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Biden Pledges $60 Million to Help Protect Puerto Rico From Hurricanes

Biden Pledges $60 Million to Help Protect Puerto Rico From Hurricanes

In a visit to Puerto Rico Monday, President Joe Biden pledged an initial $60 million to help the U.S. territory prepare for hurricanes and other storms that have been made more extreme by the climate crisis.  His visit comes five years after Hurricane Maria devastated the island’s infrastructure and killed nearly 3,000 people and around […]

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    Biden Admin Reinstates Nearly $190 Million in Gulf Drilling Leases

    Biden Admin Reinstates Nearly $190 Million in Gulf Drilling Leases

    The Biden administration on Wednesday reinstated nearly $190 million in bids from fossil fuel companies for an oil-and-gas lease sale in the Gulf of Mexico that had previously been invalidated by a federal judge.  The move was one of the compromises struck between Democratic party leaders and pro-fossil-fuel Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia in […]

    States Propose Expanding Highways With Federal Infrastructure Funds Intended to Reduce Emissions

    States Propose Expanding Highways With Federal Infrastructure Funds Intended to Reduce Emissions

    In November 2021, President Joe Biden signed the Bipartisan Infrastructure Package into law, which allocates $1.2 trillion toward infrastructure and was meant to reduce transportation emissions. While the federal government is guiding states to use the funding toward public transit and other improvements, like increased bike lanes, a new report finds that state and local […]

    Environmental Justice Activists Call for Rejection of Manchin’s Fossil Fuel Side Deal

    Environmental Justice Activists Call for Rejection of Manchin’s Fossil Fuel Side Deal

    Black, Indigenous, and people of color from across the country rallied on Thursday, demanding Congress and President Biden reject an energy permitting overhaul that would expedite fossil fuel infrastructure, including pipelines like the beleaguered Mountain Valley Pipeline. “For so long… these industries have been placed in BIPOC communities that are too often targeted by these projects. It’s […]

    Clean Energy Projects Surge Following Passage of Climate Bill

    Clean Energy Projects Surge Following Passage of Climate Bill

    Since the passage of the Democrats’ Inflation Reduction Act — which provides $369 billion for climate and energy spending, including renewable energy incentives and programs to reduce pollution and address the disproportionate harms to disadvantaged communities due to climate change — many corporations have announced plans for costly clean energy projects, reported The New York […]

    Manchin Side Deal Would Fast-Track Controversial Pipeline

    Manchin Side Deal Would Fast-Track Controversial Pipeline

    The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), which was signed into law by President Joe Biden on August 16, is the biggest investment the U.S. government has made to date in fighting the climate crisis. Yet in order to persuade West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin to support the landmark legislation, party leaders made a side deal with […]

    EPA Proposes Regulating Two Common ‘Forever Chemicals’ Under Superfund Law

    EPA Proposes Regulating Two Common ‘Forever Chemicals’ Under Superfund Law

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) took a major step on Friday towards regulating the toxic substances known as “forever chemicals” for their tendency to persist in the environment and the human body.  The agency announced a proposal to list two of the most common per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as hazardous substances under the […]

    Next U.S. Energy Boom Could Be Wind Power in the Gulf of Mexico

    Next U.S. Energy Boom Could Be Wind Power in the Gulf of Mexico

    By Michael E. Webber and Hugh Daigle With passage of the Inflation Reduction Act, which contains $370 billion for climate and energy programs, policy experts are forecasting a big expansion in clean electricity generation. One source that’s poised for growth is offshore wind power. Today the U.S. has just two operating offshore wind farms, off […]