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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


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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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…


Joe Biden’s Solar Plan and the Prescience of Jimmy Carter

By Bill McKibben   09/08/21  
The best time to plant a solar panel was forty years ago—but Biden is trying hard to make up for lost time.
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‘This Is the Biden Agenda’

By David Leonhardt   09/08/21  
Early in Bill Clinton’s presidency, House Democrats voted to pass an energy tax, known as the B.T.U. tax, only to watch the Senate prevent the bill from becoming law. In the next midterm elections, more…
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From 4% to 45%: Biden Sets an Ambitious Plan for Solar Energy

By Ivan Penn   09/08/21  
The Biden administration on Wednesday released a plan to produce almost half of the nation’s electricity from the sun by 2050 as part of its effort to combat climate change.
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With bulk of their agenda on the line, Democrats gird for battle over $3.5 trillion budget package

By Tony Romm   09/07/21  
Lawmakers will try to assemble major planks of Biden’s agenda, including health care, climate change and anti-poverty programs
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Calling ‘Code Red’ on Climate, Biden Pushes for Infrastructure Plan

By Katie Rogers and Juliet Macur   09/07/21  
“The nation and the world are in peril,” the president said during a stop in a hard-hit borough of New York City. “And that’s not hyperbole. That is a fact.”
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Climate Change Is ‘Not a Geostrategic Weapon,’ Kerry Tells Chinese Leaders

By Chris Buckley and Lisa Friedman   09/01/21  
Escalating tensions between China and the United States have spilled into their talks over how to stop global warming from hitting catastrophic levels after Chinese officials warned the U.S. climate envoy, John Kerry, that political…
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HHS Establishes Office of Climate Change and Health Equity

Protecting Americans’ health and well-being has always been at the heart of fighting climate change, and now for the first time, its importance is being elevated at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services…
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Good morning. Democrats are turning to the substantive negotiations on Biden’s biggest piece of legislation.

By David Leonhardt and Ian Prasad Philbrick   08/26/21  
House Democrats resolved a procedural spat this week, and they and Senate Democrats are now turning to the substantive work of putting together a sprawling bill meant to slow climate change, reduce poverty and expand…
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Schumer says infrastructure bills would cut emissions by 45 percent

By Zack Budryk   08/25/21  
Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) projected Wednesday that the bipartisan infrastructure bill and Democrats' reconciliation spending package would reduce U.S. carbon emissions by 45 percent by the end of the decade compared to 2005.
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House Passes $3.5 Trillion Budget Plan for Vast Expansion of Safety Net

By Emily Cochrane   08/24/21  
Democratic leaders had to haggle their way to passage, committing to moderates that there would be a vote on the $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure plan by Sept. 27
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As Biden urges global warming action, courts shape climate policy at home

By Dino Grandoni and Steven Mufson   08/19/21  
At a time when President Biden is urging international leaders to address global warming quickly, court actions this week make it clear that the U.S. judiciary is shaping the United States’ climate trajectory as much…
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Solar could provide 40 percent of US power generation by 2035, Biden administration says

By Zack Budryk   08/17/21  
The Department of Energy is projecting that solar power could comprise up to 40 percent of U.S. power generation nationwide by 2035, an increase of more than tenfold from today, with better incentives for renewable energy.
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Opinion: Biden defies expectations. Again.

Opinion by Jennifer Rubin   08/11/21  
The Senate on Tuesday passed a $1.2 trillion infrastructure deal with 19Republican votes. Had someone polled the White House press corps a month ago, few would have expected any bipartisan deal possible.
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President Biden, We Can’t Solve Climate Change Without Protecting the Western Arctic

By Rebecca Bowe   08/11/21  
In recent weeks, those working tirelessly to defend Alaska’s vast wilderness have had reason to send a mix of thank-you notes and dissenting petitions to President Joe Biden.
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Biden aims for sweeping climate action as infrastructure, budget bills advance

By Dino Grandoni and Brady Dennis   08/11/21  
After years of dragging their feet, lawmakers in Washington advanced a pair of major bills this week that include significant provisions for tackling climate change as scientists continue to ring alarm bells about the state…
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Biden addresses inflation and gas prices while pitching “Build Back Better” agenda

By Kathryn Watson   08/11/21  
President Biden on Wednesday pitched his $3.5 trillion tax and spending plan to boost social programs and fight climate change, dubbed the "Build Back Better" agenda, after the Senate passage of the $1 trillion bipartisan…
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Democrats release $3.5 trillion budget blueprint as Senate prepares to finish infrastructure debate

By Tony Romm   08/09/21  
The scope of the spending outlined by Democrats is vast, reflecting the party’s grand ambitions to grow the size and reach of the federal government to a level not seen in decades. The measure paves…
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Top Scientists to Biden and Congress: ‘Go Big on Climate… Do So Now’

By Jessica Corbett   08/06/21  
Ahead of next week's highly anticipated United Nations report on the climate emergency, 21 leading U.S. scientists on Friday urged President Joe Biden and federal lawmakers to "go big on climate action and to do so now."
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Winona LaDuke Feels That President Biden Has Betrayed Native Americans

By David Marchese   08/06/21  
Right now in northern Minnesota, the Canadian oil-and-gas-transport company Enbridge is building an expansion of a pipeline, Line 3, to carry oil through fragile parts of the state’s watersheds as well as treaty-protected tribal lands.…
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Biden, in a Push to Phase Out Gas Cars, Tightens Pollution Rules

By Coral Davenport   08/05/21  
The president is restoring and strengthening tailpipe emissions regulations from the Obama era and has set a target that half of all vehicles sold in the United States be electric by 2030.
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Power Up: Biden’s lofty climate goals might be short-changed as details of reconciliation bill emerge

By Jacqueline Alemany   08/05/21  
DOING THE MATH: Senate leadership’s plan for the $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill may dash the hopes of climate activists and progressives we reported on yesterday to tackle the climate crisis through the larger bill, as…
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John Kerry on the Unfathomable Stakes of the Next U.N. Climate-Change Conference

By David Remnick   08/03/21  
Ahead of a major summit, the first special Presidential envoy for climate discusses the diplomatic tightrope he faces post-Trump, and the best outcome he can hope to achieve.
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Bipartisan bill leaves out key climate, clean energy steps

By Matthew Daly   08/03/21  
The $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure packageunveiled by the Senate includes more than $150 billion to boost clean energy and promote “climate resilience” by making schools, ports and other structures better able to withstand extreme weather…
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Biden’s Climate Plans Are Stunted After Dejected Experts Fled Trump

By Coral Davenport, Lisa Friedman and Christopher Flavelle   08/01/21  
Juliette Hart quit her job last summer as an oceanographer for the United States Geological Survey, where she used climate models to help coastal communities plan for rising seas. She was demoralized after four years…
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The Biden Administration’s Embrace of Environmental Justice Has Made Wary Activists Willing to Believe

By Agya K. Aning   08/01/21  
Decades after emerging from the broader civil rights movement, setting itself apart from traditional environmentalism, flourishing in academia and wending through public discourse, the environmental justice movement has now achieved unprecedented prominence as activists work…
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Where Is Biden’s Climate Change ‘Revolution’?

By Spencer Bokat-Lindell   07/22/21  
One of the first things President Biden did upon taking office in January was make a promise: The United States, he vowed, would finally “meet the urgent demands of the climate crisis” through “a clean energy…
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Biden clean energy plan key to restoring industry job losses, says U.S. official

By Nichola Groom   07/20/21  
 The U.S. energy sector lost 10% of its workforce last year due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report unveiled on Monday by U.S. government officials, who said President Joe Biden's…
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Walmart, Ikea, and Amazon have a dirty shipping problem

By Justine Calma   07/20/21  
Giant retailers, including Amazon and Ikea, have pledged to go green, but their shipping is still pretty dirty. Now shoppers can now see how much pollution some of the biggest retail companies in the US…
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Influential US climate report moves ahead — under new leadership

By Jeff Tollefson   07/16/21  
US President Joe Biden’s administration has appointed a new director to lead the nation’s next major climate assessment, finalizing the roster of its federal climate team and marking the end of a turbulent period in…
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Big Tech Versus Big Oil: Showdown Over Clean Energy Standards?

By Bill Weihl   07/15/21  
The issue of Clean Energy Standards (CES), a cornerstone of the Biden climate/infrastructure plan, is emerging as a bellwether on climate policy.  For years, climate-positive Big Tech firms have tackled sustainability in company operations, but…
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Biden heads to Capitol Hill to pitch his spending plans

By Tony Romm, Seung Min Kim, and Mike DeBonis   07/14/21  
Biden’s salesmanship opens a new political chapter in what will probably be a winding, tough debate on Capitol Hill in Congress, particularly because Democrats are divided over whether they should take the early deals they…
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Energy Dept. seeks to cut cost of energy storage, boost renewables

By Rachel Frazin   07/14/21  
The Energy Department will attempt to decrease the cost of energy storage technology by 90 percent within a decade in an attempt to boost clean energy use.
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Democrats Propose $3.5 Trillion Budget to Advance With Infrastructure Deal

By Emily Cochrane   07/13/21  
The measure, which would include money to address climate change, expand Medicare and fulfill other Democratic priorities, is intended to deliver on President Biden’s economic proposal.
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Biden’s clean energy plan would cut emissions and save 317,000 lives

By Oliver Milman   07/11/21  
A Biden administration plan to force the rapid uptake of renewable energy would swiftly cut planet-heating emissions and save hundreds of thousands of lives from deadly air pollution, a new report has found amid growing…
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With trillions at stake, Democrats hurtle toward key decisions on Biden’s agenda

By Mike DeBonis   07/04/21  
Democrats have a chance to pass President Biden’s sweeping infrastructure, tax, climate and social policy measures that would transform American life — but doing so requires them pulling off an incredibly difficult legislative high-wire act…
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Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal Omits Big Climate Measures

By Coral Davenport and Lisa Friedman   06/24/21  
Democrats hope to include climate and clean energy in a second bill. It could be Biden’s last chance to pass major global warming legislation.
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Biden and Senators Reach Broad Infrastructure Deal

By Jonathan Weisman, Emily Cochrane, and Jim Tankersley   06/24/21  
The bipartisan agreement is a significant victory, but Democratic leaders say it can pass only once a far larger social policy bill is complete.
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Bipartisanship Lives, and Biden Takes a Bow

By Susan B. Glasser   06/24/21  
During a lifetime in politics, Joe Biden has delivered countless eulogies, many of them for Republican colleagues in the Senate. Over the years, he has eloquently laid to rest John McCain, of Arizona; William Roth,…
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Biden lauds bipartisan deal, but says ‘human infrastructure’ is a must

By Quint Forgey   06/24/21  
President Joe Biden on Thursday celebrated his successful brokering of a framework for a bipartisan infrastructure package, but warned that he would not sign the legislation he had just agreed to unless it was delivered…
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Federal judge blocks Biden’s pause on new oil, gas leases

By Kevin McGill   06/16/21  
The Biden administration’s suspension of new oil and gas leases on federal land and water was blocked Tuesday by a federal judge in Louisiana who ordered that plans continue for lease sales that were delayed…
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Biden’s $174 Billion EV Plan Is Coming Into Focus

By Jim Motavalli   06/14/21  
President Joe Biden’s $174 billion plan to electrify the nation’s transportation fleet is an ambitious one, with many opportunities to go off the tracks. “We’re going to set a new pace for electric vehicles,” Biden…
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Haaland urges Biden to fully protect three national monuments weakened by Donald Trump

By Juliet Eilperin and Joshua Partlow   06/14/21  
Plan would expand boundaries at Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments, and reimpose fishing restrictions on the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument.
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Will Biden Be Forced to Give Up What Some Say is His Best Shot at Tackling Climate Change?

By Marianne Lavelle   06/14/21  
Much of the debate over President Biden’s massive infrastructure proposal has been over its $2 trillion price tag. But the most powerful tool for tackling the climate crisis in the American Jobs Plan, in the…
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Biden pitched a bold climate vision. He may be watching it die in Congress.

By Michael Grunwald   06/10/21  
President Joe Biden clearly wants to be a climate president. He’s set ambitious climate targets. He’s assembled a team of passionate climate wonks and activists. He’s announced a “whole of government approach” to the climate…
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Biden climate adviser: Infrastructure plan could omit some climate proposals

By Zach Colman   06/08/21  
President Joe Biden's National Climate Adviser Gina McCarthy said on Tuesday some ambitious proposals to fight climate change could fall out of the infrastructure package, but the administration would not give up its pursuit of…
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Energy Department announces new steps on US battery production

By Zack Budryk   06/08/21  
The Department of Energy on Tuesday announced a series of policy actions to scale up manufacturing of advanced battery technology, part of a broader White House effort to promote battery production in the U.S. The…
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Offshore Wind Farms Show What Biden’s Climate Plan Is Up Against

By Ivan Penn   06/07/21  
A constellation of 5,400 offshore wind turbines meet a growing portion of Europe’s energy needs. The United States has exactly seven. The U.S. has fallen way behind Europe partly because of an old shipping law…
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Climate emerges as infrastructure sticking point

By Rachel Frazin   06/07/21  
Climate change is emerging as a sticking point in infrastructure negotiations, as proposals from President Biden and Republicans remain disparate on actions to address the warming planet.
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Biden administration moves to bring back endangered species protections undone under Trump

By Dino Grandoni and Darryl Fears   06/05/21  
The Biden administration announced plans on Friday to reverse policies implemented under President Donald Trump that weakened the Endangered Species Act, a half-century-old law credited with the recovery of the bald eagle, humpback whale, grizzly…
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A Look at What’s Inside Biden’s $6 Trillion Budget Request

By Thomas Kaplan   05/28/21  
President Biden’s funding request to Congress lays out his economic ambitions, with proposals for significant new spending in areas like infrastructure, education and the environment.
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