"EPA: Obama's 'Dream Team' To Smooth Biden's Transition"

"Some of the highest-profile EPA officials of the Obama administration are regrouping as members of President-elect Joe Biden's EPA transition team. The 12 members include several former officials who helped craft the agency's most consequential regulations dealing with air, climate and water — most of which have been rolled back by the Trump administration."

Source: E&E News, 11/13/2020

How Biden Aims To Amp Up The Government’s Fight Against Climate Change

"A new administration would enlist departments like Transportation, Agriculture and Treasury to advance its climate goals"

"President-elect Joe Biden is poised to embed action on climate change across the breadth of the federal government, from the departments of Agriculture to Treasury to State — expanding it beyond environmental agencies to speed U.S. efforts to mitigate global warming and to acknowledge that the problem touches many aspects of American life.

Source: Washington Post, 11/12/2020

Senate Would Boost Energy Spending, Level-Fund Environment Agencies

"Energy and environmental agencies avoided major cuts and most controversial policy riders in Senate spending bills released this morning. The Senate Appropriations Committee released its 12 annual government funding bills, without holding any markups, to serve as an opening bid in negotiations with the House."

Source: E&E News, 11/11/2020

Biden Transition Team For Environment Includes Former Obama Officials

"President-elect Joe Biden’s transition teams for the Environmental Protection Agency and Transportation Department will be run by several agency alumni who served under President Barack Obama and helped craft regulations like the Clean Power Plan and tougher fuel economy standards for vehicles."

Source: Reuters, 11/11/2020
November 13, 2020

Build Back Better: Scientific Advice and Integrity After the Trump Years

Columbia University's Earth Institute invites you to join host Andy Revkin and a stellar array of scientists, scholars and veterans of the federal scientific advisory process in a brainstorm on ways to build a damaged system back better and create more uniform standards for scientific integrity. Noon - 1:30 p.m. ET.


"9 Things the Biden Administration Could Do Quickly on the Environment"

"President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. campaigned on the most ambitious climate platform of any presidential candidate in history, promising to spend $2 trillion over four years to draw down planet-warming fossil fuel emissions and convert much of the nation to clean energy. The possibility that the Senate could remain under the control of Republicans, who have generally opposed climate legislation, puts a damper on some of his biggest-ticket plans."

Source: NYTimes, 11/10/2020

“Man of Tomorrow: The Relentless Life of Jerry Brown”

The memorable career of California Gov. Jerry Brown has at its core a spiritual connection to the environment, a connection that he successfully channeled into the political realm, particularly around climate change. That’s according to the writer of a new biography that delves into the origins of Brown’s environmental politics and his climate change legacy. Read our latest BookShelf review.

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Even Without Senate, Biden Can Still Do Much To Fight Climate Change

What will a Biden presidency mean for climate and environmental policy if it’s facing the prospect of a GOP-controlled Senate? Quite a bit actually. The latest Backgrounder examines a range of executive actions that the Biden White House could take on energy and the environment. Plus, a look at what’s possible through independent agencies and, yes, bipartisan legislation. But there are a lot of powerful climate actions a Biden administration could take — by executive action alone. Also see headlines on the topic from EJ Today.

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