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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 numerous steps to restore environmental protections.” Emerging from the Trump administration, some of that early focus has been on undoing past damage, including
Why This Matters: Tackling the climate crisis requires systems-level change and a realignment of governmental policy that facilitates it. In order to avoid the worst impact of climate change, the country needs to make big shifts, from eliminating fossil fuel emissions to building infrastructure that will withstand the climate changes already taking place. The Biden administration’s first 100 days has jump-started this work, from the recent pledge to cut U.S. greenhouse gas pollution by at least 50% by 2030 to appointing cabinet secretaries with strong environmental backgrounds. Now the next 1,360 days of the administration are an opportunity to continue to build on the momentum of the first 100.
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.
Today I stopped by Thomas Built Buses in High Point, North Carolina. The union workers there make electric school buses. These are the kinds of jobs we will create through the American Jobs Plan. pic.twitter.com/CuTffJm5Zu — Vice President Kamala Harris (@VP) April 19, 2021 The Biden Administration is not waiting for Earth Day, it is […]
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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