Environmental Politics

Biden’s Big Bet: Tackling Climate Change Will Create Jobs, Not Kill Them

"In 2017, as Donald J. Trump was announcing the United States’ withdrawal from the Paris climate accord, the largest global effort to attack planetary warming, he declared, “I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris.”"

Source: NYTimes, 04/01/2021

The Lawyer Who Took On Chevron Marks His 600th Day Under House Arrest

"Many of us will have felt the grip of claustrophobic isolation over the past year, but the lawyer Steven Donziger has experienced an extreme, very personal confinement as a pandemic arrived and then raged around him in New York City."

Source: Guardian, 03/31/2021

"Wind Energy Is a Big Business in Indiana, Leading to Awkward Alliances"

"Hotly debated legislation would open the state to renewable energy projects, trumping local restrictions."

"A debate over renewable energy in Indiana is scrambling some of the usual politics of energy and the environment.

The wind industry is working with leaders in the Republican-run state government to pass statewide rules for where wind and solar systems can be built, which would allow for more development by replacing the often-restrictive rules now set at the county level.

Understandably, county leaders don’t like that.

Source: Inside Climate News, 03/31/2021

"White House Environmental Justice Focus Casts EPA in Shadows"

"President Joe Biden’s push to elevate racial justice and the needs of disadvantaged communities is starting to overshadow a key player at the forefront of environmental justice for more than two decades: the Environmental Protection Agency."

Source: Bloomberg Environment, 03/31/2021

Lead Pipes: Biden Visit Highlights Pittsburgh Water Contamination Woes

"President Biden's scheduled appearance in Pittsburgh tomorrow to unveil a multitrillion-dollar infrastructure plan could have a direct bearing on the city's ongoing efforts to combat contaminated drinking water."

Source: E&E News, 03/31/2021

"Auto Negotiations Test Biden’s Vow To Create A Climate-Friendly Future"

"Phasing out the internal-combustion engine is critical to President Biden’s vow to retool the American economy for a low-carbon future. In a massive infrastructure plan set to be unveiled Wednesday, Biden is expected to signal just how far he is willing to go to achieve his climate goals."

Source: Washington Post, 03/31/2021

Biden Details $2 Trillion Plan to Rebuild Infrastructure, Economy

"President Biden will unveil an infrastructure plan on Wednesday whose $2 trillion price tag would translate into 20,000 miles of rebuilt roads, repairs to the 10 most economically important bridges in the country, the elimination of lead pipes and service lines from the nation’s water supplies and a long list of other projects intended to create millions of jobs in the short run and strengthen American competitiveness in the long run."

Source: NYTimes, 03/31/2021

Fairy Creek Blockade: Inside The Fight For B.C.’S Last Ancient Forests

"For eight months a small group of protesters have successfully prevented logging company Teal-Jones from accessing forest on Pacheedaht territory, exposing tensions that can exist at the intersection of Indigenous land rights, economic opportunity and the urgent battle to protect what remains of the province's old growth".

Source: The Tyee, 03/30/2021

"Biden’s Lesson From Past Green Stimulus Failures: Go Even Bigger"

"As vice president, Joe Biden oversaw a “green jobs” stimulus package that produced notable failures. This time, with more money and more demand for clean technology, will be different, Democrats say."

"WASHINGTON — In September 2009, then-Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. traveled to a defunct General Motors plant near his hometown, Wilmington, Del., to announce a $528.7 million government loan for Fisker Automotive to make hybrid and electric vehicles.

Source: NYTimes, 03/30/2021

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