is now so expensive to keep 99 percent of the country’s coal-fired power plants online that it would be cheaper to simply replace them with new wind and solar operations.
In a victory for the United States’ most visited wilderness area, the Biden administration has approved a 20-year ban on new mining activity across more than 225,000 acres of federal land in Minnesota’s Superior National Forest, in and around the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. A federal review released last year found that mining could damage the region’s forests, lakes, and food systems.