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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


‘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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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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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…


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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Biden signs executive order that aims to advance environmental justice

By Rebecca Shabad, Sally Bronston and Katherine Doyle   04/21/23  
President Joe Biden signed an executive order Friday in an effort to expand on his administration's environmental justice goals, such as delivering clean air and water to communities nationwide, as he nears an expected announcement…
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Biden-Harris Administration Announces New Steps for Climate Resilience and Forest Conservation

Today, in anticipation of the upcoming Earth Day celebrations, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Department of the Interior (DOI) announced actions to foster forest conservation, enhance forest resilience to climate change, and…
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E.P.A. Lays Out Rules to Turbocharge Sales of Electric Cars and Trucks

By Coral Davenport   04/12/23  
The Biden administration is proposing rules to ensure that two-thirds of new cars and a quarter of new heavy trucks sold in the U.S. by 2032 are all-electric....
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How the climate movement learned to win in Washington

By Eli Stokols   04/02/23  
After a staggering defeat, environmentalists needed a plan they could sell. Thus began a decade-long climb propelled by mass protests, heavy campaign spending and intense lobbying. Then came a final assist from Mother Nature herself....
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Biden administration to require more efficient window air conditioners, air cleaners

By Rachel Frazin   03/23/23  
The Biden administration is finalizing more stringent efficiency requirements for both window air conditioners and portable air cleaners on Thursday, the first set of efficiency standards that are new and not just a reversal of…
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Biden Warns That Climate Change Could Upend Federal Spending Programs

By Jim Tankersley and Christopher Flavelle   03/20/23  
A chapter in the new Economic Report of the President focuses on the growing risks to people and businesses from rising temperatures, and the government’s role in adapting to them....
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EIA: U.S. carbon emissions set to drop, but miss Biden goals

By Zack Colman   03/20/23  
U.S. greenhouse gas emissions are expected to drop sharply by the end of the decade but are likely to fall short of President Joe Biden’s goals for the power sector, the U.S. Energy Information Administration…
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Biden budget includes $24 billion for conservation and climate disasters

By Emma Newburger   03/09/23  
President Joe Biden’s budget proposal for 2024 includes billions of dollars spread across federal agencies to combat climate change, with a bulk of the investment going toward boosting conservation and disaster resilience, cutting pollution and…
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Same message, bigger audience: Sen. Whitehouse flags climate costs

By Coral Davenport   03/07/23  
For more than a decade, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse gave daily warnings about the mounting threat of climate change. Now he has a powerful new perch....
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The promise and peril of Biden’s climate policy

By Paul Krugman   03/02/23  
In 2010, at the signing ceremony for the Affordable Care Act, Joe Biden, the vice president at the time, could be overheard telling President Barack Obama that “this is a big something deal.” OK, that’s…
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State of the Union: How climate and energy have featured since 1989

By Rosamund Pearce   02/07/23  
Climate change hit the mainstream in the US after NASA scientist James Hansen told Congress in 1988 that the world was warmer and mankind was to blame.
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With money on the table, states identify 120,000 leak-prone oil wells

By Maxine Joselow   12/02/22  
Across the country, fossil fuel companies have walked away from thousands of oil and gas wells, leaving them unplugged and idle even as many of these drill sites leak greenhouse gas emissions and pose direct…
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Dismal polls have Dems split over how hard to push Biden agenda

By Alexander Bolton   04/28/22  
Democrats are divided over how hard to push President Biden’s agenda in the months remaining until Election Day, uncertain about how much risk to take on at a time when Biden’s approval rating is stuck…
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As Gas Prices Soar, Biden’s Climate Ambitions Sputter

By Coral Davenport   04/02/22  
A year after he entered the White House with a vow that fighting global warming would be a driving priority for his administration, President Biden finds his climate agenda is mired in delay and faces…
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The Man Who Gobbed Up Earth

By Bill McKibben   03/29/22  
Just as the Oscars were getting underway last night, the New York Times published a truly remarkable exposé that helps us understand the end of our planet’s climate system in helpful detail. Receipt-laden, it shows…
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Inside Biden’s $5.8 trillion wish list

By Andrew Ross Sorkin, Jason Karaian, Stephen Gandel, Michael J. de la Merced, Lauren Hirsch and Ephrat Livni   03/29/22  
President Biden proposed a $5.8 trillion annual budget yesterday, a request that reflects growing security and economic concerns at home and abroad. There are billions set aside to invest in police departments and the military,…
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Sen. Jon Tester, one of the Senate’s only farmers, is an unlikely champion for climate action

By Maxine Joselow   03/24/22  
President Biden and European leaders are expected to announce a major initiative to direct shipments of liquefied natural gas to Europe, our colleagues scooped last night. More on that below. But first:
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Largest federal utility chooses gas, undermining Biden’s climate goals

By Lisa Friedman   03/17/22  
President Biden wants electricity generated from wind, solar and other clean sources. The Tennessee Valley Authority plans to invest in fossil fuels instead.
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Supreme court case could restrict Biden’s effort to tackle climate crisis

By Oliver Milman   02/24/22  
Court to hear West Virginia case that takes aim at EPA’s ability to issue strict rules to curb pollution from fossil fuel power stations.
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The White House is going after one of climate change’s thorniest problems

By Robinson Meyer   02/16/22  
It is one of the strangest feelings that modern transportation can afford: You’ve just gotten on a train and are gazing out the window. And then, slowly, the scene outside begins to move, and for…
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Biden administration promises to buy ‘clean’ industrial materials

By Lisa Friedman   02/15/22  
A new initiative aims to reduce emissions from steel, cement, aluminum and other materials used in the industrial sector, which generates about a third of the nation’s greenhouse gases.
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White House rolls out $5 billion funding plan to states for electric vehicle chargers

By Ground News   02/10/22  
The Biden administration on Thursday announced the availability of $5 billion in federal money to states over five years. Each station would need to have at least four fast-charger ports, which enable drivers to fully…
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Scoop: Biden to extend, but modify, Trump’s solar tariffs

By Hans Nichols   02/07/22  
President Biden plans to maintain former President Trump's tariffs on solar cells and panels, but loosen some restrictions on importing supplies from Asia to help combat climate change, according to people familiar with the matter.
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Biden’s Fed nominees questioned on climate issues at confirmation hearing

By Rachel Siegel   02/03/22  
Sarah Bloom Raskin, Lisa Cook and Philip Jefferson testified Thursday before the Senate Banking Committee
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Biden’s focus on environmental justice led to a year of progress — and burnout

By Darryl Fears   01/27/22  
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.
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Biden’s offshore wind plan is also a jobs plan

By Neel Dhanesha   01/19/22  
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…
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Biden names Sarah Bloom Raskin as Fed’s top banking regulator

By Courtenay Brown and others   01/14/22  
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…
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One Year In: Tracking President Biden’s Progress on 46 Executive Climate Action Campaign P

By Lena Moffitt and Trevor Dolan   01/14/22  
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…
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