•   
  •   
  •   

Politics Biden pitched a bold climate vision. He may be watching it die in Congress.

11:50  10 june  2021
11:50  10 june  2021 Source:   politico.com

A bold budget vision for climate

  A bold budget vision for climate The Biden administration’s proposed federal budget confronts the challenge of climate change with a bold agenda for addressing it. It provides funding to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, invest in infrastructure and climate resiliency, expand climate research and policy development, and partner with the global community to respond to this shared challenge. The budget turns climate goals into achievable actions.

But Congress has not passed it , or even unveiled a draft. And now that Biden has ended one effort to negotiate a bipartisan infrastructure deal only to begin another , climate hawks are starting to worry that their issue is getting thrown under a fossil-fueled bus. For all of Biden ’s green goals, green team and green executive orders, the centerpiece of his green agenda is his proposal to throw hundreds of billions of dollars at the climate crisis through his American Jobs Plan, and it ’s hard to see a path where a Republican-supported infrastructure bill would spend that freely to slash greenhouse gas emissions.

As Biden took the podium, he brushed past a sparse, masked crowd. He fist-bumped and elbow-tapped lawmakers and members of his cabinet – greeting a crowd that was physically distanced, and ideologically divided. Because fewer people were in attendance, due to coronavirus safety protocols And while Republicans have big reservations about the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, the reform bill introduced by Democrats in Congress , polls indicate they largely support many provisions. Republicans, who have routinely denigrated and voted against Biden ’s proposals, including his widely

President Joe Biden clearly wants to be a climate president. He’s set ambitious climate targets. He’s assembled a team of passionate climate wonks and activists. He’s announced a “whole of government approach” to the climate crisis, followed by a drumbeat of aggressive executive actions. He’s also proposed extraordinary climate investments in his infrastructure plan, and an hour rarely goes by without an administration official urging Congress to pass it.

a large building on a cloudy day: Democrats could lose control of the Senate if a single senator gets sick or dies, so environmentalists who have watched Congress spend $6 trillion on Covid relief bills without addressing climate would like to see a bit more urgency to address it now. © Drew Angerer/Getty Images Democrats could lose control of the Senate if a single senator gets sick or dies, so environmentalists who have watched Congress spend $6 trillion on Covid relief bills without addressing climate would like to see a bit more urgency to address it now.

But Congress has not passed it, or even unveiled a draft. And now that Biden has ended one effort to negotiate a bipartisan infrastructure deal only to begin another, climate hawks are starting to worry that their issue is getting thrown under a fossil-fueled bus. For all of Biden’s green goals, green team and green executive orders, the centerpiece of his green agenda is his proposal to throw hundreds of billions of dollars at the climate crisis through his American Jobs Plan, and it’s hard to see a path where a Republican-supported infrastructure bill would spend that freely to slash greenhouse gas emissions.

Daily on Energy: Climate hawks ‘anxious’ their moment is slipping

  Daily on Energy: Climate hawks ‘anxious’ their moment is slipping Subscribe today to the Washington Examiner magazine and get Washington Briefing: politics and policy stories that will keep you up to date with what's going on in Washington. SUBSCRIBE NOW: Just $1.00 an issue! © Provided by Washington Examiner DOE Header 2020 ANXIETY: Climate hawks are getting “anxious” that the window for passing big climate legislation is closing as infrastructure negotiations with Republicans drag on. “OK, I’m now officially very anxious about climate legislation. I’ll admit I’m sensitive from the Obama climate abandonment, but I sense trouble,” Sen.

Biden 's speech may not have had the lofty, eloquent prose of notable presidential speeches of the past, but he certainly provided the right dose of hope to the American people, who can now feel the country is heading in the right direction. Grade: A Although President Joe Biden 's Wednesday night speech was officially an address to a joint session of Congress , in reality it was his chance to pitch his agenda directly to the American people. And he did so with a measured tone befitting these challenging times. Biden laid out plans that may well reshape the federal government.

Climate activist Greta Thunberg, who was testifying before Congress on Thursday, challenged world leaders to do more on the climate crisis. "Unlike you, my generation will not give up without a fight," she said. "How long do you honestly believe that people in power will get away with it ?" However he made no new promises on curbing emissions. President Biden 's team is also urging countries that have been slow to embrace action on climate change - such as Australia and Brazil - to raise their ambition. Brazil and Australia's sceptical approach to the issue had found favour in the Trump White House.

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) sounded the alarm in a Twitter thread Tuesday, declaring himself “officially very anxious” about the fate of climate legislation. He suggested that Biden seemed more intent on a bipartisan deal than a climate-friendly one, that the business community is nowhere to be seen and that climate advocates are unhelpfully squabbling over details. “We need planning, organizing and momentum,” he wrote. “We are running out of time.”

Environmental groups hailed Biden’s first 100 days in office as a landmark for climate action, and he has followed up with a flurry of green initiatives promoting offshore wind farms, long-distance transmission lines for renewable power, more energy-efficient buildings and appliances, more fuel-efficient vehicles and more climate-conscious financial regulation.

4 climate obstacles Biden facing at the G-7

  4 climate obstacles Biden facing at the G-7 Here’s what to watch for as the president tries to find common ground with world leaders.Biden came into office promoting climate action as one of his major priorities, while proposing trillions of dollars in spending on the issue, rejoining the Paris agreement and hosting his own global climate summit in April. But the United States and other G-7 nations are falling short of their past pledges for international climate aid, and the Biden administration has cautioned European leaders against a controversial plan for carbon tariffs that could burden U.S. manufacturers.

US President Joe Biden addressed both chambers of Congress , just ahead of his hundredth day in office, focusing on the progress his administration has made in delivering on its campaign promises, and making some new ones. Biden also presented a laundry list of policies long favored by Democrats – gun control, amnesty for illegal immigrants and “equity” in matters of gender and race – claiming they have broad national support and need to be enacted by Congress right away, calling on Republicans to fall in line.

Biden says he is looking forward to working with Putin on climate change and pushes for more green-friendly jobs alongside billionaires Bill Gates and Mike Bloomberg on second day of summit. President Joe Biden said he was heartened by Russian President Vladimir Putin's call for removal of carbon dioxide to combat climate change. Bloomberg, the billionaire ex-New York City mayor who briefly was Biden 's Democratic primary rival last year, and Gates, Microsoft's co-founder, helped pitched Biden 's climate -friendly transformation of the U.S. economy on day No. 2 of the summit.

But the $2.5 trillion American Jobs Plan is clearly the centerpiece of Biden’s climate agenda, proposing about $1 trillion for wind, solar, electric vehicles and other accelerants for the clean energy transition. Now climate activists are worried that Biden will throw those investments overboard to mollify Republicans and Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, the coal-friendly centrist Democrat whose vote can essentially decide what's allowed to pass in an evenly divided Senate. They got more bad news last night when Biden’s top climate adviser, Gina McCarthy, acknowledged in an interview with POLITICO that a clean electricity standard, one of the climate community’s top priorities, might not make it into the final infrastructure bill.

“We’re very excited about the president’s executive actions, but if he’s going to honor his commitments on climate, they need to be coupled with transformational legislation,” said League of Conservation Voters lobbyist Tiernan Sittenfeld. “Our future literally depends on it.”

Go green or go bipartisan? Biden's big infrastructure choice

  Go green or go bipartisan? Biden's big infrastructure choice WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s hopes of channeling billions of dollars into green infrastructure investments to fight climate change are running into the political obstacle of winning over Republican lawmakers who oppose that approach as unnecessary, excessive spending. As negotiations unfold in Congress in search of a bipartisan deal, the White House's ability to ensure a climate focus in Biden's sweeping infrastructure package is becoming daunting — so much so that key Democrats are warning the administration to quit negotiating with Republicans, calling it a waste of time that will produce no viable compromise.

President Joe Biden has introduced a climate plan vastly more ambitious than any in US history. But to take the most far-reaching steps, he needs legislation. And that may have to win over Sen. Joe Manchin, here at President Biden 's inauguration, represents West Virginia in Congress and on his mask.

He and his allies in Congress have passed a coronavirus relief package and are making progress on a second massive bill - a multi-trillion-dollar spending package of what the administration broadly defines as "infrastructure". Biden has managed to fill his top Cabinet appointments with only a few hiccups, and he 's made a few new judicial picks, as well. For many Americans, his slow-but-steady approach to governing is providing a welcome break from the nonstop drama of Donald Trump's presidency. As for the empty part of the glass, Biden 's approval rating is relatively low by historical standards.

The White House has tried to reassure its allies in the climate movement that it’s still pushing hard for an infrastructure bill that moves the needle on emissions. Biden visited a Ford factory in Detroit to tout the $174 billion for electric vehicles in his American Jobs Plan, Vice President Kamala Harris visited a clean energy lab in Milwaukee to highlight the plan’s investments in research and development, and Cabinet secretaries like Jennifer Granholm at Energy and Pete Buttigieg at Transportation have been flogging the plan relentlessly in the media. Last week, when Biden rejected a more modest infrastructure proposal by Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), one reason he cited was that it failed to tackle the climate crisis.

Ali Zaidi, the deputy White House climate adviser, said the administration is proving its commitment to the climate every day, rolling out changes for every sector of the economy to help meet Biden’s goal of cutting emissions 50 percent from 2005 levels by 2030. Some of the changes have been low-profile, like the Department of Transportation’s effort to ease the siting of transmission lines along federal rights-of-way, a resolution to a trade dispute that kept a Korean electric-vehicle battery factory open in Georgia or a new research program promoting innovative efforts to reduce methane emissions.

The G7 Want to Save the World from Climate Change. But Are They Willing to Pay for It?

  The G7 Want to Save the World from Climate Change. But Are They Willing to Pay for It? The G7 Want to Save the World from Climate Change. But Are They Willing to Pay for It?Climate change has finally cemented its place at the top of the agenda for international diplomacy in recent months, and with President Joe Biden in office, all members of the group of seven—the U.S., Italy, France, Germany, the U.K., Canada and Japan—are aligned on the urgency of the current moment for the first time. In a pre-summit gesture in May, the group agreed to end their financing of overseas coal projects—a long-awaited goal that will sharply reduce prospects for the dirtiest fossil fuel.

Others could have more dramatic impacts, like rejuvenating a long-dormant clean energy loan program with $40 billion in unused lending authority, revisiting the vehicle fuel-efficiency standards that EPA weakened under President Donald Trump or phasing out the planet-warming refrigerants called hydrofluorocarbons.

“The big takeaway here is that from the campaign into the transition and into the early days of this administration, we’ve been focused on a sector-by-sector basis on advancing the president’s climate priorities,” Zaidi said. “We’ve been doing it for electricity, transportation, industry, buildings and agriculture, and it all reinforces the good policy and good politics of what we’ve presented to Congress in the form of the American Jobs Plan.”

Nobody doubts that Biden ideally wants an infrastructure bill with full funding for his climate priorities. What climate advocates fear is that he’ll settle for an infrastructure bill without it, or perhaps end up with no bill after wasting months in the futile pursuit of bipartisanship. The White House is in a tricky position because Manchin has demanded a genuine effort to attract Republican support, and Democrats can’t pass anything without Manchin on board.

But Democrats could lose control of the Senate if a single senator gets sick or dies, so environmentalists who have watched Congress spend $6 trillion on Covid relief bills without addressing climate would like to see a bit more urgency to address it now. They weren’t happy when Biden stripped out the American Jobs Plan’s investments in clean energy research in a counteroffer to Capito, and they’re anxious about what could be stripped out next.

Biden and his aviators greet queen on a sunny afternoon

  Biden and his aviators greet queen on a sunny afternoon WINDSOR, England (AP) — President Joe Biden and his aviator sunglasses met Queen Elizabeth II on bright Sunday afternoon. The queen hosted the president and first lady Jill Biden at Windsor Castle, her royal residence near London. Biden flew to London after wrapping up his participation in a three-day summit of leaders of the world's wealthy democracies in Cornwall, in southwestern England. He arrived at the castle aboard the presidential helicopter and was ferried to the queen in a black Range Rover.

The more confrontational elements of the climate left are in public freakout mode. The youth-oriented Sunrise Movement, which gave Biden’s initial climate plan an F-minus grade during the Democratic primary but praised his initial infrastructure plan for its climate ambition, protested his negotiations with Capito and other Republicans outside the White House last week. Sunrise executive director Varshini Prakash warned on Tuesday that “anything less than a robust jobs and climate package is a death sentence for our generation.”

Mainstream environmentalists have tried to be more sensitive to the tightrope Biden is walking, but they’re nervous, too. As much as they’re enjoying Biden’s efforts to reverse Trump’s environmental rollbacks and advance clean energy through executive action, their top priority is a far-reaching climate bill. They’re glad Biden took a spin in the new electric Ford F-150 Lightning, and they appreciate his executive order promoting wind farms off the California coast, but they really want him to sign a law putting big money into electric vehicles to transform transportation and creating a clean electricity standard to transform the grid.

“Look, no one ever thought this would be easy,” said Jamal Raad, executive director of Evergreen Action, an influential group formed by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s former climate aides. “But we’ve got to get this done if we’re serious about meeting the commitments we just made to the international community, and right now is make-or-break time.”

Daily on Energy, Presented by Citizens' Climate Lobby: The energy and environment tensions in US-EU summit

  Daily on Energy, Presented by Citizens' Climate Lobby: The energy and environment tensions in US-EU summit Subscribe today to the Washington Examiner magazine and get Washington Briefing: politics and policy stories that will keep you up to date with what's going on in Washington. SUBSCRIBE NOW: Just $1.00 an issue! © Provided by Washington Examiner DOE Header 2020 THE UNSPOKEN TENSIONS IN BIDEN-EU SUMMIT: The official White House statement recapping the U.S.

Global carbon emissions dropped about 6 percent last year because Covid shut down so much economic activity, but that just means the rate at which the earth is warming temporarily slowed a bit. The International Energy Agency just warned that creating a net-zero energy sector by 2050, a key goal of the Paris climate accord, will require radical changes: no new oil and gas exploration, no new coal plants that can’t capture their carbon, no more sales of fossil-fueled boilers after 2025 and no more sales of internal combustion engines after 2035.

Biden’s infrastructure plan embraced some of that radicalism; its clean electricity standard would require 80 percent reductions in electricity emissions by 2030, which would essentially shut down the U.S. coal industry and shut off growth in the natural gas industry. But it was largely compatible with Biden’s eagerness for bipartisanship, since many Republican lawmakers reject the scientific consensus that human activities are broiling the planet, while others reject the need for an expensive and heavy-handed government response.

Rich Powell, director of ClearPath Action, a group of conservatives who support climate action, said issues like carbon capture, battery storage and transmission all had bipartisan support, but not a trillion-dollar effort to decarbonize the U.S. economy in one fell swoop. He pointed to last week’s announcement of a new zero-emissions advanced nuclear project, featuring Secretary Granholm along with leading Wyoming Republicans, as the kind of bipartisan work that Republicans might agree to accelerate. He criticized Biden’s moratorium on oil and gas drilling on public lands, his rejection of the Keystone pipeline and a recent White House report on the environmental justice impacts of power plants, as the kind of ideological climate advocacy that could alienate Republicans and doom the American Jobs Plan.

AP PHOTOS: Biden wraps up 1st overseas trip of presidency

  AP PHOTOS: Biden wraps up 1st overseas trip of presidency Joe Biden wrapped up the first overseas trip of his presidency Wednesday after rallying allies and facing off with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The eight-day, three-country swing included meetings with leaders of the Group of Seven wealthiest democracies in scenic Cornwall, England, and a meeting with Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle. In Brussels, Biden huddled with nearly a dozen NATO allies and met with the leadership of the European Union. The stop was meant to convey a united front among alliance members in standing up to Russian aggression and human rights violations. © Provided by Associated Press People watch Air Force One, carrying U.S.

“There’s risk in a go-it-alone partisan approach,” Powell said. “We’d strongly encourage folks to look at climate policy not as something that needs to be done all at once in this Congress, but something that should be done in every Congress so that we don’t have these wild swings in momentum. Unfortunately, climate change is a chronic condition for the planet.”

Zaidi, the deputy White House climate adviser, also mentioned several examples of Republican support for Biden’s climate priorities, including a government-backed “green bank” that would invest in clean energy, incentives that would reward farmers for cutting emissions and efforts to retool disaster aid programs to emphasize climate resilience. But that kind of talk makes many climate activists feel nauseous since it suggests that Biden isn't just negotiating with Republicans because he wants to look magnanimous or humor Manchin, but because he genuinely believes Republicans might be willing to support a climate-friendly infrastructure bill.

Behind the scenes, White House officials have urged environmentalists to trust Biden and his long history of Washington sausage-making. They say he isn’t naive about the GOP under Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has said that “100 percent of our focus is on stopping this new administration.” And most environmentalists want to give him the benefit of the doubt after hearing him spout climate rhetoric they’ve waited for their entire careers.

But all the cheery deal talk is bringing back bad Democratic memories of 2009, when bipartisan support for President Barack Obama’s market-friendly climate bill never materialized, and the bill crashed and burned on the Hill.

“I’m an eternal optimist, and you have to be to work on these issues, but I’m haunted by 2009,” said Sittenfeld of the League of Conservation Voters. “We can’t sit around waiting for Republicans. We have to go big, we have to go fast and we have to get this done.”

AP PHOTOS: Biden wraps up 1st overseas trip of presidency .
Joe Biden wrapped up the first overseas trip of his presidency Wednesday after rallying allies and facing off with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The eight-day, three-country swing included meetings with leaders of the Group of Seven wealthiest democracies in scenic Cornwall, England, and a meeting with Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle. In Brussels, Biden huddled with nearly a dozen NATO allies and met with the leadership of the European Union. The stop was meant to convey a united front among alliance members in standing up to Russian aggression and human rights violations. © Provided by Associated Press People watch Air Force One, carrying U.S.

usr: 1
This is interesting!