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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Haaland Faces Tough Opposition from Oil State Republicans at Confirmation Hearing

Haaland Faces Tough Opposition from Oil State Republicans at Confirmation Hearing

Yesterday, Congresswoman Deb Haaland, President Biden’s nominee for Secretary of the Interior, faced a grueling Senate confirmation hearing. As secretary, Haaland would be the first Indigenous person to hold a cabinet position, yet even before she had a chance to answer senators’ questions, a handful of Republican members expressed concern over her “radical” views and […]

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Yellen to Appoint Obama Veteran To Lead Treasury “Climate Hub”

Yellen to Appoint Obama Veteran To Lead Treasury “Climate Hub”

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Janet Yellen, who was recently confirmed by the Senate as Treasury Secretary, plans to appoint former deputy Treasury secretary Sarah Bloom Raskin to head up a new Treasury “climate hub.” The hub would focus on assessing and combatting financial risks associated with climate change. Experts say the move is […]

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The Worst Conservation President In History By The Numbers

The Worst Conservation President In History By The Numbers

It will surprise no one that a group of scientists and conservationists have concluded that former President Donald Trump was the worst President in our nation’s history when it comes to conservation.  They recently concluded that he had caused “profound” damage to the environment in a report in which they ranked Trump’s top “100 environmental […]

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Biden’s Climate Rhetoric Is A Necessary Roadmap for Democrats

Biden’s Climate Rhetoric Is A Necessary Roadmap for Democrats

by Miro Korenha, co-founder and publisher of Our Daily Planet   When it comes to public policy and diplomacy, the most contentious proposals are often won and lost on the merit of word association. In past decades, the Affordable Care Act was pilloried by the right for its alleged “death panels,” the Iraq War was […]

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Biden To Reallocate $10b of FEMA Money for Climate Adaptation

Biden To Reallocate $10b of FEMA Money for Climate Adaptation

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer The Biden administration is planning to swiftly reallocate $10 billion in the budget of the Federal Emergency Agency’s (FEMA) in order to build anti-disaster infrastructure. The move would be the largest grant program of its kind and would be used to fund preventative measures against climate change like seawalls, elevated housing, relocation programs, […]

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