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by Miro Korenha, co-founder and publisher of Our Daily Planet
After the United States formally withdrew from the Paris Climate Agreement, the Joe Biden transition team has repeatedly signaled that rejoining the international agreement will be a Day 1 priority. Biden’s all-of-government approach to climate action will help orient the power of the federal government through procurement and investment to reduce emissions and achieve net-zero goals.
And while we do not yet know who will be named the Secretary of Energy, the media has reported that Biden’s pick for Treasury Secretary is imminent. This matters because this cabinet member can begin to orient America’s financial systems to adequately disclose and assess climate risks. It will give us a chance to catch up to other nations with more stringent financial regulations and is one more way that the United States can get back on the path to meeting the goals laid out by the Paris Climate Agreement.
Meanwhile, President Trump has had no public events and the only statements he’s issued on Twitter have been baseless claims about voter fraud. We just saw the 30th named storm in what has been the most active Atlantic hurricane season on record and the president has dug his heels in and refuses to lead in the remaining time he has in the White House.
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court will hear arguments on this issue in BP Plc v. Mayor & City Council of Baltimore, which could determine whether or not oil companies are held accountable for climate change damages to cities and states.
Why This Matters: If SCOTUS rules in favor of BP, future climate litigation will likely be fought in federal courts, which experts say are “less responsive to expansive legal theories,” and thus less likely to rule in favor of these innovative new climate cases based on state law. Whoever wins this case will have a leg up in future climate litigation.
This week we sat down with Dr. Michael Mann, distinguished professor of atmospheric science at Penn State University to talk about his new book The New Climate War in which he examined a century of history to break down science misinformation tactics deployed by industries like tobacco and oil and gas that were used to […]
by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer After being forced to make major cuts to California’s environmental programs just eight months ago, last week, Governor Gavin Newsom has proposed a $227 billion budget deal that would bolster a set of environmental initiatives. The proposal designates $4.1 billion to fight forest fires, reduce smog, and increase the […]
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