Environmental Politics

US Climate Official Says Australia’s Climate Targets Are ‘Not Sufficient’

"A senior US climate official has warned Australia’s targets are “not sufficient” and the country should be considering a 50% cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, given the urgency of the threat outlined this week in a landmark report."

Source: Guardian, 08/12/2021

"Senate Approves Bipartisan, $1 Trillion Infrastructure Bill"

"The Senate on Tuesday approved a roughly $1 trillion proposal to improve the nation’s roads, bridges, pipes, ports and Internet connections, advancing a historic burst in federal spending after years of failed attempts on Capitol Hill to invest anew in the country’s aging infrastructure."

Source: Washington Post, 08/11/2021

Senate Passes $3.5 Trillion Budget Plan Funding Climate Programs

"The Senate took a major step early on Wednesday toward enacting a sweeping expansion of the nation’s social safety net, approving a $3.5 trillion budget blueprint along party lines that would allow Democrats to fund climate change, health care and education measures while increasing taxes on wealthy people and corporations."

Source: NYTimes, 08/11/2021

"Carmakers’ EV Pledge Gives Burned Environmentalists Deja Vu"

"The chief executives of the world’s biggest automakers gathered with President Barack Obama at the Washington Convention Center in 2011 to announce they had agreed to double the average fuel economy of their vehicles to 54.5 miles per gallon -- the largest increase in history."

Source: Bloomberg Green, 08/10/2021

Minnesota Blocks Release of Records About Surveilling Pipeline Opponents

"Following critical stories about the policing of anti-pipeline activists, a Minnesota law enforcement agency barred a federally affiliated body from releasing documents through the state’s public records laws, according to documents obtained by The Intercept."

Source: The Intercept, 08/10/2021

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