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Biden’s team is planning a massive climate and infrastructure bill

Biden’s team is planning a massive climate and infrastructure bill

Evan Vucci/APSince taking office in January, President Joe Biden has had his hands full managing the COVID-19 pandemic and rolling out the most aggressive vaccination drive in U.S. history. This month, congressional Democrats muscled a  across the finish line, passing the first major bill of the Biden administration without a single Republican vote. With the first legislative hurdle of 2021 out of the way, the Biden team is reportedly turning to another time-sensitive crisis: climate change.On Monday, the New York Times  that Biden’s economic advisers are preparing to unveil a set of...

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Florida Republicans are ready to stop rising seas — just not climate change

Florida Republicans are ready to stop rising seas — just not climate change

Before it was pumped, leveed, and paved, south Florida looked like a network of spongy wetlands. Over the course of about a century, those damp lowlands were transformed into a paradise for more than 9 million people, complete with a bustling tourism industry and trillions of dollars worth of infrastructure. Now, the in the union is uniquely threatened by sea-level rise: the lower third of the state in just a few generations. The ocean is threatening to turn paved paradise back into a sponge.After years of dragging their feet, Republican lawmakers in the state are trying to prevent that...

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Amy Coney Barrett isn't a scientist, but she might be a climate denier

Amy Coney Barrett isn't a scientist, but she might be a climate denier

“I’m certainly not a scientist,” Amy Coney Barrett to a question about climate change during her confirmation hearing for the Supreme Court on Tuesday. “I mean, I’ve read things about climate change. I would not say I have firm views on it.”On Wednesday, Barrett doubled down on her lack of scientific background when Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut pressed her on her position on climate change.BLUMENTHAL: Do you believe that human beings cause global warming?Get Grist in your inboxAsk your climate scientist if Grist is right for you. See ourBARRETT: Senator Blumenthal, I...

October 14, 2020
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How the Green New Deal lit a fire under the GOP

How the Green New Deal lit a fire under the GOP

“We should be a little nervous,” U.S. Representative Kevin McCarthy of California at a political conference in Georgia last October.McCarthy had little obvious reason to be on edge — the House minority leader was in the majority that day at the Washington Examiner’s annual political summit at Sea Island, a five-star resort. And for the first 15 minutes of his interview with Examiner reporter David Drucker, McCarthy exuded confidence. Republicans would win back the House in 2020, he promised. “The first number I want you to remember from now until the election: 19,” he said. “There’s only 19...

October 14, 2020
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Joe Biden’s new climate ad addresses the plight of American farmers - Grist

Joe Biden’s new climate ad addresses the plight of American farmers - Grist

When was the last time a presidential nominee of a major party put out a TV advertisement about climate change? Before Tuesday, the answer to that question was “never.”Last week, former Second Lady Jill Biden visited Michigan on behalf of her husband, Democratic nominee Joe Biden. There, she toured a cherry farm in Central Lake owned by the Kings, a family of farmers. The campaign released by a presidential nominee in U.S. history. It will air in northern Michigan.“We’re having more challenges in tart cherries than ever before,” John King, co-owner of King Orchards, says in the ad. “As I...

October 6, 2020
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Three unexpected ways Joe Biden plans to tackle climate change

Three unexpected ways Joe Biden plans to tackle climate change

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