Fighting Climate Change and Environmental Justice Score Big Increases in Biden Budget Proposal

Fighting Climate Change and Environmental Justice Score Big Increases in Biden Budget Proposal

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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“Frack Pack” Bills Reintroduced by Congress — Time to Close Loopholes?

“Frack Pack” Bills Reintroduced by Congress — Time to Close Loopholes?

Today, four House Democrats — Matt Cartwright (PA) Yvette Clarke (NY), Diana DeGette (CO), and Jan Schakowsky (IL) — reintroduced a package of five bills that would hold oil and gas companies accountable to meet national water and air protection standards, plugging loopholes and undoing many of the anti-environment policies of the Trump administration. 

Why This Matters: President Donald Trump rolled back 28 air quality and emissions regulations and 8 water pollution regulations — these bills would reverse those rollbacks and close loopholes in current law.

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Regan Rescues Science, Puts Protection Back on the Docket at EPA

Regan Rescues Science, Puts Protection Back on the Docket at EPA

The newly-confirmed EPA Administrator Michael Regan did a round of interviews yesterday with The NYT, Vox, The Washington Post, and even Rolling Stone.  He told The Times his immediate priorities are rebuilding agency morale, restoring the role of science — and scientists — in developing air and water rules, and ensuring environmental justice for communities […]

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Volvo Announces Move to 100% EVs by 2030 As White House Talks Charging Infrastructure

Volvo Announces Move to 100% EVs by 2030 As White House Talks Charging Infrastructure

Volvo announced on Tuesday that it will move to make its entire car line-up fully electric by 2030, joining other big automakers, including Ford and Jaguar, in taking a green leap of faith. Until this month, Volvo only offered one fully electric vehicle, but unveiled its second, the C40, on Tuesday. 

Why This Matters: As more companies commit to 100% electric fleets, they’re solidifying a harsh reality for the fossil fuel industry: its number is almost up.

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A Few House Republicans Hold a Climate Change Confab

A Few House Republicans Hold a Climate Change Confab

“You can’t find a Utahn who doesn’t really care about clean air and clean water.” @RepJohnCurtis said his goal is to find ways “to make them feel more comfortable [politically] talking about it.” @LeeDavi49903322 #climate https://t.co/jVpPBJq0GE — CCL Salt Lake City (@CCLsaltlake) February 19, 2021 By Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer Representative John Curtis of […]

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Justice Ginsburg’s Death Puts Supreme Court on Even Shakier Ground for Environmental Cases

Justice Ginsburg’s Death Puts Supreme Court on Even Shakier Ground for Environmental Cases

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a rock-steady vote in favor of environmental protection and sympathetic on issues involving clean water and air.

Why This Matters:  There are many challenges to President Trump’s rollbacks of environmental laws that are working their way to the Supreme Court. Once there, the Court can effectively re-write those laws narrowing them considerably by upholding the Trump deregulatory position even if it is contrary to prior interpretations or other plausible interpretations of the statute itself. 

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