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President Joe Biden’s and Vice President Kamala Harris’s victory marks  a new day in the fight for bold, just and equitable climate policy in the United States. It means that the US will now have a leadership that believes in science, knows that climate change is real, and is committed to supporting united and multilateral action.

Biden has assembled a climate team with stunning speed, creating new positions of power within the White House to focus on climate (John Kerry with an eye on the international impacts and Gina McCarthy on domestic goals). He moved instantly on executive orders to both create new regulations and rollback the rollbacks of the previous administration. He moved on day one to reinstate America’s role in the Paris Climate Agreement, which was accomplished on February 19, 2021. He has asked his cabinet to look upon every action through the lens of climate. You might be interesting in following some of his executive actions at The Washington Post’s page tracking his environmental progress.

The democrats now control the White House and Congress, although in the Senate it will take Vice President Kamala Harris to break a tie vote, complicating Biden’s legislative agenda. The president will, nonetheless, will have a wide array of tools — from expanding renewables on federal lands to pushing the financial industry on climate change — that could put the U.S. on a trajectory to decarbonizing its electricity sector by 2035. His goal to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles was given a huge boost in early February by GM’s announcement that it would shift to 100% electric vehicles by 2035.

For more on what he has already accomplished and what he plans to accomplish, go to Biden’s Climate Plan and to the LAWS AND LITIGATION section where you will find extensive information on what is happening within the federal government, from the Executive branch to the Legislative and Judicial branches.

CURRENT NEWS

Environmental justice groups ask feds to resist weakening rules on clean hydrogen tax credit

By Kari Lydersen 02/08/24
Almost 50 environmental justice groups on Tuesday sent a letter to leaders of the federally-funded Midwestern hydrogen hub, imploring them not to try to loosen requirements for tax incentives for hydrogen produced with clean energy.
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Senate confirms head of EPA’s air office, key to Biden climate rules

By Maxine Joselow 01/31/24
The Senate on Wednesday voted to confirm Joseph Goffman to lead the Environmental Protection Agency’s air office, which is racing to finalize some of President Biden’s most consequential climate rules before the end of his…
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House GOP says SEC is overstepping authority, cannot demand climate disclosures

By Lamar Johnson 01/23/24
Republicans on the House Financial Services Committee argued Thursday that the Securities and Exchange Commission’s upcoming rule requiring businesses to submit climate-related disclosures oversteps its authority, in light of recent U.S. Supreme Court and federal…
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John Kerry to retire as top US climate negotiator

By Aime Williams 01/14/24
John Kerry, the top US climate diplomat and former presidential candidate, will retire in coming months, shortly ahead of a US election in ...
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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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Burgeoning hydrogen industry draws $41 million in federal lobbying from fossil fuel companies

By Jimmy Cloutier 12/12/23
The number of companies and organizations lobbying the federal government on issues related to hydrogen increased nearly tenfold since President Joe Biden took office — from about two dozen at the end of 2020 to…
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The intractability of Republican climate politics

By Philip Bump 08/07/23
It largely doesn’t matter what Mike Pence’s plans for the presidency are, given that his odds of being elected to that position next year are just a bit better than your odds of winning Powerball.…
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Summer of Heat and Fire Doesn’t Sway Republicans on Climate

By Ari Natter 08/05/23
Record-setting wildfires and deadly heat waves across the globe are providing the most tangible evidence of climate change yet. In fact, 2023 is likely to be the globe’s hottest year ever, according to the non-profit…
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GOP presidential candidates avoid discussing climate change on campaign trail

By Amna Nawaz and Saher Khan 08/04/23
The 2024 Republican presidential campaign season is in full swing and candidates are stumping on a host of key issues. But one topic that’s missing from their agenda is climate change. Despite a summer of…
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As the planet bakes, political agendas stall progress on climate change

By Stuart P.m. Mackintosh 07/20/23
For most citizens and voters in, America I hope we are at a climate change opinion tipping point. These last few weeks have been a planetary alarm bell. We are endangering our very survival.
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Republicans’ Deadly Plan to Block Biden From Declaring a Climate Emergency

By Prem Thakker 07/19/23
Wednesday marks the twentieth day in a row that Phoenix eclipses 110 degrees Fahrenheit—and the next seven days are projected to maintain the record-breaking horror. Thousands of Texans have been going to the emergency room…
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House Republicans propose ambitious reforestation plan in response to climate change

By Stephen Groves 07/18/23
As Speaker Kevin McCarthy visited a natural gas drilling site in northeast Ohio to promote House Republicans’ plan to sharply increase domestic production of energy from fossil fuels last month, the signs of rising global…
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KEY RESOURCES

Politics & Global Warming, March 2021

06/04/21
Drawing on a nationally representative survey (n = 1,037; including 922 registered voters), this report describes how Democratic, Independent, and Republican registered voters view climate and energy policies.

The Climate Action Tracker

02/28/24
The Climate Action Tracker (CAT) is an independent scientific analysis produced by three research organisations tracking climate action since 2009. We track progress towards the globally agreed aim of holding warming well below 2°C, and…

Citizens Climate Lobby

01/19/19
Citizens’ Climate Lobby is a non-profit, non-partisan, grassroots advocacy organization focused on national policies to address climate change. By building upon shared values rather than partisan divides, and empowering our supporters to work in keeping…

Carbon Tax Center

01/19/19
The Carbon Tax Center stands at the front lines of the struggle for a sustainable climate and a habitable Earth. Our mission: to generate support to enact a transparent and equitable U.S. carbon pollution tax…

Carbon Pricing as a Solution to Climate Change

02/14/20
FCNL believes that carbon pricing is one of many essential tools that Congress should use to address climate change and shift towards a clean energy economy. While we have not endorsed any particular bill at…

MORE NEWS

Climate change isn’t a top issue for Democrats or Republicans. Record heat should change that.

By Clifford Young   07/15/23  
Extreme weather events are on the rise. States across the south-central and western U.S. are roasting. New York to New England is dealing with catastrophic floods. After years of drought, California went the opposite way…
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Climate Change in the American Mind: Politics & Policy, Spring 2023

By Anthony Leiserowitz and others   06/28/23  
More than half of registered voters (54%) think global warming should be a high or very high priority for the president and Congress (refer to data tables, p. 30). This includes a large majority of…
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Progressive campaign strategy: Make Manchin irrelevant

By Timothy Cama   07/19/22  
Progressive climate change advocates are increasingly coalescing around a midterm election strategy aimed at making Sen. Joe Manchin’s opposition to President Joe Biden’s environmental agenda irrelevant. In the days since the West Virginia Democrat shut…
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An American Climate Failure

By Somini Sengupta   07/15/22  
As millions of people on three continents baked in heat waves supercharged by climate change this week, one American politician, an ardent champion of the fossil fuel industry, doused any hopes of immediate climate action…
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Convince Republicans or revolt? No easy path to US climate action

By Joe Lo   07/07/22  
In one, lobbyists and lawyers from big green NGOs played down the significance of the ruling, stressing that president Joe Biden and his EPA still have powers they can use. “It’s not as bad as…
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Republican drive to tilt courts against climate action reaches a crucial moment

By Coral Davenport   06/19/22  
A Supreme Court environmental case being decided this month is the product of a coordinated, multiyear strategy by Republican attorneys general and conservative allies.
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Biden’s ‘energy whisperer’ balances climate agenda, rising gas prices

By Maxine Joselow   06/19/22  
When President Biden vowed to “intensify” relations with the Caribbean at the Summit of the Americas, he told leaders of more than a dozen Caribbean countries that they could meet with one of his top…
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Climate Policy in a Republican World

By Joel Stronberg   06/16/22  
In recent days Republicans in the US House of Representatives released the first of what will be a six-part policy platform on energy, climate, and conservation. The strategy was the work of the Energy, Climate,…
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E.P.A., Reversing Trump, Will Restore States’ Power to Block Pipelines

By Lisa Friedman   06/02/22  
The Biden administration on Thursday will move to restore authority to states and tribes to veto gas pipelines, coal terminals and other energy projects if they would pollute local rivers and streams, reversing a Trump-era…
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The latest in the Joe Manchin party-switch saga

By Aaron Blake   04/28/22  
The latest entry in the saga comes via a new book from the New York Times’s Alexander Burns and Jonathan Martin. The two report that Manchin had dinner with some Senate Republicans in early 2021…
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Forget Manchin — go around him to pass a climate bill

By Andreas Karelas   04/12/22  
Last year, “Political Climate,” podcast co-host Brandon Hurlbut asked, “Do you think there’s an opportunity now to pick off some of those Republican senators like Lisa Murkowski, like Rob Portman, like Susan Collins or Mitt…
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New IPCC report: Only political will stands in way of meeting the Paris targets

By Dana Nuccitelli   04/06/22  
In the just-released third installment of its Sixth Assessment Report (the first two volumes covered climate change causes and impacts), the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) summarizes the latest scientific research on efforts to…
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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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Two stark reminders about the political challenge of tackling climate change

By Philip Bump   03/28/22  
There was an unappreciated irony to the placard that graced the lectern from which former president Donald Trump spoke over the weekend. “Save America,” it said, reflecting Trump’s preferred descriptor for the threat the country…
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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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How an Electric Truck Factory Became a Lightning Rod in Georgia

By David Gelles   03/14/22  
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…
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The ironic effort to wave away climate change in favor of ‘clean air’

By Philip Bump   03/03/22  
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…
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GOP and gas lobby preemptively quashed cuts in natural gas usage

By Ella Nilsen   02/17/22  
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…
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How Politics, Society and Tech Shape the Path of Climate Change

By Kat Kerlin   02/16/22  
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,…
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How is the federal government approaching climate resilience?

02/01/22  
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…
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In Senate race, leading Pa. Democrat spurns a fracking ban

By Maxine Joselow   01/31/22  
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:
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Defusing the Global Climate Emergency Depends on Defusing the Democracy Emergency

By Mark Hertsgaard   01/07/22  
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…
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Behind Manchin’s opposition, a long history of fighting climate measures

By Jonathan Weisman and Lisa Friedman   12/20/21  
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.
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One year of ‘President Manchin’

By Ben Terris   12/14/21  
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…
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Should California Democrats take oil and gas money? The party is torn

By Sammy Roth   10/28/21  
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…
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Paid leave at risk of falling out of spending package as Biden nears deal with Manchin and Sinema

By Tony Romm, Mike DeBonis and Marianna Sotomayor   10/27/21  
The White House intensified meetings with 2 senators as they raced to resolve a number of issues in giant tax-and-spending measure.
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A key senator presented an alternative power plant program. But will it stick?

By Maxine Joselow   10/21/21  
Good morning! My colleague Dino Grandoni helped with today’s edition of The Climate 202. Loyal Post readers will remember that Dino used to write The Energy 202, and apparently he missed the newsletter life. 😆…
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The Democrats Have a Lot of Cutting to Do

By Margot Sanger-Katz and Alicia Parlapiano   10/20/21  
To win over their most centrist members, the Democrats will need to fit all their wishes into the smaller box.
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Climate Activists Start Hunger Strike in Front of White House

10/20/21  
A group of climate activists are beginning a hunger strike outside the White House today to demand Congress and President Biden pass the climate crisis provisions in the reconciliation package. The youth activists made the…
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What’s driving Manchin’s resistance to climate change legislation

By Zachary B. Wolf   10/20/21  
West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin -- a Democrat -- appears to be intent on ripping the heart out of President Joe Biden's climate change agenda. With his all-powerful 50th vote as leverage, Manchin's reported opposition…
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Why fossil fuel subsidies are so hard to kill

By Jocelyn Timperley   10/20/21  
Fossil-fuel subsidies are one of the biggest financial barriers hampering the world’s shift to renewable energy sources. Each year, governments around the world pour around half a trillion dollars into artificially lowering the price of…
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Democrats Are Courting Manchin on Their Agenda. Here’s What He Wants.

By Emily Cochrane   10/18/21  
The West Virginia Democrat could decide the fate of President Biden’s top legislative priority, and he has not been shy about outlining the kinds of changes he wants to see.
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Democrats Scramble for Climate Options After Manchin Rejects Clean-Energy Plan

By Paola Rosa-Aquino   10/17/21  
The White House is struggling to find a way to significantly address climate change after Democratic senator Joe Manchin reportedly signaled his opposition to ​​President Biden’s clean-power plan, a critical element of his climate agenda.
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Democrats Weigh Carbon Tax After Manchin Rejects Key Climate Provision

By Coral Davenport and Luke Broadwater   10/16/21  
Faced with the likely demise of a central pillar of President Biden’s agenda, the White House and outraged lawmakers are scrambling to find alternatives.
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Key to Biden’s Climate Agenda Likely to Be Cut Because of Manchin Opposition

By Coral Davenport   10/15/21  
The West Virginia Democrat told the White House he is firmly against a clean electricity program that is the muscle behind the president’s plan to battle climate change.
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Major Climate Action at Stake in Fight Over Twin Bills Pending in Congress

By Brad Plumer and Winston Choi-Schagrin   10/15/21  
Legislation aimed at infrastructure and social programs also includes big changes in energy, transportation and disaster preparation. They would amount to the most significant climate action ever taken by the United States.
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Sen. Elizabeth Warren Says Manchin and Sinema Don’t Have All the Power

10/13/21  
Sen. Elizabeth Warren talks about Biden’s infrastructure agenda, Sens. Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema and why the Democratic Party needs to show how they can help the American people.
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New US Congress Conservative Climate Caucus is Fossil-fuel Friendly

By Michael Barnard   10/13/21  
Recently, Republicans received some favorable climate-related coverage. Utah’s 3rd District Congressman John Curtis announced the formation of a Conservative Climate Caucus. It came with a roster of roughly 60 Congresspeople, none of them particularly well…
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Opinion: Don’t Let Inflation Anxiety Undermine Our Future

By Paul Krugman   10/12/21  
Even if inflation is a bigger problem than the Biden administration or like-minded economists think it is, however, what are the implications beyond monetary policy? In particular, is the risk of inflation a reason for…
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Tensions erupt between environmental justice leaders and White House

By Zack Colman   10/05/21  
Members of the environmental justice movement sent an email blast more than 5,600 times over a 48-hour period to top Biden administration officials, disrupting White House communication and sparking a tense exchange between the administration’s…
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Big Business Is Bankrolling an Effort to Kill the Democratic Climate Bill

By Robinson Meyer   10/01/21  
The trade group that represents Apple, Walmart, Nike, and dozens of other companies is trying to kneecap the U.S.’s final chance to meet its 2025 climate goals.
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Joe Manchin’s Truly Brutal Ransom Note

By Bill McKibben   10/01/21  
With regard to energy, he made one basic demand, which follow the industry’s line to a T. And it only took five words: “Spending on innovation, not elimination.” In other words: it is permissible to…
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Congress approves government funding bill hours before midnight deadline to avert shutdown

By Tony Romm   09/30/21  
The votes in the House and Senate followed weeks of hand wringing between the two parties, after Democrats initially sought to move the measure along with another proposal to raise the country’s debt ceiling. Senate…
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API targets climate legislation with Facebook ad blitz

By Scott Waldman   09/30/21  
Two lobbying groups for the oil and gas industry have bombarded Facebook with hundreds of ads opposing climate legislation in Congress that have been viewed 23 million times. The American Petroleum Institute and the American…
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SEIA aims for solar to generate 30 percent of U.S. electricity by 2030, but urges political assistance

By Chris Galford   09/30/21  
The United States solar industry raised its goals for generation this week, as the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) reported a push for solar to represent 30 percent of U.S. electricity generation within the decade.
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Joe Manchin, America’s climate decider-in-chief, is a coal baron

By Mark Hertsgaard   09/30/21  
Joe Manchin has never been this famous. People around the world now know that the West Virginia Democrat is the essential 50th vote in the US Senate that president Joe Biden needs to pass his…
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Carbon tax fight brews among Democrats

By Nick Sobczyk, Geof Koss, Emma Dumain   09/29/21  
Carbon pricing is back in the climate change conversation, but House and Senate Democrats are at odds about the policy as reconciliation talks reach a breaking point. Senate Finance Chair Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) is pushing…
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Infrastructure Week At Last? Here’s Everything Congress Aims To Tackle In The Coming Days

By Andrew Solender   09/26/21  
Congress is slated to have its busiest and most chaotic week this year, with the House set to consider several of President Joe Biden’s proposed spending bills as the Senate tries to simultaneously avert a…
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In California, Worsening Fires Show Limits of Biden’s Power

By Christopher Flavelle and Zolan Kanno-Youngs   09/14/21  
President Biden visited California on Monday to tout his efforts to better protect the state against the raging wildfires that have burned more than two million acres, displaced thousands and pushed responders to the brink…
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House Energy Panel Seeks Billions For EPA To Cut GHGs, Air Pollution

09/10/21  
The House Energy & Commerce Committee is poised to mark up budget reconciliation measures Sept. 13 that would appropriate billions of dollars for EPA to cut greenhouse gases and conventional air pollution, while also imposing…
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