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NEWS UPDATE July 14, 2020

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2020 Campaign

Biden Announces $2 Trillion Climate Plan

By Katie Glueck and Lisa Friedman, New York Times  •    •  Posted July 14, 2020

Joseph R. Biden Jr. announced on Tuesday a new plan to spend $2 trillion over four years to significantly escalate the use of clean energy in the transportation, electricity and building sectors, part of a suite of sweeping proposals designed to create economic opportunities and build infrastructure while also tackling climate change. In a speech in Wilmington, Del., Mr. Biden built on his plans, released last week, for reviving the economy in the wake of the coronavirus crisis, with a new focus on enhancing the nation’s infrastructure and emphasizing the importance of putting the United States on a path to significantly cut fossil fuel emissions. [ read more … ]

Biden set to offer newly ambitious climate goals

By Matt Viser and Dino Grandoni, Washington Post  •    •  Posted July 14, 2020

Joe Biden’s campaign announced a proposal Tuesday to transform the nation’s energy industry, pledging to eliminate carbon pollution from power plants by 2035 and spend $2 trillion to turbocharge the clean energy economy. The plan would dramatically reduce the country’s reliance on fossil fuels, and the 15-year timeline for a 100 percent clean electricity standard is far more ambitious than anything Biden has previously proposed. [ read more … ]

Joe Biden Plots Energy Path With Eye on Left Flank, Swing-State Jobs

By Jennifer Epstein, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted July 14, 2020

During a virtual fundraiser Monday night with dozens of renewable energy developers and advocates, Biden said clean energy would offer an opportunity for American workers to rebound from multiple predicaments. “It makes it all easier in a bizarre way,” he said. “We’re facing a historic set of crises: a pandemic, an economic crisis and systemic racism. And the most sweeping crisis of all — climate change — touches each one, and it exacerbates the threats to global health and to the economy and racial justice.” [ read more … ]


‘Compelling’ evidence air pollution worsens coronavirus – study

By Damian Carrington, The Guardian  •    •  Posted July 14, 2020

There is “compelling” evidence that air pollution significantly increases coronavirus infections, hospital admissions and deaths, according to the most detailed and comprehensive analysis to date. The research indicates that a small, single-unit increase in people’s long-term exposure to pollution particles raises infections and admissions by about 10% and deaths by 15%. The study took into account more than 20 other factors, including average population density, age, household size, occupation and obesity. [ read more … ]


G.A.O.: Trump Boosts Deregulation by Undervaluing Cost of Climate Change

By Lisa Friedman, New York Times  •    •  Posted July 14, 2020

A federal report released on Tuesday found the Trump administration set a rock-bottom price on the damages done by greenhouse gas emissions, enabling the government to justify the costs of repealing or weakening dozens of climate change regulations. The report by the Government Accountability Office, Congress’s nonpartisan investigative arm, said the Trump administration estimated the harm that global warming will cause future generations to be seven times lower than previous federal estimates. Reducing that metric, known as the “social cost of carbon,” has helped the administration massage cost-benefit analyses, particularly for rules that allow power plants and automobiles to emit more planet-warming carbon dioxide. [ read more … ]

Policy & Politics

‘Here’s your check’: Trump’s massive payouts to farmers will be hard to pull back

By RYAN MCCRIMMON, Politico  •    •  Posted July 14, 2020

Because agriculture is both high-risk and vital to the food supply, the government has long been in the business of helping farmers and ranchers manage economic downturns, natural disasters and other headwinds; Congress routinely passes farm bills that include a suite of subsidies, conservation incentives, crop insurance and other safety net programs. Under the Obama administration, total direct payments to farmers ranged from $9.8 billion to nearly $13 billion per year. But under Trump, the trade bailout and coronavirus relief efforts have pushed farm spending to more than twice that level, with far more in the pipeline. [ read more … ]


More than a dozen states unite to boost electric trucks

By Dino Grandoni with Paulina Firozi, Washington Post  •    •  Posted July 14, 2020

More than a dozen states are teaming up to boost sales of pickup trucks, school buses and big rigs that run entirely on electricity and do not pump climate-warming pollution into the air.
Leaders from Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and 10 other states, along with the District of Columbia, say they will try to make sure every new medium- and heavy-duty vehicle sold within their borders is fully electric by the middle of the century.  [ read more … ]

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