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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Trump Administration Minimizes Benefits of Carbon Regulation and Cuts NEPA Reviews

Trump Administration Minimizes Benefits of Carbon Regulation and Cuts NEPA Reviews

A government watchdog report issued yesterday found, according to The Hill, that the Trump administration has been “systematically underestimating the damage caused by carbon pollution, slashing figures used under the Obama administration to weigh the impacts” of regulations to curb emissions.  And late yesterday, The Washington Post reported that Trump will finalize and implement his proposal to fundamentally weaken the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), a bedrock environmental law.

Why This Matters:  These changes will make it easier to relax rules on carbon pollution and will result in more damaging environmental projects done by the government.

 

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Air Pollution Causes More Deaths Than Alcohol, Malnutrition and Drug Addiction

Air Pollution Causes More Deaths Than Alcohol, Malnutrition and Drug Addiction

The 2019 State of Global Air (SOGA) report, released on Wednesday stated that children born today will be exposed to so much toxic air pollution over their lifetimes, that it will dramatically shorten their life expectancy. CNN reported that the study found that countries in Asia and Africa had the highest risk because they have high levels of harmful soot or particulate matter (PM 2.5) and they rely on coal-powered energy plants and regularly use fuels like charcoal for cooking.  

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