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March 23, 2021

Top Story

Infrastructure Plan Seeks to Address Climate and Equality as Well as Roads

By Annie Karni and Jim Tankersley, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2021-03-23 15:22:41

It’s more than just concrete and steel. President Biden’s advisers are preparing a giant infrastructure plan, which would include close to $1 trillion of spending on the construction of roads, bridges, rail lines and ports. But for a president who campaigned on addressing the existential threat of climate change, as well as racial inequality, Mr. Biden clearly expects his infrastructure plan to be a lot more ambitious than simply repaving the nation’s roads. [ read more … ]

Clean Energy Policy & Politics

Biden faces ‘moment of truth’ as he weighs key U.S. climate promise

By Brady Dennis and Juliet Eilperin, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2021-03-23 15:23:59

By April 22, when President Biden convenes world leaders for an Earth Day summit, he is expected to unveil a new, aggressive plan to cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions between now and 2030. The moment is aimed at reestablishing American leadership in the fight to limit the Earth’s warming to no more than 1.5 degrees Celsius compared with preindustrial levels — a threshold beyond which scientists predict irreversible environmental damage. As he crafts the much-anticipated pledge, Biden is facing conflicting political pressures at home and abroad. [ read more … ]

Biden Starts Infrastructure Bet With U.S. Far Behind China

By Peter Martin and Keith Laing, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2021-03-23 15:23:14

President Joe Biden is betting that a multitrillion-dollar economic plan centered around infrastructure spending will do more than bolster an American economy hammered by the coronavirus pandemic: It will ensure his country’s competitiveness against China for decades to come. “If we don’t get moving, they’re going to eat our lunch,” Biden told lawmakers in a pitch for his proposal shortly after his call last month with Chinese President Xi Jinping. “We just have to step up.” [ read more … ]

Biden Administration

White House climate czar and Big Oil meet, talk cooperation after meeting

By Valerie Volcovici and Jarrett Renshaw, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2021-03-23 15:21:58

Representatives from the oil and gas industry and national climate adviser Gina McCarthy struck a cooperative tone following a meeting on Monday where the two sides discussed how companies can align with the Biden administration’s ambitious climate goals. Industry and White House officials after the meeting would not divulge details. Four sources familiar with the meeting on Zoom said it focused on emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, from oil and gas production and on the industry’s role in the administration’s plans to decarbonize the U.S. economy. [ read more … ]

EVs

California senators calling on Biden to set date for phasing out gasoline cars

BY DOMINICK MASTRANGELO, The Hill  •    •  Posted 2021-03-23 15:21:17

The two U.S. senators representing California are calling on President Biden to create a deadline for U.S. automakers to end sales of gasoline-powered cars, according to a new report.  In a letter to be sent to Biden on Monday that was obtained by Reuters, Democratic Sens. Alex Padilla and Dianne Feinstein urge Biden to “follow California’s lead and set a date by which all new cars and passenger trucks sold be zero-emission vehicles.” [ read more … ]

Are Electric Cars Really Better for the Environment?

By Russell Gold, Jessica Kuronen and Elbert Wang, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2021-03-23 15:20:52

Carmakers including General Motors Co. and Volkswagen AG are retooling their companies to make electric vehicles on the premise that their battery-powered motors are cleaner than gas-burning engines. Are EVs really better for the environment, though? A close look at all the factors shows they are—but it’s a complex answer with some asterisks. [ read more … ]

Commentary

The Year Clean Energy Proved Unstoppable

By Charles Hernick and Lisa Jacobson, Morning Consult

Lisa Jacobson  •    •  Posted 2021-03-23 15:20:26

As lawmakers look at designing policies that will reduce emissions while continuing to support economic growth, they should examine why clean energy proved so resilient despite the challenges and uncertainty of this past year. What they will find is this: The American people want clean energy and corporations, who share this desire, recognize that low-cost renewable power has revolutionized the market. [ read more … ]

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