Listen To This: Reaching Back to the New Deal for the American Jobs Plan’s Climate Corps

Listen To This: Reaching Back to the New Deal for the American Jobs Plan’s Climate Corps

National Public Radio (NPR) did a terrific story on the climate corps to provide jobs for young people that the administration proposed in the American Jobs Plan.  The proposal provides for $10 billion to launch “The Civilian Climate Corps,” to address the threat of climate change by strengthening protections on public lands.

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White House Economic Advisors Warn China Could Outdo the U.S. on Clean Energy

White House Economic Advisors Warn China Could Outdo the U.S. on Clean Energy

The Biden administration published a report on Friday that argued that failing to make headway on adopting clean energy technologies and lowering carbon emissions will dramatically affect the nation’s economy — potentially putting us behind other global superpowers, particularly China. 

Why this Matters:  President Biden’s Council of Economic Advisors, who provided the report, emphasized that economic development and addressing climate change are not mutually exclusive — an argument so often deployed by opponents.

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Biden Administration Full Court Press on Climate for Earth Week

Biden Administration Full Court Press on Climate for Earth Week

Today I stopped by Thomas Built Buses in High Point, North Carolina. The union workers there make electric school buses. These are the kinds of jobs we will create through the American Jobs Plan. pic.twitter.com/CuTffJm5Zu — Vice President Kamala Harris (@VP) April 19, 2021 The Biden Administration is not waiting for Earth Day, it is […]

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Now Is the Time for the Best Preventative Medicine: Biodiversity

Now Is the Time for the Best Preventative Medicine: Biodiversity

By Azzedine Downes As we emerge from a year of lockdowns and begin to “build back better,” it is more important than ever to remember what we’ve learned. The pandemic has shown us the fragility of our economy and how reliant it is on our health. For without health, we potentially have nothing.  COVID 19 […]

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Workforce Policies Are Crucial to Transitioning Fossil Fuel Communities

Workforce Policies Are Crucial to Transitioning Fossil Fuel Communities

The fourth report in a joint research series by Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and Resources for the Future found that very few fossil fuel power plant closures have had plans in mind for former employees, and many communities feel left behind by both old and new energy development. 

 Why This Matters: The Biden administration has announced plans to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, phasing out fossil fuels entirely.

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Battle Lines Being Drawn on Biden Climate Plan

Battle Lines Being Drawn on Biden Climate Plan

The Biden administration’s climate change Executive actions have drawn fire from Republicans in confirmation hearings, on Twitter, and in conservative media.  The opposition arguments focused on partisanship, process, security and jobs.  The Republicans argued that the President’s order “takes a sledgehammer to the economy” and was politically motivated to hurt schools in red states and threatened to sue.  Senate Republicans blamed climate leaders at the White House.  For example, four Republican Senators voted against Governor Jennifer Granholm for Energy Secretary, even though they say she is qualified, in protest over the President’s clean energy agenda, according to the Detroit Free Press.

Why This Matters:  It is really rich to call ending subsidies and other government goodies for fossil fuel companies an “attack” on kids and the economy

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