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A New Day for the Climate

By Elizabeth Kolbert

Nine years ago, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse had a sign made up that showed a photograph of the Earth as seen from space. “TIME TO WAKE UP,” it urged, in large, unevenly spaced letters. Every week that the Senate was in session, Whitehouse, a Democrat from Rhode Island, would tote the sign to the chamber, set it on an easel, and, before a hundred chairs—most of them empty—deliver a speech.


The Biden Administration’s Landmark Day in the Fight for the Climate

By Bill McKibben Photo: Anna Moneymake / Pool / Getty

January 27th was the most remarkable day in the history of America’s official response to the climate crisis, at least since that June afternoon in 1988, when nasa’s James Hansen told a congressional committee that the planet had begun to heat. On Wednesday, in the course of a few hours, the Biden Administration took a series of coördinated actions that, considered together, may well mark the official beginning of the end of the fossil-fuel era.


The Energy 202: Today is Biden’s ‘Climate Day.’ Here’s what to expect.

By Dino Grandoni

President Biden is preparing a slew of executive orders Wednesday building out the new administration’s agenda for tackling climate change, in what is being dubbed “Climate Day.”


How Biden’s Climate Ambitions Could Shift America’s Global Footprint

By Somini Sengupta Photo: Anna Moneymaker/NYT

President Joseph R. Biden on Wednesday said climate change should be regarded as “an essential element of U.S. foreign policy and national security.” That is likely to bring big changes for America’s role in the world. That the Biden administration has rejoined the Paris Agreement, the global pact embraced by nearly 200 countries to slow down climate change, is only the first step, foreign policy experts say.


A ‘Nerve Center’ for Climate in the Biden White House

By Lisa Friedman

President Joseph R. Biden Jr. brings with him the largest team of climate change experts ever assembled in the White House, and action on global warming is expected quickly. WASHINGTON — Joseph R. Biden Jr. assumed the presidency on Wednesday, bringing an expansive team of climate change experts to staff a White House that is preparing to focus on global warming in a way no other administration has done before.


Joe Biden’s Cancellation of the Keystone Pipeline Is a Landmark in the Climate Fight

By Bill McKibben Photo: Melissa Golden / Redux

In his first hours in office, Joe Biden has settled—almost certainly, once and for all—one of the greatest environmental battles this country has seen. He has cancelled the permit allowing the Keystone XL pipeline to cross the border from Canada into the United States, and the story behind that victory illustrates a lot about where we stand in the push for a fair and working planet.


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

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.

What Biden and Democratic Senate can do on climate in their first 100 days

By Dana Nuccitelli

Biden administration progress on climate change will have to overcome roadblocks left by the Trump administration and some arcane Senate rules. But hope springs eternal.
Democrats now control the White House, Senate, and House of Representatives for the first time in a decade, albeit with razor thin Congressional majorities. The last time, in the 111th Congress (2009-2011), House Democrats passed a carbon cap and trade bill, but it died a quiet death in the Senate after failing to muster the 60 votes needed to overcome a filibuster threat.


Biden’s First Climate Actions Include Rejoining Paris Agreement

By Scott Waldman Photo: Drew Angerer Getty Images

Joe Biden will spend his first hours as president trying to obliterate much of the Trump administration’s deregulatory agenda, restore public land protections and reestablish the United States as a global leader on climate change policy.


Biden administration to rescind Keystone pipeline permit on Wednesday, sources say

By Dan Merica and Gregory Krieg Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty Images
President-elect Joe Biden’s incoming administration plans to rescind the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline on his first day in office, two sources familiar with the decision tell CNN, delivering a win to an array of progressive organization and rolling back one of President Donald Trump’s earliest moves.