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COVID Relief Bill Heads to Biden’s Desk

COVID Relief Bill Heads to Biden’s Desk

Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed President Biden’s sweeping, $1.9 trillion COVID recovery bill dubbed the “American Rescue Plan Act.” The companion bill to that which recently passed the Senate will be one of the largest federal aid packages since the Great Depression and is expected to be signed into law by the president on […]

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Dear Senate, Pass COVID Relief, Support Transit, Support Workers

Dear Senate, Pass COVID Relief, Support Transit, Support Workers

As the Senate began debate on President Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus rescue package, likely leading to a final vote this weekend, Senate Republicans have attacked it as “big, wasteful, and bloated.” The version of the bill passed by the House of Representatives contains $30.5 billion in aid for public transit systems that desperately need the […]

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Portraits of Change: Women In Fishing Working For Sustainability click button

Portraits of Change: Women In Fishing Working For Sustainability

It’s not just men in the fishing sector who are impacted by climate change, overfishing, and COVID-19 — women are too.  Women like Alexia Jaurez of Sonora, Mexico, who is featured in this Environmental Defense Fund video, do the important work of monitoring the catch and the price, and most importantly determining how many more […]

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Return to Paris is No Cruise on the Seine

Return to Paris is No Cruise on the Seine


Last Friday, the United States formally reentered the Paris Climate Agreement. This is undoubtedly good news but after four years of total climate inaction on the part of the Trump administration as well as other nations failing to meet their commitments, it’s more urgent than ever that the world comes together and gets it right. […]

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Climate Ally Jennifer Granholm Confirmed as Energy Secretary

Climate Ally Jennifer Granholm Confirmed as Energy Secretary

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Yesterday, the Senate voted to confirm former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm as Secretary of Energy. Granholm, who has positive relationships with both Democrats and Republicans, has committed to implementing science-based policy as part of President Biden’s “Build Back Better” plan. In keeping with President Biden’s plan to pack his cabinet with diverse appointees, Granholm […]

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Vislack Returns as Ag Secretary, Vows to Right Past Injustices

Vislack Returns as Ag Secretary, Vows to Right Past Injustices

by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer While some of President Biden’s cabinet nominees have had tumultuous hearings this week, but Tom Vilsack was easily confirmed as Secretary of Agriculture yesterday. Vilsack held the same post for the entirety of the  Obama administration and spent the interim years working as a dairy industry CEO. During his […]

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