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Biden plans to cut emissions at least in half by 2030

Biden plans to cut emissions at least in half by 2030

President Biden this week will pledge to slash U.S. greenhouse gas emissions at least in half by the end of the decade, according to two people briefed on the plan, as part of an aggressive push to combat climate change at home and persuade other major economies around the world to follow suit.The move comes as Biden convenes a virtual summit of more than three dozen world leaders Thursday, aimed at ratcheting up international climate ambitions and reestablishing the United States as a leader in the effort to slow the planet’s warming.The planned U.S. pledge represents a near-doubling of...

Apr 20
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Biden administration wants the financial sector to face up to climate risk

Biden administration wants the financial sector to face up to climate risk

ADA growing number of federal regulators are pushing corporate America to reckon with , arguing that global warming poses significant peril not only to the environment but also to the U.S. economy.On Wednesday, Rostin Behnam, the acting chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, that he is establishing a Climate Risk Unit to focus on the role of complex financial derivatives in understanding and pricing . That follows a request on Monday by the Securities and Exchange Commission for on how to require companies to disclose “consistent, comparable, and reliable information on...

Mar 17
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Biden administration backs nation’s biggest wind farm off Martha’s Vineyard

Biden administration backs nation’s biggest wind farm off Martha’s Vineyard

ADThe Biden administration took a crucial step Monday toward approving the nation’s first large-scale offshore wind farm about 12 nautical miles off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., a project that officials say will launch a massive clean-power expansion in .In a final environmental review of Vineyard Wind, the Interior Department endorsed an idea that had been conceived two decades ago but had run into a well-funded and organized opposition from waterfront property owners near the tony island, including then-Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D), who died in 2009, and the billionaire...

Mar 8
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Biden is hiking the cost of carbon. It will change how the U.S. tackles global warming.

Biden is hiking the cost of carbon. It will change how the U.S. tackles global warming.

ADPresident Biden on Friday the way the U.S. government calculates the , a move that could reshape a range of consequential decisions, from whether to allow new coal leasing on federal land to what sort of steel is used in taxpayer-funded infrastructure projects.The administration plans to boost the figure it will use to assess the damage that greenhouse gas pollution inflicts on society to $51 per ton of carbon dioxide — a rate more than seven times higher than that used by former president Donald Trump’s administration. But the number, known as the “,” could reach as high as $125 per ton...

Feb 26
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Trump left behind a damaged government. Here’s what Biden faces as he rebuilds it.

Trump left behind a damaged government. Here’s what Biden faces as he rebuilds it.

ADMore than 18 months after the Agriculture Department relocated two research agencies from Washington to Kansas City, Mo., prompting a major exodus from both divisions, the agencies are still struggling to regain their strength.Even after a round of hiring in the past year, the permanent staff of the Economic Research Service is down 33 percent from where it was near the end of the Obama administration, and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture workforce has declined 34 percent. According to USDA, they have 115 and 130 job vacancies, respectively.“We lost some of the nation’s best...

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Feb 6
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Judge throws out Trump rule limiting what science EPA can use

Judge throws out Trump rule limiting what science EPA can use

ADA federal judge on Monday the Trump administration rule in crafting public health protections, overturning one of the last major actions taken by the agency before President Biden took office.The ruling by Judge Brian Morris, chief judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Montana, Great Falls, marked a victory for environmental groups and public health advocates. Just two weeks before Biden’s inauguration, EPA finalized a rule requiring researchers to disclose the raw data involved in their public health studies before the agency could rely upon their conclusions.The rule,...

Feb 1
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Trump officials moved most Bureau of Land Management positions out of D.C. More than 87 percent quit instead.

Trump officials moved most Bureau of Land Management positions out of D.C. More than 87 percent quit instead.

ADThe Trump administration’s decision to most Bureau of Land Management headquarters staffers out West — a move designed to shift power away from the nation’s capital — prompted more than 87 percent of the affected employees either to resign or retire rather than move, according to new data obtained by The Washington Post.The exit of longtime career staffers from the agency shows the extent to which the Trump administration reshaped the federal government. The reorganization plan reestablished the bureau’s headquarters in Grand Junction, Colo., moved 328 positions out of the main D.C....

Jan 28
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Biden likely to halt new fossil fuel leasing on federal lands and waters Wednesday

Biden likely to halt new fossil fuel leasing on federal lands and waters Wednesday

ADPresident Biden is poised to impose a moratorium on Wednesday, according two individuals briefed on the matter who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the plan was still being finalized. The move will deliver on one of Biden’s boldest climate campaign pledges but will encounter stiff resistance from the fossil fuel industry.The White House has prepared documents that would halt new oil and gas auctions on federal lands and waters for one year, these individuals said, and coal leasing for three years. The moratorium would not affect existing leases, meaning drilling would continue...

Jan 25
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Tracking Biden’s environmental actions

Tracking Biden’s environmental actions

President Biden placed squarely at the center of his White House agenda on Wednesday, using his first hours in office to rejoin the Paris climate accord and begin overturning more than 100 environmental actions taken by the Trump administration.Administration officials are suggesting that they will go well beyond reversing Trump’s policies. On Thursday U.S. presidential climate envoy John F. Kerry said the U.S. and other nations must commit to much deeper carbon cuts to avert dire climate impacts, and the Interior Department issued requiring signoff from a top political appointee for any...

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January 21, 2020
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Trump administration rushes to auction off rights to oil drilling in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge - The Boston Globe

Trump administration rushes to auction off rights to oil drilling in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge - The Boston Globe

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