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How an Electric Truck Factory Became a Lightning Rod in Georgia

By David Gelles Photo: Matthew Odom

It is billed as the largest economic development project in the history of Georgia, an electric vehicle factory that could grow to be five times as large as the Pentagon and produce as many as 400,000 emissions-free trucks a year.

03/14/22
                                                               

The ironic effort to wave away climate change in favor of ‘clean air’

By Philip Bump Photo: Dan Koeck for The Washington Post

en. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.) appeared on Fox Business on Wednesday to discuss his policy priorities in the wake of President Biden’s State of the Union address. As might have been predicted — given Biden’s desire to broaden the country’s response to climate change and Manchin’s reluctance to endorse Biden’s agenda — the subject matter soon turned toward the warming of the planet.

03/03/22
                                                               
CNN

GOP and gas lobby preemptively quashed cuts in natural gas usage

By Ella Nilsen

In 2019, the city council in Berkeley, California, held a stunning vote: it would ban natural gas hookups in all new building construction to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the city’s impact on the climate crisis.

02/17/22
                                                               

How Politics, Society and Tech Shape the Path of Climate Change

By Kat Kerlin

Politics and society largely dictate climate policy ambitions and therefore the trajectory of greenhouse gas emissions, yet climate change models and projections rarely include political and social drivers. A study from the University of California, Davis, simulated 100,000 possible future policy and emissions trajectories to identify relevant variables within the climate-social system that could impact climate change in this century.

02/16/22
                                                               
GAO

How is the federal government approaching climate resilience?

Photo: Delaware Department of Transportation (2017)

This past year may go on record as one of the most active and costly years for extreme weather events. As of Oct. 8, there have been 18 such events, each with losses exceeding $1 billion, according to the National Centers for Environmental Information. Disaster costs are projected to increase as certain extreme weather events become more frequent and intense due to climate change—as observed and projected by the U.S. Global Change Research Program and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

02/01/22
                                                               

In Senate race, leading Pa. Democrat spurns a fracking ban

By Maxine Joselow Photo: Matt Rourke/AP

Good morning and welcome to The Climate 202! Today we’re wondering what an Infrastructure Bill burger tastes like and if there’s a veggie version. But first:

01/31/22
                                                               

Defusing the Global Climate Emergency Depends on Defusing the Democracy Emergency

By Mark Hertsgaard Photo: Getty Images

A year ago today, Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarthy were fleeing for their lives as a violent mob swarmed the halls of the U.S. Capitol. With their personal safety at risk, the two most powerful Republicans on Capitol Hill at last stood up to Donald Trump. In a heated phone call, McCarthy, the House minority leader, fruitlessly implored the president to call off the mob. Senate Majority Leader McConnell later called the rioters “terrorists” and said Trump was “morally responsible” for the violence.

01/07/22
                                                               

Behind Manchin’s opposition, a long history of fighting climate measures

By Jonathan Weisman and Lisa Friedman Photo: Chet Strange for The New York Times

Senator Joe Manchin III noted climate policy when he said he would vote against the Build Back Better Act. In his life and career, West Virginia coal has loomed large.

12/20/21
                                                               

One year of ‘President Manchin’

By Ben Terris Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post

Waiting around for Manchin has become something of a pastime in the nation’s capital. Hill reporters track his movements on the Senate floor, staking out his office, sometimes for hours, and then orbiting around him like electrons as he walks the halls of Congress.

12/14/21
                                                               

Should California Democrats take oil and gas money? The party is torn

By Sammy Roth Photo: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

Four hundred thirteen parts per million.That’s how much carbon dioxide was built up in Earth’s atmosphere last year — a record 413.2 parts per million on average, according to the latest data from the World Meteorological Organization. That’s up from 280 ppm before the dawn of the fossil fuel era, and it’s brought deadlier heat waves, bigger fires and more destructive floods. When world leaders gather in Glasgow, Scotland, just a few days from now, they’ll be desperately looking for ways to keep the number from rising much higher.

10/28/21