300 Companies Sign Letter Urging Biden to Adopt 50% Emissions Goals by 2030

300 Companies Sign Letter Urging Biden to Adopt 50% Emissions Goals by 2030

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Ahead of President Biden’s virtual Earth Day climate summit, more than 300 businesses and investors are urging the president to set ambitious 2030 emissions goals. Since rejoining the Paris agreement on his first day in office, Biden’s administration has yet to release an updated Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) but has promised to do so before […]

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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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Biden’s Cabinet Talks Big Plans for Offshore Wind Power

Biden’s Cabinet Talks Big Plans for Offshore Wind Power

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Yesterday, National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg met with state officials, industry executives, and labor leaders to announce a set of actions to significantly expand offshore wind. The new leasing, funding, and goals will […]

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COVID Relief Bill Heads to Biden’s Desk

COVID Relief Bill Heads to Biden’s Desk

Yesterday, the House of Representatives passed President Biden’s sweeping, $1.9 trillion COVID recovery bill dubbed the “American Rescue Plan Act.” The companion bill to that which recently passed the Senate will be one of the largest federal aid packages since the Great Depression and is expected to be signed into law by the president on […]

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Biden Administration to Return to Obama Era CO2 Cost Calculations

Biden Administration to Return to Obama Era CO2 Cost Calculations

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer On Friday, the Biden administration announced that it would be returning to the Obama-era method of calculating the “social cost of greenhouse gasses.”  This metric is a measure of how much each metric ton of carbon emitted will cost future generations, including the costs of hurricane damage, flooding, wildfires, and other effects of […]

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Passenger Rail Could Be The Winner of a Biden Infrastructure Bill

Passenger Rail Could Be The Winner of a Biden Infrastructure Bill

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer While working to pass a COVID relief package through both houses of Congress, the Biden administration is simultaneously working on its next priority legislative package: a much-awaited $2T infrastructure bill.  One of the anticipated winners of this bill could be passenger rail, as President Biden has said he wants […]

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