Environmental Politics

"What Will Trump’s Most Profound Legacy Be? Possibly Climate Damage"

"President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. will use the next four years to try to restore the environmental policies that his predecessor has methodically blown up, but the damage done by the greenhouse gas pollution unleashed by President Trump’s rollbacks may prove to be one of the most profound legacies of his single term."

Source: NYTimes, 11/12/2020

How Biden Aims To Amp Up The Government’s Fight Against Climate Change

"A new administration would enlist departments like Transportation, Agriculture and Treasury to advance its climate goals"

"President-elect Joe Biden is poised to embed action on climate change across the breadth of the federal government, from the departments of Agriculture to Treasury to State — expanding it beyond environmental agencies to speed U.S. efforts to mitigate global warming and to acknowledge that the problem touches many aspects of American life.

Source: Washington Post, 11/12/2020

"Shell Wants Biden to Reverse Methane Emissions Rollback"

"Royal Dutch Shell Plc will push for the reversal of President Donald Trump’s rollback of methane emissions rules and the introduction of carbon pricing when Joe Biden moves into the White House next year.

“Some of the regulatory rollbacks that we’ve seen under the current administration haven’t actually benefited our industry,” Shell U.S. President Gretchen Watkins said Tuesday on a webcast hosted by the Greater Houston Partnership.

Source: Bloomberg Environment, 11/11/2020

"Public Lands: Concern, Anger Grow Over Outdoor Act Implementation"

"The Interior Department yesterday submitted to Congress its lists of Land and Water Conservation Fund projects to be prioritized for fiscal 2021 — a week late and amid fierce backlash from members of both parties and environmental advocates."

Source: E&E News, 11/11/2020

"4th Circuit Freezes Key Mountain Valley Pipeline Approval"

"The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed yesterday to pause developers' use of a streamlined water permit for the Mountain Valley pipeline, dealing another setback for a multibillion-dollar project beset by years of delays and cost overruns."

Source: E&E News, 11/11/2020

Senate Would Boost Energy Spending, Level-Fund Environment Agencies

"Energy and environmental agencies avoided major cuts and most controversial policy riders in Senate spending bills released this morning. The Senate Appropriations Committee released its 12 annual government funding bills, without holding any markups, to serve as an opening bid in negotiations with the House."

Source: E&E News, 11/11/2020

Biden Transition Team For Environment Includes Former Obama Officials

"President-elect Joe Biden’s transition teams for the Environmental Protection Agency and Transportation Department will be run by several agency alumni who served under President Barack Obama and helped craft regulations like the Clean Power Plan and tougher fuel economy standards for vehicles."

Source: Reuters, 11/11/2020
November 13, 2020

Build Back Better: Scientific Advice and Integrity After the Trump Years

Columbia University's Earth Institute invites you to join host Andy Revkin and a stellar array of scientists, scholars and veterans of the federal scientific advisory process in a brainstorm on ways to build a damaged system back better and create more uniform standards for scientific integrity. Noon - 1:30 p.m. ET.



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