One Cool Thing: Infrastructure, An American Classic

One Cool Thing: Infrastructure, An American Classic

As the Biden administration readies to enact an infrastructure plan, Congressional Republicans continue to lament that water pipes, EV chargers, and expanded railways “don’t count” as infrastructure. Yet, as Biden cabinet members have been saying: we need to expand our definition of infrastructure beyond roads and bridges to prepare our country for the future. As […]

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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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New Study Says Biden Climate Plan Possible

New Study Says Biden Climate Plan Possible

by Amy Lupica, ODP Contributing Writer A new study from energy experts at Princeton University delves deep into what it would actually take to make President-elect Joe Biden’s climate plan to reach net-zero emissions in the U.S. by 2050 a reality. The gist, said Jesse Jenkins, a Princeton professor and one of three leaders of […]

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Will The Government Require Federally-Funded Buildings to Meet Flood Standards?

Will The Government Require Federally-Funded Buildings to Meet Flood Standards?

In order to ensure we are adapting to climate change, E&E News reports that some experts are arguing that the incoming Biden Administration may want to put back in place a requirement that all buildings, infrastructure, and homes funded or backed with federal dollars be flood-proofed.

Why This Matters:  Not being flood-proofed is just dumb and really costly in the long run.

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Reimagining Our Greener Cites Post COVID-19

Reimagining Our Greener Cites Post COVID-19

by Zoey Shipley How Cities Will Change in the Future after COVID-19 In densely-populated, car-centric cities around the world, COVID-19 is a nightmare. The virus has been able to spread rapidly and quarantined city dwellers are desperate to enjoy the outdoors–creating added danger by congregating. What’s become most evident is that modern cities are part […]

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Stimulus Package Passes Senate With Major Green Groups’ Support

Stimulus Package Passes Senate With Major Green Groups’ Support

The $2 trillion stimulus package the Senate passed unanimously late last night contained neither the funding the President sought to fill up the tank on the Strategic Petroleum Reserve nor the provisions that would have required the airline industry to become more sustainable in exchange for large grants. 

Why This Matters:  The most important thing, in the end, was the aid for workers, small businesses, hospitals, and state and local governments so direly needed at this moment.

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