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Until December 2020, no climate change laws had been passed under the Trump administration.

On December 27, 2020, however, Trump signed a $900 billion stimulus package bill.  Buried in that bill, as David Roberts explains, is a bill which will reduce the use of hydrofluorocarbons.  If this were the only energy provision in the bill, that still would make it one of the biggest climate stories of the year.  And, according the The Atlantic, tacked onto the text were several energy and environment bills that will steer the federal ship of state toward decarbonization. The bill extends tax credits for renewable energy and carbon capture, it funds energy-efficiency projects, and it recommends—in a legally nonbinding waythat the Department of Energy prioritize projects that will help generate 100 percent of U.S. electricity through “clean, renewable, or zero emissions energy sources.”

LAW 12/21/20
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