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.


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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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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Politics & Global Warming, March 2021

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

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…

The Climate Deregulation Tracker

The Columbia Law School Tracker identifies steps taken by the Trump administration and Congress to scale back or wholly eliminate federal climate mitigation and adaptation measures. The tracker is linked to a database of climate…

Citizens Climate Lobby

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

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

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…


Youth climate activists demanding Green New Deal arrested at Mitch McConnell’s office

By Jessica Corbett   02/26/19  
Hundreds of Kentucky high school students and climate campaigners with the youth-led Sunrise Movement descended on the Capitol Hill office of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Monday to deliver 100,000 petition signatures and stage…
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Trump State of the Union speech: what climate change experts say

By Emily Holden   02/06/19  
Top scientists condemn State of the Union address and say future presidents must confront climate change as urgent priority
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The USDA Didn’t Publish Its Plan to Help Farmers Adapt to Climate Change. Here’s Where They Need It the Most.

By Tom Philpott   07/24/19  
The Trump administration’s department of agriculture has apparently settled on its strategy for preparing the food system for an uncertain future: ignore climate change.
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A Decisive Year for the Sunrise Movement and the Green New Deal

By Osita Nwanevu   05/14/19  
Six months ago on Tuesday, climate activists with the Sunrise Movement, joined by the incoming congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, held a sit-in at the office of the incoming House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, demanding that House Democrats…
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UN Climate Action Summit

By Khristopher J. Brooks and Jean-Paul Salamanca   09/20/19  
Sept 23rd is the 2019 United Nations’ Climate Action Summit, an opportunity for nations to ramp up their greenhouse gas reduction commitments under the Paris Agreement.
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President Trump Slaps Tariffs on Solar Panels in Major Blow to Renewable Energy

By Brian Eckhouse, Ari Natter and Christopher Martin / Bloomberg   07/03/19  
In the biggest blow he’s dealt to the renewable energy industry yet, President Donald Trump decided on Monday to slap tariffs on imported solar panels.
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Trump keeps making this error about climate change

By Dino Grandoni   07/01/19  
When asked about climate change, President Trump has a ready answer. The United States has the “cleanest air” and “cleanest water” in the world. But there is a big, glaring problem with that superlative response. Clear air…
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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: The “60 Minutes” interview

By Anderson Cooper   06/23/19  
The youngest woman ever elected to Congress tells "60 Minutes" she thinks President Trump is racist and responds to criticisms she could be pushing the Democratic Party too far to the left. Anderson Cooper reports.
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William Happer: Trump aide pushing climate denial inside the White House

By Emily Holden   06/21/19  
The physicist, 79, has a seat on the National Security Council – and thinks the science that proves global heating is wrong
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White House tells agencies they no longer have to weigh a project’s long-term climate impacts

By Juliet Eilperin   06/21/19  
The White House proposed Friday that federal agencies no longer have to take a project’s long-term climate impacts into account when assessing how they will affect the environment, reversing a major Obama administration policy.
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Trump Takes Ax to Government Advisory Committees, and Science Isn’t Immune

By Phil McKenna   06/17/19  
President Donald Trump's new order to cut the number of government advisory committees by a third is drawing condemnation from former government officials, scientists and environmental advocacy groups who say the committees provide a check against…
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Congress wants to know when Trump will fill all the vacant positions at Interior

By Dino Grandoni   06/17/19  
Congress is demanding answers about a staggering amount of vacancies in President Trump's Interior Department.
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White House blocked intelligence agency’s written testimony calling climate change ‘possibly catastrophic’

By Brady Dennis   06/08/19  
White House officials barred a State Department intelligence agency from submitting written testimony this week to the House Intelligence Committee warning that human-caused climate change is “possibly catastrophic.” The move came after State officials refused…
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The White House Plan to Change Climate Science

By Michael Barbaro   05/29/19  
After two years spent unraveling the policies of his predecessors, President Trump and his appointees are going after influential government reports.
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The Trump administration takes climate denial to new heights

By Paul Waldman   05/28/19  
Fifty or 100 years from now, we may well say that President Trump’s concerted effort to exacerbate climate change — and that’s precisely what it is — was the single worst thing he did in…
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The U.S. Spends More To Subsidize Dirty Fuels Than on Defense

By Grant Smith   05/14/19  
U.S. subsidies to the fossil fuel industry were nearly $650 billion in 2015, according to new estimates by the International Monetary Fund. That number – more than the nation spent on defense and 10 times…
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Inside The Sunrise Movement: How Climate Activists Put The Green New Deal On The Map

By NBC News   04/08/19  
The Green New Deal has seemingly come out of the blue to become a litmus test for 2020 presidential hopefuls. But it didn't happen by accident. Alongside multiple members of Congress—notably Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and…
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A Texan’s Big Bet on a Fossil-Fuel Future for California

By Ivan Penn and Thomas Kaplan   03/29/19  
Andrew Beal, a poker-playing billionaire and major Trump backer, could upend California’s carbon-free power goals with a case before federal regulators.
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To ‘secure a livable future,’ 30,000 youth urge court to let landmark climate suit go to trial

By Jake Johnson   03/06/19  
"We are filing the Young People's brief to show that thousands of youth across America not only feel the urgency of climate action, but also understand that the youth climate lawsuit must proceed to secure…
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Trump Wants To Set Up ‘Ad Hoc’ Panel To Fight Conclusions About Climate Change: Report

By Nick Visser   02/25/19  
The group of scientists would be tasked with countering a sweeping federal report released last November that warned of a dire future.
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Trump Admin Hands Win to Kochs, Stops Clean Car Negotiations With California

By Ben Jervey   02/21/19  
The Trump administration just took a big step closer to handing the Koch network one of it biggest wins yet under this presidency. Bloomberg has reported that there will be no deal between the Trump…
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Physicist William Happer, the ‘Unmoored’ Climate Science Denier Heading a White House Climate Probe Wants To Set Up ‘Ad Hoc’ Panel To Fight Conclusions About Climate Change: Report

By Graham Readfearn   02/20/19  
In 2016, retired Princeton physicist Professor Will Happer accepted an invitation from conspiracy theorist G. Edward Griffin to give a keynote at his conference to talk about the “positive effects of CO2.” Griffin thinks the…
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Court tosses challenge to EPA’s exclusion of certain scientists from advisory boards

By Timothy Cama   02/12/19  
The EPA is shedding scientific advice and embracing lobbyists on its boards. Now a Trump appointed judge supports their right to do so.
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Politics & Global Warming

By Anthony Leiserowitz, Edward Maibach, Seth Rosenthal, John Kotcher, Matthew Goldberg, Matthew Ballew, Abel Gustafson and Parrish Bergquist   12/01/18  
Drawing on a nationally representative survey (N = 1,114; including 966 registered voters), this report describes how American registered voters — Republicans, Democrats, and Independents — view global warming, personal and collective action, and climate…
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EPA quietly telling states they can pollute more

By Rene Marsh, Gregory Wallace and Ellie Kaufman   10/31/18  
The Environmental Protection Agency has quietly signaled it may allow states to release more ozone air pollution, commonly known as smog, dirtying the air in those states and neighboring ones, but the agency did not…
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BG Corporations’ Green Promises Are Often Undermined By Their Lobbying

By Tom Lyon   07/20/18  
Many major corporations like Exxon Mobil and Ford have issued public commitments to sustainability and are working renewable energy use into their business model. However, these companies are also quietly lobbying for policies that support…
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US governors, mayors, businesses, commit to Paris climate pact goals

By Timothy Cama   06/05/17  
More than 1,000 governors, mayors, businesses and others are committing to uphold the goals of the Paris climate change agreement.  
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Apple, Microsoft and others supported staying in the Paris Agreement

By Nathan Ingraham   06/01/17  
With President Donald Trump set to make a decision on the Paris climate change agreement today, Apple, Google, Facebook, Microsoft and 21 other companies published an open letter urging him to keep the US in…
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