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DOE Invests $35 Million to Reduce Carbon Footprint of Biofuel Production
Climate
DOE Invests $35 Million to Reduce Carbon Footprint of Biofuel Production
2021-05-17 17:05:56
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Energy last week announced $35 million in funding that will help slash carbon emissions and scale up the volume and efficiency of renewable biofuel. The 15 awarded research projects are housed at colleges, universities,... Read More

Granholm Says Green Jobs a Matter of ‘Economic Patriotism’
Employment
Granholm Says Green Jobs a Matter of ‘Economic Patriotism’
2021-05-17 15:32:16
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration’s push to tackle several crises at once has reenergized the push for green jobs or those jobs which contribute to preserving or restoring the environment, including those in traditional sectors, like manufacturing.  His American Jobs... Read More

Biden Administration Approves Nation’s First Major Offshore Wind Farm
Energy
Biden Administration Approves Nation’s First Major Offshore Wind Farm
2021-05-11 18:59:05
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Biden administration gave its final approval Tuesday to the construction and operation of the Vineyard Wind project -- the first large-scale, offshore wind project in the United States. The decision was announced by Interior Secretary Deb Haaland... Read More

Biden Creates Climate Change Support Office
Climate
Biden Creates Climate Change Support Office
2021-05-07 20:00:38
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - President Joe Biden signed an executive order Friday afternoon establishing a temporary  “Climate Change Support Office” within the Department of States. The order directs Secretary of State Antony Blinken to name a director of the office and to... Read More

Senate Reinstates Obama-Era Controls on Climate-Warming Methane
Climate
Senate Reinstates Obama-Era Controls on Climate-Warming Methane
2021-04-29 13:27:34
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Senate voted Wednesday to reinstate an Obama-era regulation intended to reduce methane gas leaks from oil and gas facilities. In September, former President Donald Trump rolled back the regulation, which required facility operators to regularly monitor their... Read More

Biden Aims For U.S. ‘Leadership’ On Climate, Announces Reduction in Emissions
Climate
Biden Aims For U.S. ‘Leadership’ On Climate, Announces Reduction in Emissions
2021-04-22 20:02:53
by Daniel Mollenkamp

At a virtual summit on climate change attended by 40 world leaders on Thursday, President Joseph Biden announced that the U.S. would reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by half over the next decade. Biden’s plan promises to lower greenhouse gas... Read More

Biden Opening Summit with Ambitious New US Climate Pledge
White House
Biden Opening Summit with Ambitious New US Climate Pledge

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will open a global climate summit with a pledge to cut at least in half the climate-wrecking coal and petroleum fumes that the U.S. pumps out, a commitment he hopes will spur China and... Read More

DOT Taps First Chief Science Officer in Over 40 Years
Transportation
DOT Taps First Chief Science Officer in Over 40 Years
2021-04-21 17:17:07
by TWN Staff

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Transportation Department is appointing a chief science officer for the first time in over four decades as part of a comprehensive effort to fulfill the White House's commitment to addressing climate change. In a related move,... Read More

Hydrogen as Fuel of the Future is a ‘Jump Ball’
Energy
Hydrogen as Fuel of the Future is a ‘Jump Ball’
2021-04-21 14:37:03
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — When America Hernandez first took her job as an energy policy correspondent just over a year ago, hydrogen was considered a futuristic, but somewhat niche subject. “Boy did that change quickly!” she told participants at the Wilson Center’s... Read More

Biden to Pledge Halving Greenhouse Gases by 2030
In The News
Biden to Pledge Halving Greenhouse Gases by 2030

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will pledge to cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions at least in half by 2030 as he convenes a virtual climate summit with 40 world leaders, according to three people with knowledge of the White... Read More

EU Reaches Major Climate Deal Ahead of Biden Climate Summit
Climate
EU Reaches Major Climate Deal Ahead of Biden Climate Summit

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union reached a tentative climate deal that is intended to make the 27-nation bloc climate-neutral by 2050, with member states and parliament agreeing on new carbon emissions targets on the eve of a virtual summit... Read More

Biden's Virtual Climate Summit: Diplomacy Sans Human Touch
White House
Biden's Virtual Climate Summit: Diplomacy Sans Human Touch

WASHINGTON (AP) — There will be no hands to shake or backs to slap, no way to look a foreign leader in the eye. The small human moments that define statecraft will be reduced to images on a screen.  President... Read More

Biden Pressed on Emissions Goal as Climate Summit Nears
White House
Biden Pressed on Emissions Goal as Climate Summit Nears

WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Joe Biden convenes a virtual climate summit on Thursday, he faces a vexing task: how to put forward a nonbinding but symbolic goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that will have a tangible impact on... Read More

Are Biden’s Plans for Electric Vehicles Worth the Money?
Infrastructure
Are Biden’s Plans for Electric Vehicles Worth the Money?
2021-04-14 20:12:29
by Alexa Hornbeck

WASHINGTON - On Monday, Biden held an infrastructure meeting to work on a compromise between the Democrats and Republicans, but representatives like David Price, D-N.C., told reporters that, “the main obstacle for a bipartisan deal is how to pay for... Read More

MENA and Latin America Rally Behind Climate Change Agenda
Climate
MENA and Latin America Rally Behind Climate Change Agenda
2021-04-07 14:15:25
by Daniel Mollenkamp

This week, countries in the Persian Gulf expressed commitment to the Paris Agreement and to green infrastructure investments, in a joint statement from the United Arab Emirates Regional Climate meeting at which U.S. Special Envoy for Climate, John Kerry, was... Read More

How Climate Change is Impacting Investment
Finance
How Climate Change is Impacting Investment
2021-03-23 20:47:24
by Victoria Turner

WASHINGTON - Emma Howard Boyd, chairwoman of the United Kingdom’s Environmental Agency, would like you to invest your pension in environmentally-friendly financial funds, she urged today during a Peterson Institute for International Economics event entitled, “Economic Impact of Climate Change.”... Read More

Islands Sinking Due to Climate Change Asking for Help
Climate
Islands Sinking Due to Climate Change Asking for Help
2021-03-05 14:44:14
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Islands that fall under U.S. protection asked Congress for help Thursday from the climate change that is making their shores sink into the ocean and subjecting them to devastating hurricanes. With so little land compared with the U.S.... Read More

Decline in Emissions and Transportation Sector Energy Demand in 2020
Climate
Decline in Emissions and Transportation Sector Energy Demand in 2020
2021-02-24 15:45:46
by Reece Nations

Although 2020 was an economically woeful year due to the coronavirus pandemic, a joint report by BloombergNEF and the Business Council for Sustainable Energy indicates renewable energy sources made record contributions to the country’s power grid.  The annual report, called... Read More

New Report Promotes ‘Quiet Climate’ Policies and Job Creation in Post COVID World
Think Tanks
New Report Promotes ‘Quiet Climate’ Policies and Job Creation in Post COVID World
2021-02-05 17:48:16
by Sara Wilkerson

A new report from the Breakthrough Institute, an environmental research center based in California, outlines how Congress can effectively tackle climate change while creating millions of jobs in the process. The report aims to prioritize specific climate change policy goals... Read More

Manchin Gets Candid About Energy and Climate in the 117th Congress
Congress
Manchin Gets Candid About Energy and Climate in the 117th Congress
2021-02-04 22:28:50
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — The Biden Administration’s priorities for clean energy, climate, and infrastructure will necessitate some ambitious legislation which may be problematic in the closely divided 117th Congress. One Democratic Senator will undoubtedly be the linchpin playing a decisive role in... Read More

Senate Panel Considers Options For Confronting Climate Change
Climate
Senate Panel Considers Options For Confronting Climate Change
2021-02-03 22:26:05
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- A Senate committee reviewed U.S. progress toward reducing climate change Wednesday to determine whether the nation is ready for President Joe Biden’s executive orders on environmental policy. The witnesses and senators spent much of their time discussing emissions... Read More

A Gloomy Groundhog Day: Punxsutawney Phil Says More Winter
Climate
A Gloomy Groundhog Day: Punxsutawney Phil Says More Winter

PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. (AP) — There will be six more weeks of winter, Punxsutawney Phil predicted as he emerged from his burrow on a snowy Tuesday morning to perform his Groundhog Day duties. Members of Phil's “inner circle” woke up the... Read More

Biden Orders Sweeping Actions to Pause Drilling and Fight Climate Change
Environment
Biden Orders Sweeping Actions to Pause Drilling and Fight Climate Change

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden announced Wednesday a moratorium on new oil and gas leasing on public lands, one of a slate of executive actions he is taking to demonstrate his commitment to fighting climate change, despite opposition from the... Read More

Kerry Aims to Talk US Back Into a Lead Role in Climate Fight
Climate
Kerry Aims to Talk US Back Into a Lead Role in Climate Fight

From a wood-paneled library in his Boston mansion, new climate envoy John Kerry is talking the U.S. back into a leading role in global climate action, making clear the nation isn't just revving up its own efforts to reduce oil,... Read More

U.S. Push For Electric Vehicles for Emergency, Economy, Environment
Climate
U.S. Push For Electric Vehicles for Emergency, Economy, Environment
2021-01-25 17:26:48
by Kate Michael

WASHINGTON — President Biden’s early agenda shows sustainability enjoying the highest priority it has ever received. Yet analysts wonder how this focus on the environment will affect America’s economy. Take, for example, the automobile industry. The manufacture and sale of... Read More

World Leaders Laud US Return to Climate Fight Under Biden
Climate
World Leaders Laud US Return to Climate Fight Under Biden

BERLIN (AP) — World leaders breathed an audible sigh of relief that the United States under President Joe Biden is rejoining the global effort to curb climate change, a cause that his predecessor had shunned. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson... Read More

DC Circuit Vacates Trump Rollback of Obama-Era Greenhouse Gas Standards
Emissions
DC Circuit Vacates Trump Rollback of Obama-Era Greenhouse Gas Standards
2021-01-19 18:04:16
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Trump administration "rested critically on a mistaken reading of the Clean Air Act" when it sought to roll back Obama-era greenhouse gas emission standards for existing power plants, the D.C. Circuit ruled Tuesday. The ruling on President... Read More

Utility Develops Sustainable Framework for Net Zero Future
Climate
Utility Develops Sustainable Framework for Net Zero Future
2021-01-15 19:55:21
by Sara Wilkerson

This week, Southern Company, an energy company serving nine million customers throughout the country, announced that it has developed a sustainable financing framework that will allow the company and its subsidiaries to issue bond investments for eligible sustainable projects.  Southern... Read More

Biden Picks Former EPA Chief McCarthy as Climate Policy Czar
Climate
Biden Picks Former EPA Chief McCarthy as Climate Policy Czar

WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden has selected Gina McCarthy, Barack Obama’s former EPA chief, to run a special White House office on climate change that will coordinate policy and elevate global warming to a top place in the executive office,... Read More

Select Committee on Climate Crisis to Return in 117th Congress
Climate
Select Committee on Climate Crisis to Return in 117th Congress
2020-12-15 16:05:36
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Monday evening that the Select Committee on the Climate will return to work in the 117th Congress. Formed at the start of the outgoing 116th Congress, the committee effectively met its original charge... Read More

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