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BIDEN’S CLIMATE PLAN

BIDEN’S CLIMATE PLAN

BIDEN’S CLIMATE PLAN

From coastal towns and rural farms to urban centers, climate change poses an existential threat – not just to our environment, but to our health, our communities, our national security, and our economic well-being. It also damages our communities with storms that wreak havoc on our towns and cities, and our homes and schools. It puts our national security at risk by leading to regional instability that will require U.S military-supported relief activities and could make areas more vulnerable to terrorist activities.

Joe Biden knows there is no greater challenge facing our country and our world. That’s why he is outlining a bold plan – a Clean Energy Revolution – to address this grave threat and lead the world in addressing the climate emergency.

Biden believes the Green New Deal is a crucial framework for meeting the climate challenges we face. It powerfully captures two basic truths, which are at the core of his plan: (1) the United States urgently needs to embrace greater ambition on an epic scale to meet the scope of this challenge, and (2) our environment and our economy are completely and totally connected.

SOURCE: JOEBIDEN.COM/CLIMATE-PLAN

Please go to LAWS & LITIGATION on this website where the three branches of government are covered. You will find information there –within LEGISLATIONEXECUTIVE and JUDICIAL on the CABINET he has assembled, the EXECUTIVE ORDERS he has issued, and more specific actions relating to both the outgoing Trump administration and the incoming Biden administration.

The Washington Post, much as it did for the Trump Administration, is keeping track of Biden’s environmental actions here.

Biden Plan for a Clean Energy Revolution & Environmental Justice | Joe Biden for President

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FACT SHEET: Biden Administration Releases Agency Climate Adaptation and Resilience Plans from Across Federal Government

10/07/21
The Biden-Harris Administration released plans developed by more than 20 federal agencies that outline the steps each agency will take to ensure their facilities and operations adapt to and are increasingly resilient to climate change…

FACT SHEET: Biden Administration Advances the Future of Sustainable Fuels in American Aviation

09/09/21
President Biden is taking steps to coordinate leadership and innovation across the federal government, aircraft manufacturers, airlines, fuel producers, airports, and non-governmental organizations to advance the use of cleaner and more sustainable fuels in American…

Tracking Biden’s environmental actions

02/05/21
After less than a month in office, President Biden has already made climate change a priority across the federal government and started working to overturn more than 100 environmental actions taken by the Trump administration.

MEMORANDUM: on Restoring Trust in Government Through Scientific Integrity and Evidence-Based Policymaking

01/27/21
Scientific and technological information, data, and evidence are central to the development and iterative improvement of sound policies, and to the delivery of equitable programs, across every area of government.  

EXECUTIVE ORDER: on Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad

01/27/21
The United States and the world face a profound climate crisis.  We have a narrow moment to pursue action at home and abroad in order to avoid the most catastrophic impacts of that crisis and…

THE BIDEN PLAN: For a Clean Energy Revolution And Environmental Justice

01/21/21
Joe Biden knows there is no greater challenge facing our country and our world. That’s why he is outlining a bold plan – a Clean Energy Revolution – to address this grave threat and lead…

EXECUTIVE ORDER: Protecting Public Health and Environment and Restoring Science to Tackle Climate Crisis

01/20/21
Our Nation has an abiding commitment to empower our workers and communities; promote and protect our public health and the environment; and conserve our national treasures and monuments, places that secure our national memory.

STATEMENT: Accepting, on Behalf of the United States of America, the Paris Climate Agreement

01/20/21
I, Joseph R. Biden Jr., President of the United States of America, having seen and considered the Paris Agreement, done at Paris on December 12, 2015, do hereby accept the said Agreement and every article…

MORE NEWS

US climate credibility in doubt as legislative wrangles go down to the wire

By Joe Lo   10/21/21  
Ten days before Cop26 climate talks, president Joe Biden’s climate policies are being blocked by coal state senator Joe Manchin, weakening his hand internationally

Major Climate Action at Stake in Fight Over Twin Bills Pending in Congress

By Brad Plumer and Winston Choi-Schagrin  Photo: Doug Mills/The New York Times   10/15/21  
Legislation aimed at infrastructure and social programs also includes big changes in energy, transportation and disaster preparation. They would amount to the most significant climate action ever taken by the United States.
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DOE Awards $20 Million to Help States Deploy Carbon Capture and Storage

10/15/21  
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced $20 million in funding to four projects working to accelerate the regional deployment of carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS). The projects, representing all four corners of…

DOE Invests $61 Million for Smart Buildings that Accelerate Grid Resilience

By Emily Holbrook   10/14/21  
The US Department of Energy (DOE) today announced $61 million for 10 pilot projects that will deploy new technology to transform thousands of homes and workplaces into state-of-the-art, energy-efficient buildings. These Connected Communities can interact…

Biden Administration Plans Wind Farms Along Nearly the Entire U.S. Coastline

By Coral Davenport  Photo: Kayana Szymczak   10/13/21  
The Biden administration announced on Wednesday a plan to develop large-scale wind farms along nearly the entire coastline of the United States, the first long-term strategy from the government to produce electricity from offshore turbines.

Biden reverses Trump cuts to monuments, restoring protection for key fossil sites

By April Reese  Photo: Jack Dykinga   10/08/21  
In a long-awaited decision, President Joe Biden today restored Utah’s fossil-rich Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments to their former boundaries, 4 years after former President Donald Trump made drastic cuts to both.
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EPA Releases Draft Strategic Plan to Address Climate Change and Advance Environmental Justice and Equity

10/01/21  
Today, the Environmental Protection Agency announced that its Draft Fiscal Year (FY) 2022-2026 EPA Strategic Plan has been published in the Federal Register and is available for public comment through November 12, 2021. The Strategic…

The International Energy Agency Aims for Net-Zero by 2024

By Tony Romm, Marianna Sotomayor, Mike DeBonis and Seung Min Kim  Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post   09/30/21  
House Democrats on Thursday delayed a vote on an approximately $1 trillion proposal to improve the nation’s infrastructure, a dramatic reversal after hours of negotiations that marked a major setback for President Biden’s economic agenda.

How Dems’ clean electricity plan would change utilities

By Peter Behr, Kristi E. Swartz  Photo: Ulleo, Ethan Miller, Varistor60   09/30/21  
The nation’s utility industry has never seen carrots and sticks the size of the grants and penalties aimed at delivering a zero-carbon grid transformation under congressional Democrats’ proposed Clean Electricity Performance Program. The CEPP is…

USDA pledges billions for climate-smart farm projects, resilience

By Marc Heller   09/29/21  
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said today he’ll use billions of dollars from a Depression-era agency to pay for a carbon-saving program for farms, and to help farmers prepare for drought and adverse weather associated with…

Some Chinese solar-panel manufacturers have stopped shipping to the U.S. over tariff concerns, installers say

By Jeanne Whalen  Photo: Bloomberg Creative Photos/Bloomberg Creative Collection   09/27/21  
Some Chinese solar-panel manufacturers have stopped sending panels to the United States, or are threatening to halt shipments, over regulatory concerns including a proposal for higher import tariffs, panel buyers and solar-energy developers said at…

Wheeler Warns Democrats Failing To Consider Renewable Energy Waste

By Suzanne Yohannan   09/27/21  
As Democrats struggle to reach agreement on an infrastructure package that includes billions of dollars in incentives for renewable energy, former EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler is warning they are failing to provide adequate solutions to…

Greenhouse gases in grocery freezers are more powerful than carbon

By Dino Grandoni  Photo: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News   09/23/21  
The Biden administration finalized its first new climate rule Thursday, slashing the use of powerful greenhouse gases widely used in home refrigerators and air conditioners and often found to be leaking from U.S. supermarket freezers.

Critics blast Facebook pledge to curb climate change misinformation

By David Knowles  Photo: Yahoo News; photos via Facebook   09/22/21  
Facebook's latest pledge to curb climate change disinformation on its platform is getting a skeptical reception from activists and industry watchdogs.

Biden to huddle with warring Democrats as economic agenda and $1 trillion infrastructure bill hang in the balance

By Tony Romm, Seung Min Kim, and Marianna Sotomayor  Photo: Evan Vucci/AP   09/22/21  
President Biden is meeting with warring moderate and liberal Democrats on Wednesday as the White House attempts to broker a political truce and foster passage of roughly $4 trillion in new economic spending initiatives.

U.N. General Assembly: Biden Pledges to Work Toward ‘Peaceful, Prosperous Future For All’

Photo: Doug Mills/The New York Times   09/21/21  
Covid-19 and climate change dominated the start of the General Assembly gathering. The U.N. secretary general warned that an increasingly divided world was “on the edge of an abyss.”

9 questions about the Civilian Climate Corps, answered

By Tik Root  Photo: Bob Wands , AP   09/16/21  
A week after taking office, President Biden signed an executive order aimed at finding ways to combat climate change. Among the provisions was a directive to figure out how to establish the first-ever Civilian Climate Corps.

U.S. Climate Equity Office Debuts, But With a Tiny Budget

By Ariel Wittenberg, E&E News  Photo: Luke Sharrett Getty Images   09/13/21  
It aims to help communities become more resilient to climate change, particularly its health impacts

As the largest-ever U.S. climate bill inches forward, a lobbying frenzy ensues

By Steven Mufson and Tony Romm  Photo: Bridget Bennet/Reuters   09/13/21  
Biden and his deputies make the case for massive spending on climate action as fires and floods continue across the country

In Social Policy Bill, Businesses See a Lot to Like. They Oppose It.

By Jonathan Weisman  Photo: Clara Mokri for The New York Times   09/12/21  
Resistance to tax increases outweighs the appeal of a $3.5 trillion measure containing child care credits and other items that corporations embrace.

Biden administration sets goal of replacing all jet fuel with sustainable alternatives by 2050

By Ian Duncan  Photo: Angus Mordant/Bloomberg News   09/09/21  
The administration says boosting the use of fuels made from waste or plants could cut emissions from flying 20 percent by the end of the decade

Natural Gas Excluded in Democrats’ Budget Plan for Clean Energy

By Ari Natter  Photo: Eddie Seal/Bloomberg , Bloomberg   09/09/21  
Natural gas won’t count as clean energy under a House Democratic plan that would eventually rid the electric grid of carbon and is part of the $3.5 trillion tax-and-spending package moving through Congress. The proposal…

Solar Could Be the Keystone of Biden’s Decarbonization Plans

By Eduardo Garcia   09/09/21  
The U.S. could rely on solar energy to produce 40% of its electricity by 2035, an effort that would lead to a drastic reduction in carbon emissions, the Biden administration said in a new energy…

Joe Biden’s Solar Plan and the Prescience of Jimmy Carter

By Bill McKibben  Photo: Harvey Georges / AP   09/08/21  
The best time to plant a solar panel was forty years ago—but Biden is trying hard to make up for lost time.

‘This Is the Biden Agenda’

By David Leonhardt  Photo: Oliver Contreras for The New York Times   09/08/21  
Early in Bill Clinton’s presidency, House Democrats voted to pass an energy tax, known as the B.T.U. tax, only to watch the Senate prevent the bill from becoming law. In the next midterm elections, more…

From 4% to 45%: Biden Sets an Ambitious Plan for Solar Energy

By Ivan Penn  Photo: Erin Schaff/The New York Times   09/08/21  
The Biden administration on Wednesday released a plan to produce almost half of the nation’s electricity from the sun by 2050 as part of its effort to combat climate change.

With bulk of their agenda on the line, Democrats gird for battle over $3.5 trillion budget package

By Tony Romm  Photo: Jim Lo Scalzo/Shutterstock   09/07/21  
Lawmakers will try to assemble major planks of Biden’s agenda, including health care, climate change and anti-poverty programs

Calling ‘Code Red’ on Climate, Biden Pushes for Infrastructure Plan

By Katie Rogers and Juliet Macur  Photo: Sarahbeth Maney/The New York Times   09/07/21  
“The nation and the world are in peril,” the president said during a stop in a hard-hit borough of New York City. “And that’s not hyperbole. That is a fact.”

Climate Change Is ‘Not a Geostrategic Weapon,’ Kerry Tells Chinese Leaders

By Chris Buckley and Lisa Friedman  Photo: Max Whittaker , The New York Times   09/01/21  
Escalating tensions between China and the United States have spilled into their talks over how to stop global warming from hitting catastrophic levels after Chinese officials warned the U.S. climate envoy, John Kerry, that political…
HHS

HHS Establishes Office of Climate Change and Health Equity

08/30/21  
Protecting Americans’ health and well-being has always been at the heart of fighting climate change, and now for the first time, its importance is being elevated at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services…

Good morning. Democrats are turning to the substantive negotiations on Biden’s biggest piece of legislation.

By David Leonhardt and Ian Prasad Philbrick  Photo: Sarahbeth Maney/The New York Times   08/26/21  
House Democrats resolved a procedural spat this week, and they and Senate Democrats are now turning to the substantive work of putting together a sprawling bill meant to slow climate change, reduce poverty and expand…

Schumer says infrastructure bills would cut emissions by 45 percent

By Zack Budryk  Photo: Greg Nash   08/25/21  
Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) projected Wednesday that the bipartisan infrastructure bill and Democrats' reconciliation spending package would reduce U.S. carbon emissions by 45 percent by the end of the decade compared to 2005.

House Passes $3.5 Trillion Budget Plan for Vast Expansion of Safety Net

By Emily Cochrane  Photo: Doug Mills/The New York Times   08/24/21  
Democratic leaders had to haggle their way to passage, committing to moderates that there would be a vote on the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure plan by Sept. 27

As Biden urges global warming action, courts shape climate policy at home

By Dino Grandoni and Steven Mufson  Photo: Charles Mostoller , Bloomberg News   08/19/21  
At a time when President Biden is urging international leaders to address global warming quickly, court actions this week make it clear that the U.S. judiciary is shaping the United States’ climate trajectory as much…

Solar could provide 40 percent of US power generation by 2035, Biden administration says

By Zack Budryk   08/17/21  
The Department of Energy is projecting that solar power could comprise up to 40 percent of U.S. power generation nationwide by 2035, an increase of more than tenfold from today, with better incentives for renewable energy.

Opinion: Biden defies expectations. Again.

Opinion by Jennifer Rubin   08/11/21  
The Senate on Tuesday passed a $1.2 trillion infrastructure deal with 19Republican votes. Had someone polled the White House press corps a month ago, few would have expected any bipartisan deal possible.

President Biden, We Can’t Solve Climate Change Without Protecting the Western Arctic

By Rebecca Bowe  Photo: Michael Cameron / NOAA   08/11/21  
In recent weeks, those working tirelessly to defend Alaska’s vast wilderness have had reason to send a mix of thank-you notes and dissenting petitions to President Joe Biden.

Biden aims for sweeping climate action as infrastructure, budget bills advance

By Dino Grandoni and Brady Dennis  Photo: Konstantinos Tsakalidis/Bloomberg News   08/11/21  
After years of dragging their feet, lawmakers in Washington advanced a pair of major bills this week that include significant provisions for tackling climate change as scientists continue to ring alarm bells about the state…

Biden addresses inflation and gas prices while pitching “Build Back Better” agenda

By Kathryn Watson  Photo: Mandel Ngan/afp Via Getty Images   08/11/21  
President Biden on Wednesday pitched his $3.5 trillion tax and spending plan to boost social programs and fight climate change, dubbed the "Build Back Better" agenda, after the Senate passage of the $1 trillion bipartisan…

Democrats release $3.5 trillion budget blueprint as Senate prepares to finish infrastructure debate

By Tony Romm  Photo: J. Scott Applewhite/AP   08/09/21  
The scope of the spending outlined by Democrats is vast, reflecting the party’s grand ambitions to grow the size and reach of the federal government to a level not seen in decades. The measure paves…

Top Scientists to Biden and Congress: ‘Go Big on Climate… Do So Now’

By Jessica Corbett  Photo: Josh Edelson , Getty Images   08/06/21  
Ahead of next week's highly anticipated United Nations report on the climate emergency, 21 leading U.S. scientists on Friday urged President Joe Biden and federal lawmakers to "go big on climate action and to do so now."

Winona LaDuke Feels That President Biden Has Betrayed Native Americans

By David Marchese  Photo: Braulo Amado   08/06/21  
Right now in northern Minnesota, the Canadian oil-and-gas-transport company Enbridge is building an expansion of a pipeline, Line 3, to carry oil through fragile parts of the state’s watersheds as well as treaty-protected tribal lands.…

Biden, in a Push to Phase Out Gas Cars, Tightens Pollution Rules

By Coral Davenport   08/05/21  
The president is restoring and strengthening tailpipe emissions regulations from the Obama era and has set a target that half of all vehicles sold in the United States be electric by 2030.

Power Up: Biden’s lofty climate goals might be short-changed as details of reconciliation bill emerge

By Jacqueline Alemany   08/05/21  
DOING THE MATH: Senate leadership’s plan for the $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill may dash the hopes of climate activists and progressives we reported on yesterday to tackle the climate crisis through the larger bill, as…

John Kerry on the Unfathomable Stakes of the Next U.N. Climate-Change Conference

By David Remnick  Photo: Photograph from SOPA/Alamy   08/03/21  
Ahead of a major summit, the first special Presidential envoy for climate discusses the diplomatic tightrope he faces post-Trump, and the best outcome he can hope to achieve.
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Bipartisan bill leaves out key climate, clean energy steps

By Matthew Daly  Photo: AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File   08/03/21  
The $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure packageunveiled by the Senate includes more than $150 billion to boost clean energy and promote “climate resilience” by making schools, ports and other structures better able to withstand extreme weather…

Biden’s Climate Plans Are Stunted After Dejected Experts Fled Trump

By Coral Davenport, Lisa Friedman and Christopher Flavelle  Photo: Stefani Reynolds   08/01/21  
Juliette Hart quit her job last summer as an oceanographer for the United States Geological Survey, where she used climate models to help coastal communities plan for rising seas. She was demoralized after four years…

The Biden Administration’s Embrace of Environmental Justice Has Made Wary Activists Willing to Believe

By Agya K. Aning  Photo: Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images   08/01/21  
Decades after emerging from the broader civil rights movement, setting itself apart from traditional environmentalism, flourishing in academia and wending through public discourse, the environmental justice movement has now achieved unprecedented prominence as activists work…

Where Is Biden’s Climate Change ‘Revolution’?

By Spencer Bokat-Lindell  Photo: Christina Barker , The New York Times   07/22/21  
One of the first things President Biden did upon taking office in January was make a promise: The United States, he vowed, would finally “meet the urgent demands of the climate crisis” through “a clean energy…

Biden clean energy plan key to restoring industry job losses, says U.S. official

By Nichola Groom  Photo: Brian Snyder , Reuters   07/20/21  
 The U.S. energy sector lost 10% of its workforce last year due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report unveiled on Monday by U.S. government officials, who said President Joe Biden's…