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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.


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


Biden administration finalizes lightbulb efficiency rules

By Zack Budryk 04/12/24
The Biden administration on Friday finalized lightbulb efficiency rules first proposed in late 2022. The final rule will more than double the required efficiency level for the most common lightbulbs, from 45 lumens (the unit…
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The Biden Administration Is Unleashing $20 Billion for Green Banks

By Emily Pontecorvo 04/04/24
Vice President Kamala Harris and EPA administrator Michael Regan are in Charlotte, North Carolina this morning to announce the award of … wait for it … $20 billiondollars for climate mitigation and adaptation projects. This…
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DOE Releases First Ever Federal Blueprint to Decarbonize America’s Buildings Sector

The Biden-Harris Administration today released Decarbonizing the U.S. Economy by 2050: A National Blueprint for the Buildings Sector, a comprehensive plan to reduce greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions from buildings by 65% by 2035 and 90% by…
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Biden Builds a Domestic Green Army

By The Editorial Board 04/02/24
Who says Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has no influence? Her vision to mobilize a government Climate Corps to promote green politics is becoming a reality. President Biden wants to shrink the real Army, but his budget…
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You can start applying for the American Climate Corps next month

By Naveena Sadasivam, Grist and Kate Yoder, Grist 03/21/24
The long-awaited jobs board for the American Climate Corps, promised early in the Biden administration, will open next month, according to details shared exclusively with Grist. The program is modeled after President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s…
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Biden Administration Announces Rules Aimed at Phasing Out Gas Cars

By Coral Davenport 03/20/24
The Biden administration on Wednesday issued one of the most significant climate regulations in the nation’s history, a rule designed to ensure that the majority of new passenger cars and light trucks sold in the…
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Biden Administration Announces Rule Aimed at Expanding Electric Vehicles

By Coral Davenport 03/20/24
The Biden administration on Wednesday issued one of the most significant climate regulations in the nation’s history, a rule designed to ensure that the majority of new passenger cars and light trucks sold in the…
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Biden’s Climate Law Has Created a Growing Market for Green Tax Credits

By Jim Tankersley 03/19/24
The climate law that President Biden signed in 2022 has created a large and growing market for companies to buy and sell clean-energy tax credits, new Treasury Department data suggests, creating opportunities for start-ups to…
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Biden’s Climate Agenda Is Actually Popular

By Robinson Meyer 03/14/24
s President Joe Biden prepares to run for re-election, one fact has eluded much notice: His climate change policies are pretty popular. In an exclusive Heatmap poll of 1,000 Americans conducted by Benenson Strategy Group…
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Comparing Biden and Trump on Climate Change

By Brian Lehrer 03/12/24
Scott Waldman, White House reporter focused on climate change at Politico's E&E News, compares President Biden's record on climate with former President Trump's, and shares what Trump says he will do, if he is elected,…
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Biden Vows to ‘Save the Planet From the Climate Crisis’

By Lisa Friedman 03/08/24
President Biden spoke about global warming in stark terms during the State of the Union address Thursday night, ditching the more sterile term “climate change” to instead refer twice to the climate “crisis.” President Biden…
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Why Biden Talked Up the IRA Without Saying Its Name

By Jeva Lange 03/08/24
Would the IRA by any other name be as sweet to voters? It’s a valid question. President Biden’s final State of the Union address before the November election represented as good a chance as any…
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Energy Earthshots Initiative

The climate crisis calls for a different kind of moonshot. Energy Earthshots™ will accelerate breakthroughs of more abundant, affordable, and reliable clean energy solutions within the decade. They will drive the major innovation breakthroughs that…

Clean Fuels & Products Shot™: Alternative Sources for Carbon-based Products

To significantly reduce the negative impacts of greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) from carbon-based fuels and products critical to our way of life, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) launched the Clean Fuels & Products ShotTM.…

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

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

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

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

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 the President’s Council of Advisors on Science & Technology

As directed in the Presidential Memorandum of January 27, 2021 (Scientific Integrity and Evidence-Based Policymaking), it is the policy of my Administration to make evidence-based decisions guided by the best available science and data.

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

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…

Fact Sheet: President Biden Takes Executive Actions To Tackle The Climate Crisis At Home And Abroad

Today, President Biden will take executive action to tackle the climate crisis at home and abroad while creating good-paying union jobs and equitable clean energy future, building modern and sustainable infrastructure, restoring scientific integrity and…

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…

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

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.

FACT SHEET: Listing Agency Actions for Review, in accordance with the following Executive Order: “Protecting Public Health and the Environment and Restoring Science to Tackle the Climate Crisis.”

This is a non-exclusive list of agency actions that heads of the relevant agencies will review in accordance with the Executive Order: “Protecting Public Health and the Environment and Restoring Science to Tackle the Climate…

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

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…


Podesta pledges to build on Kerry’s push for international climate action

By Kelsey Tamborrino   03/06/24  
White House adviser John Podesta — who as of Wednesday is leading U.S. efforts on international climate action — told a D.C. crowd that he aims to build on the "momentum" his predecessor John Kerry…
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Biden Just Caved on a Bunch of Climate Rules. Or Did He?

By Emily Pontecorvo, Jeva Lange and Robinson Meyer   03/01/24  
Let’s start with a quick recap: In late-January, the Biden administration turned the energy world on its ear by announcing that it would pause approvals of new export facilities for liquified natural gas — a…
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Why the Cost of Biden’s Climate Law Keeps Going Up

By Jim Tankersley   02/08/24  
The estimated price tag for President Biden’s clean-energy and climate agenda has effectively doubled since the Inflation Reduction Act was signed into law a year and a half ago.
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Statement from President Joe Biden on Decision to Pause Pending Approvals of Liquefied Natural Gas Exports

In every corner of the country and the world, people are suffering the devastating toll of climate change. Historic hurricanes and floods wiping out homes, businesses, and houses of worship. Wildfires destroying whole neighborhoods and…
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Um, I think we all just won

By Bill MCKibben   01/25/24  
Biden is halting the biggest fossil fuel expansion on earth
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White House Said to Delay Decision on Enormous Natural Gas Export Terminal

By Coral Davenport   01/24/24  
The Biden administration is pausing a decision on whether to approve what would be the largest natural gas export terminal in the United States, a delay that could stretch past the November election and spell…
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U.S. Postal Service Unveils First Postal Electric Vehicle Charging Stations and Electric Delivery Vehicles

Today, the United States Postal Service (USPS), alongside White House officials, unveiled its first set of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at its South Atlanta Sorting and Delivery Center (S&DC). Charging stations like these will…
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DOE Invests $104 Million for Clean Energy Projects at Federal Facilities

By Sydney Leimbach   01/22/24  
The Department of Energy is investing $104 million in energy conservation and clean energy projects at 31 federal facilities across the United States.
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US unveils solar energy plan for western public lands

By Nichola Groom and Toby Chopra   01/18/24  
The Biden administration on Wednesday unveiled a proposal for solar energy projects on federal lands that identifies 22 million acres in 11 western states best suited for development.
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On this MLK Day, why the fight for environmental justice is the fight that matters

By Erika D. Smith   01/15/24  
Ben Jealous, the first Black executive director of the Sierra Club, couldn’t make it to a recent news conference in South L.A., held in the shadow of the monument to Martin Luther King Jr. at…
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EPA sets out rules for proposed ‘methane fee’ for waste generated by oil and natural gas companies

By Matthew Daly   01/13/24  
Oil and natural gas companies for the first time would have to pay a fee for methane emissions that exceed certain levels under a rule proposed Friday by the Biden administration.
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Scoop: John Kerry to leave Biden administration, help campaign

By Mike Allen and Andrew Freedman   01/13/24  
John Kerry, the U.S. special presidential envoy for climate, will leave the administration later this winter, and plans to help President Biden's campaign, Axios has learned.
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U.S. cut climate pollution in 2023, but not fast enough to limit global warming

By Jeff Brady   01/10/24  
The United States reduced emissions of climate-warming greenhouse gasses last year, after two years in which emissions rose. But the decline wasn't enough to meet climate targets set by the Biden administration. That would require…
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Plan to electrify California’s school buses gets big boost from the Biden administration

By Clara Harter   01/09/24  
The Biden administration believes the future of transportation is electric and big yellow school buses are no exception.On Monday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that California will receive $88 million to purchase buses…
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Biden regulatory plan set to shake up energy sector

By Miranda Willson, Heather Richards and Brian Dabbs   12/07/23  
The White House released a regulatory plan Wednesday that could shape President Joe Biden’s energy legacy — as well as influence greenhouse gas emissions and the electricity mix — amid partisan gridlock in Congress. The…
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‘Superuser’ states devour climate grants as others get nothing

By Thomas Frank   11/13/23  
A federal climate grant program has been monopolized by five large states that together have collected half of its money, highlighting an uneven disbursement of government funding that often leaves poorer regions with less financial…
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The Us Inflation Reduction Act Is Driving Clean-energy Investment One Year In

By Valentijn van Nieuwenhuijzen and others   10/31/23  
When the Biden administration marked the first anniversary of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) in mid-August this year, it rolled out some big numbers to demonstrate the impact of the legislation. In response to the…
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Biden’s American Climate Corps is weak and won’t save us

By Nick Fuller Googins   10/06/23  
The year is 1942. The Japanese have bombed Pearl Harbor. The Nazis have invaded Russia and declared war on America. President Franklin D. Roosevelt addresses the nation to make an important announcement: The White House…
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Biden’s new Climate Corps will train thousands of young people

By Maxine Joselow   09/20/23  
President Biden on Wednesday announced an initiative to train more than 20,000 young people in skills crucial to combating climate change, such as installing solar panels, restoring coastal wetlands and retrofitting homes to be more…
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Biden to Target Industrial Pollution in a 2nd Term, if He Gets One

By Coral Davenport   09/16/23  
If President Biden wins a second term, his climate policies would take aim at steel and cement plants, factories and oil refineries — heavily polluting industries that have never before had to rein in their…
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An Auto Workers Strike Would Threaten Biden’s Green Coalition

By Alejandro De La Garza   09/14/23  
The most consequential political force in passing the landmark Inflation Reduction Act last summer was President Joe Biden’s big green base, a coalition of unions, businesses, and environmentalists that he managed to lash together with…
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A Year Into Biden’s Climate Agenda, the Price Tag Remains Mysterious

By Leslie Kaufman   08/16/23  
It’s been exactly one year since President Joe Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act, securing a core part of his domestic agenda with what’s by far the most significant climate law in US history. There’s…
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President Joe Biden visits Milwaukee ahead of Inflation Reduction Act anniversary

By Evan Casey   08/15/23  
One day before the one-year anniversary of the signing of the Inflation Reduction Act, President Joe Biden traveled to Milwaukee to tour a company directly impacted by the sweeping measure.
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Investing In America

For decades, the U.S. exported jobs and imported products, while other countries surpassed us in critical sectors like infrastructure, clean energy, semiconductors, and biotechnology. Thanks to President Biden’s Investing in America Agenda – including historic…
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Green investment boom and electric car sales: six key things about Biden’s climate bill

By Oliver Milman   08/11/23  
The US’ first serious legislative attempt to tackle the climate crisis, the Inflation Reduction Act, is hitting its first anniversary both lauded for turbocharging a seismic shift to clean energy while also weathering serious attack…
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Biden says ‘practically speaking’ he’s already declared a climate emergency

By John Wagner   08/09/23  
President Biden said in an interview broadcast Wednesday that “practically speaking” he has already declared a climate emergency, a move that liberal lawmakers and environmentalists continue to advocate to unlock far-reaching executive powers to address…
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Most Americans Disapprove of Biden’s Handling of Climate Change, Poll Shows

By Kristoffer Tigue   08/08/23  
President Joe Biden’s climate image remains a major political liability going into the 2024 election, new polling suggests, even as states begin to tap hundreds of billions of dollars made available for clean energy and…
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Biden to showcase work on climate change, veterans on trip in western U.S.

By Chris Megerian   08/07/23  
President Joe Biden is setting out Monday on a Western swing aimed at showcasing his work on conservation, clean energy and veterans’ benefits as he seeks to draw an implicit contrast between his administration’s accomplishments…
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Most disapprove of Biden’s handling of climate change, Post-UMD poll finds

By Tony Romm and Others   08/07/23  
Nearly one year after President Biden enacted a sprawling package to combat harmful emissions and boost clean energy, his administration is struggling to demonstrate the law’s value to weary voters — and stave off a…
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Biden expected to create Grand Canyon national monument to block new mining, sources say

By Timothy Puko   08/04/23  
The new monument could be 1 million acres or larger and protect areas considered sacred by tribes near Grand Canyon National Park but also eyed by uranium mining companies....
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Biden-harris Administration Invests $50 Million To Strengthen Climate Resilience, Enhance Equitable Access To Benefits Of Noaa’s National Marine Sanctuary System

Today, the Department of Commerce and NOAA announced it will invest nearly $50 million from the Inflation Reduction Act to make infrastructure improvements to facilities at six national marine sanctuaries across the country. The National…
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Biden Goes West to Talk About His Administration’s Efforts to Combat Climate Change

By Associated Press   07/31/23  
President Joe Biden will travel to Arizona, New Mexico and Utah next week and is expected to talk about his administration's efforts to combat climate change as the region endures a brutally hot summer with…
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President Biden Announces Actions for Extreme Heat

As much of the nation grappled with temperatures nearing or more than 100 degrees, President Biden announced a federal response to the extreme heat. The response included new measures to help states offer heat-related services,…
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Biden rolled out some new measures to respond to extreme heat as temperatures soar

By Barbara Sprunt   07/27/23  
President Biden on Thursday announced new actions aimed at protecting communities from extreme heat, and meeting with mayors from two cities grappling with high temperatures.
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Biden’s climate deal still has an enormous hole

By Kelsey Tamborrino   07/26/23  
Thursday marks a year since Democrats secured the surprise deal that led to the biggest climate law in U.S. history, with hundreds of billions of dollars in subsidies aimed at transforming the economy around green…
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How Biden’s climate law will — and won’t — transform America

By Maxine Joselow   07/20/23  
Almost a year ago, President Biden signed into law the most ambitious climate bill in the nation’s history. Now, as a blistering heat wave bakes the southern United States, a timely new report illustrates how…
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Taking Stock 2023: US Emissions Projections after the Inflation Reduction Act

By Ben King, Hannah Kolus and Others   07/20/23  
Every year, Rhodium Group provides an independent projection of future US greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, under current policy and expectations for economic growth, future fossil fuel prices, and clean energy cost and performance trends. This…
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Republicans Are Trying to Block Joe Biden From Declaring a Climate Emergency

By Julia Rock   07/19/23  
Amid extreme heat and wildfires, President Joe Biden could free up disaster relief funds and slash carbon emissions by declaring a climate emergency. But last month, a group of GOP lawmakers introduced a bill to…
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Biden frames his clean energy plan as a jobs plan, obscuring his record on climate

By Eric McDaniel   07/13/23  
As part of President Biden's recent "Bidenomics" campaign push, aides from across the administration and close allies have been dispatched to events across the U.S. to try to convince people that the nation's strong economy…
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Auto-Industry Group Assails Biden’s Plan to Electrify America’s Cars

By Coral Davenport   06/28/23  
The auto industry’s largest lobbying organization has come out against the Biden administration’s most ambitious climate change regulation, a proposed rule designed to ensure that two-thirds of new passenger cars sold in the United States…
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President Biden Remarks in California on Climate, Energy and Environment

President Biden delivered remarks in Palo Alto, California, on his administration’s efforts to spur creation of green energy jobs and stem the effects of climate change. He was joined by California Governor Gavin Newsom. Topics…
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Biden Launching New $600 Million Climate Change Initiative—Focused On Great Lakes And Coasts

By Mary Whitfill Roeloffs   06/19/23  
TOPLINE President Joe Biden is expected to announce more than $600 million in climate investments meant to fight rising sea levels, protect coastal communities and modernize California's electric grid, according to multiple reports, in his…
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Governor Newsom Welcomes President Biden Back To California, Highlights New Investments In Climate Action And Clean Energy

President Biden, alongside Governor Newsom, announced a $600 million investment for climate resilience projects across the country and $67 million to help build power lines to support the state’s transition to 100% clean electricity –…
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Biden announces funding to combat climate change, raises campaign money, during swing through California

By Taryn Luna   06/19/23  
On his first trip to California since announcing his reelection campaign, President Biden on Monday announced $600 million in federal funding to fight the effects of climate change after touring a Northern California nature reserve…
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DOE Launches New Energy Earthshot to Decarbonize Transportation and Industrial Sectors

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced the launch of the Clean Fuels & Products ShotTM, a new initiative that aims to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) from carbon-based fuels and products critical…
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Biden-Harris Administration Announces Historic Consensus System Conservation Proposal to Protect the Colorado River Basin

The Department of the Interior today announced significant new developments in the Biden-Harris administration’s efforts to protect the stability and sustainability of the Colorado River System now and into the future.
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Behind the Scenes, G7 Nations Wrangle Over Ambitious Climate Commitments

By Motoko Rich, Lisa Friedman and Jim Tankersley   05/20/23  
In theory, the world’s largest industrialized democracies have agreed to stop using fossil fuels within a little over a quarter-century and to switch to new sources of power such as solar and wind as fast…
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How’s the Biden Administration Doing on the Climate Crisis?

By Earthjustice   05/19/23  
The Biden administration has made bold commitments on climate and environmental justice. Halfway through the first term, we’re holding the administration accountable for keeping those promises. Earthjustice’s attorneys and policy experts rated the Biden administration’s…
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Biden’s push to disclose climate risks hits wall of industry resistance

By Steven Mufson   05/02/23  
The Biden administration is struggling over rules that would force U.S. corporations to disclose more information about their climate risks and greenhouse gas emissions, from pizza deliveries and steel manufacturing to financial services and making…
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President Biden Remarks on Healthy Communities

President Biden signed an executive order directing federal agencies to consider environmental justice issues in their decision making, and establishing a new office dedicated to the issue. Before his remarks in the White House’s Rose…
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