One Green New Dealmaker Thing: Ed Markey Wins MA Dem Primary with Progressive Surge

Congratulations to Senator Ed Markey — a very early #FriendofthePlanet — for his incredible come-from-behind victory over Congressman Joe Kennedy in the Massachusetts Democratic Senate primary.  Senator Markey has long been someone I (Monica) admired — ever since his days as the leader of the nuclear freeze movement back in the 80s. He has been an outspoken fighter for conserving the environment for decades and a relentless advocate for climate action and for science. If the House bill on climate change that he co-wrote in 2009 had become law, imagine how much more progress we would have made in controlling greenhouse gas emissions and fighting the climate crisis. Congressman Kennedy ran a tough and good campaign. But this campaign ad tells you all you need to know about Senator Markey and why he is so tough to beat!  Ed Markey delivered.

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A Climate Change Two-Fer: Big Climate-Focused Jobs Package And Kerry Goes to India and the UAE

A Climate Change Two-Fer: Big Climate-Focused Jobs Package And Kerry Goes to India and the UAE

Today the Biden administration unveils its American Jobs Plan and it is chock full of actions that will create jobs and address climate change and environmental justice issues.  At the same time, the Wall Street Journal reported last night that Presidential Climate Envoy Kerry is traveling later this week to the United Arab Emirates and then on to India.

Why This Matters:  Climate policy is central to both the Biden foreign and domestic agendas.

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Banks Poured $3.8B Into Fossil Fuel Companies Since Paris Agreement

Banks Poured $3.8B Into Fossil Fuel Companies Since Paris Agreement


by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer A new report, published Wednesday found that the world’s largest commercial and investment banks have altogether put $3.8 trillion into fossil fuels from 2016 to 2020. This report — a collaboration between the Rainforest Action Network, Bank Track, Indigenous Environmental Network, Oil Change International, Reclaim Finance, and Sierra Club […]

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Big Build Back Better

Big Build Back Better

To make good on its Build Back Better promise, the Biden administration is considering a very big infrastructure bill — spending could be as much as $300 billion a year for 10 years or $3 trillion total — with much of it going to update energy infrastructure to make it “cleaner” and also for the energy grid, roads, bridges, and water pipes and sewer upgrades to make them safer and more climate-resilient, several major media outlets are reporting.

Why This Matters:  Americans, according to recent polling by Yale University’s climate communications project, overwhelmingly want to see Congress and the administration take bold action on climate change.

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