Biden Releases $2T Climate Plan Focused on Green Jobs and Environmental Justice

Biden Releases $2T Climate Plan Focused on Green Jobs and Environmental Justice

“When Donald Trump thinks about climate change, the only word he can muster is ‘hoax,’” Joe Biden said in a speech announcing his new $2 trillion climate plan yesterday, “When I think about climate change, the word I think of is ‘jobs’” he added. His new climate plan will launch a national effort aimed at creating […]

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How Joe Biden Aims to Center Climate Action in Foreign Policy

How Joe Biden Aims to Center Climate Action in Foreign Policy

As Axios reported yesterday based on insight received from the Biden campaign: foreign policy will look drastically different if Joe Biden defeats President Trump in November— starting with a Day One announcement that the U.S. is re-entering the Paris Climate Agreement and new global coordination of the coronavirus response. Why This Matters: Even though most […]

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Biden’s Climate Task Force to Propose 100% Renewable Electricity by 2035

Biden’s Climate Task Force to Propose 100% Renewable Electricity by 2035

In May when former Vice President–and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee–Joe Biden announced his climate task force it was a means to unite the flanks of his party. According to an exclusive story from the New York Times yesterday, that task force has come out with its first set of goals for Biden’s consideration As Lisa […]

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Biden Commits to Rescinding Keystone XL Permit–Spelling the End for the Pipeline

Biden Commits to Rescinding Keystone XL Permit–Spelling the End for the Pipeline

To put it bluntly, the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline has been a 12-year catastrophe. From when the pipeline (stretching from Alberta to Nebraska) was first proposed in 2008, to when it was vetoed by President Obama in 2015, to the Trump administration’s fractured attempt to reinstate construction, the pipeline has been the embodiment […]

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One 2020 Thing: 80 Leading Scientists Endorse Biden

One 2020 Thing: 80 Leading Scientists Endorse Biden

Yesterday 80 scientists signed onto an open letter endorsing Joe Biden for president. According to the Biden campaign’s press release, the letter includes some of the most prominent scientists and public health experts in the country, including: Five Nobel Laureates or National Medal of Science winners; Several MacArthur Genius Grant Award Winners; More than 20 […]

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First Japan Underwhelmed, Now China May Be Late Announcing Their National Climate Plans

First Japan Underwhelmed, Now China May Be Late Announcing Their National Climate Plans

Due to the coronavirus-induced economic slowdown, Climate Home News and then Axios reported that China is delaying the release of its revised plans for how it will update its Paris Agreement targets until at least after the U.S. Presidential election.

Why This Matters:  The coronavirus cannot be an excuse to lower climate ambitions, instead it must be seen as an opportunity to elevate them.

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