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Biden’s focus on environmental justice led to a year of progress — and burnout

By Darryl Fears Photo: Evan Vucci/AP

As he prepared to embark on “the most ambitious climate and environmental justice agenda ever pursued” in Washington, President Biden tapped one of the nation’s foremost experts on the topic to lead his historic effort.

01/27/22
                                                               
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Biden’s offshore wind plan is also a jobs plan

By Neel Dhanesha Photo: Mark Harrington

The United States’ struggling power grid is finally getting some major upgrades. Last week, the Biden administration announced a plan that, among other efforts, will aim to bring more sources of clean energy online and install more high-voltage transmission cables across the country to transport that power where it’s needed.

01/19/22
                                                               

Biden names Sarah Bloom Raskin as Fed’s top banking regulator

By Courtenay Brown and others Photo: Andrew Harrer via Getty Images

President Biden will nominate Sarah Bloom Raskin as the Federal Reserve's top Wall Street cop, a Biden administration official said, one of three nominees being unveiled for the critical open seats on the central bank's board of governors.

01/14/22
                                                               

One Year In: Tracking President Biden’s Progress on 46 Executive Climate Action Campaign P

By Lena Moffitt and Trevor Dolan

President Joe Biden ran and won on the most comprehensive climate agenda of any
presidential nominee in U.S. history—and pledged a suite of executive actions to
leverage existing authorities to enact bold climate action. After Biden secured the
presidency, Evergreen Action catalogued those 46 campaign climate commitments
and has been

01/14/22
                                                               

DOE Announces $420 Million to Advance Clean Energy Breakthroughs at Energy Research Centers Across America

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced a $420 million funding opportunity for DOE’s Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRC). This funding will advance climate solutions through early-stage research on clean energy technology, advanced and low-carbon manufacturing, and quantum information science. Breakthroughs in basic research will be key to creating the climate solutions that will help achieve President Biden’s goal of a zero-emission economy by 2050.

01/13/22
                                                               

Biden administration to hire 1,000 workers for ‘Clean Energy Corps’

By Rachel Frazin

The Biden administration is hoping to hire more than 1,000 workers to help with climate change solutions as part of a newly announced “Clean Energy Corps.” Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said in a video announcing the effort that this group will work on projects like deploying clean energy and designing electric vehicle charging networks.

01/13/22
                                                               

The Biden Administration Takes Action on Toxic Coal Ash Waste

By James Bruggers Photo: Kate Patterson

The Biden administration on Tuesday took its first significant move toward corralling lingering and widespread problems with the toxic ash produced by coal-fired power plants, one of the nation’s most prominent long-term environmental health legacies from more than a century of coal-fired electricity generation.

01/12/22
                                                               

DOE Invests $13.4 Million to Combat Plastic Waste, Reduce Plastic Industry Emissions

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced $13.4 million in funding for next generation plastics technologies that reduce the energy consumption and carbon emissions of single-use plastics. The seven selected research and development (R&D) projects — led by industry and universities — will convert plastic films into more valuable materials and design new plastics that are more recyclable and biodegradable. This investment advances DOE’s work to address the challenges of plastic waste recycling and supports the Biden Administration’s efforts to build a clean energy economy and ensure the U.S. reaches net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

01/11/22
                                                               

Biden ‘over-promised and under-delivered’ on climate

By Lisa Friedman Photo: Erin Schaff/The New York Times

As the new year opens, President Biden faces an increasingly narrow path to fulfill his ambitious goal of slashing the greenhouse gases generated by the United States that are helping to warm the planet to dangerous levels.

01/04/22
                                                               

DOE Establishes New Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations Under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced the establishment of the Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations, a new DOE office that will help deliver on President Biden’s bold climate agenda, create new, good-paying jobs for American families and workers, and reduce pollution while benefitting disadvantaged communities.

12/21/21