Biden Administration Full Court Press on Climate for Earth Week

The Biden Administration is not waiting for Earth Day, it is making climate news fast and furious style, not missing the opportunity to show that tackling climate change is a whole of government endeavor.  Vice President Harris and EPA Administrator Regan visited a factory in North Carolina yesterday where they are making electric school buses.  At the same time, Secretary of State Blinken gave his first major remarks on how climate change is central to U.S. foreign policy and did it from the first-ever Leeds certified “green building,” which overlooks the Chesapeake Bay.  And Secretary of  Treasury Yellen announced a broad swath of climate goals for her agency.

Today, the President will virtually tour an electric vehicle battery factory in South Carolina.  And back in D.C., Special Presidential Envoy Kerry and Energy Secretary Granholm and leaders from several nations will talk with White House climate science advisor Jane Lubchenco about the links between ocean conservation and tackling climate change. You can watch it by registering here. It’s a climate policy feast and at every event, they are serving up the same dish — jobs, jobs, jobs.

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California to Nestlé: Stop Draining Our Water

California to Nestlé: Stop Draining Our Water

As California’s drought conditions are worsening, Nestle is pumping millions of gallons of water from the San Bernardino forest. State water officials have drafted a cease-and-desist order to force the company to stop overpumping from Strawberry Creek, which provides drinking water for about 750,000 people. 

Why This Matters: It’s not the first time other states have also tried to reign in Nestle for its water grabs.

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Climate Report Card: Biden’s First 100 Days

Climate Report Card: Biden’s First 100 Days

by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer In the Biden administration’s first 100 days, the climate crisis and environmental issues have been at the forefront of the administration’s agenda. As Environment America writes in their progress report, “despite the need to rebuild many federal agencies and tackle the COVID-19 crisis, the Biden administration has already taken […]

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Fighting Climate Change and Environmental Justice Score Big Increases in Biden Budget Proposal

The Biden administration released its “skinny” post-election year budget plan for government spending next year and it included large increases for battling climate change and reversing environmental injustice, particularly as compared to the Trump administration’s drastic proposed cuts in these areas. 

Why This Matters: These are big increases over the Trump administration’s proposals — for NOAA it would mean 50% more.  But Congress never enacted those truly skinny budgets — they actually modestly increased or held most environmental spending steady.

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