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Cracks in Biden's Head. Are You Joking?

by: Sarah Bowman, Umair Irfan
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The president-elect has tapped a former DuPont consultant to join his Environmental Protection Agency transition board. Cracks in Biden's Head. Are You Joking? That's what I'm thinking already while you are not even 'the president.' Unbelievable!

Cracks in Biden's Head. A Dupont Consultant?

Michael McCabe, a former employee of Biden and a former deputy Environmental Protection Agency administrator, later jumped ship to work as a consultant on communication strategy for DuPont during a time when the chemical company was looking to fight regulations of their star chemical perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) also known as C8.

The toxic human-made chemical is used in everything from waterproof clothes, stain-resistant textiles, and food packaging to non-stick pans. The compound has been linked to lowered fertility, cancer, and liver damage. The Guardian reported this week that Harvard school of public health professor Philippe Grandjean, who studies environmental health, warns that PFAS chemicals, of which PFOA is one, might reduce the efficacy of a Covid-19 vaccine.

This smells of the dawn of the same old. To quote the Who: meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

It should go without saying that someone who advised DuPont on avoiding regulations is not someone we want advising this new administration.

According to an article in the Intercept, McCabe started managing DuPont’s communications with the EPA about the toxic chemical in 2003. DuPont faced a barrage of litigation after the company dumped 7,100 tons of PFOA-filled waste in West Virginia, which made its way into the drinking water of 100,000 people.

This newly elected president says we need to listen to science. Are you really listening to the science, or are you listening to an industry insider who controls the message? We are in this mess because we continue to do the same old thing.

Let us not forget where these chemicals came from and responsible for putting them in our environment. Let us not bring the fox back into the hen house.

DuPont executives should have no place in the Environmental Protection Agency. I call on Joe Biden to do the right thing. 

Erin Brockovich is an environmental advocate and author of the new book; Superman’s Not Coming: Our National Water Crisis and What We the People Can Do About It. Suzanne Boothby contributed research and reporting to this article.

Why Is Joe Biden Considering Ernest Moniz To Help Fight The Climate crisis?

The Biden transition team faces pressure not to hire people with fossil fuel ties, like Obama’s energy secretary Ernest Moniz.

Ernest Moniz

“We certainly have to get beyond the climate deniers,” he said in the April 2019 interview with C-SPAN. “But we also have to get beyond what we think are often completely unrealistic proposals for the pace at which we can decarbonize.” Fighting climate change at the pace needed would require a “broad coalition,” he said – one that included the oil and gas industry.

Ernest Moniz’s, woman, sitting
Ernest Moniz’s (right) link to fossil fuels ‘is his entire professional career for the last couple of decades, which is deeply concerning.

Moniz was wading into a dispute that will define how the new Biden administration tackles the crisis: can oil and gas companies be part of the solution? Or have they proven, with years of disinformation campaigns and efforts to slow climate action, that they will always stand in the way?

Moniz’s Case:

  • Moniz is on the board of one of the most polluting power companies in America, the Georgia-based Southern Company.
  • His firm Energy Futures Initiative (EFI) conducted research paid for by Southern California Gas (SoCalGas), which a state consumer advocate has since argued should be fined for using customer money to oppose climate progress.
  • Moniz presented the results at an event sponsored by Stanford University’s Natural Gas Initiative, which SoCalGas and other fossil fuel companies help fund as affiliate members. The initiative offers corporate members access to research “from inception to outcome.”
  • EFI also partnered with Stanford researchers on a report that explored opportunities to capture climate emissions from fossil fuel operations. One of the funders was the industry group, the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative.
  • EFI’s advisory board is chaired by the former chief executive of British oil company BP, including distinguished climate experts and environmentalists.

Collin Rees, a senior campaigner for Oil Change International, said, "Moniz’s links to fossil fuels aren’t a blip on his resume'. It is his entire professional career for the last couple of decades, which is deeply concerning.” 

Cracks In Biden's Credibility

How Joe Biden could plan to use executive powers to fight climate change. 10 ways Biden could fight climate change, with or without Congress. Will he?

By Umair Irfan Updated Nov 9, 2020

Biden: The Environment's President-Elect

Joe Biden is the president-elect of the United States. It’s not clear yet who will control the Senate. That may end up becoming the biggest obstacle for Biden’s administration, particularly his ambitious agenda to deal with climate change.

His proposal calls for an aggressive shift to clean energy, carbon neutrality by the middle of the century, and massive federal investment to drive these changes. Contrast that with President Donald Trump, who put forth no plan to deal with climate change and actively undermined existing policies to limit greenhouse gas emissions.

But Biden’s most ambitious ideas — particularly using $1.7 trillion in government money — requires Congress to go along, and it’s not clear he’ll have a willing majority. The filibuster could thwart even a narrow Democratic majority.

President - Elect, Biden, grass, stand

Biden Will Undo Most Environmental Rollbacks From President Trump

Biden is also likely to undo most, if not all, of Trump’s environmental rollbacks with his executive powers. Trump has repealed or weakened 125 environmental regulations, like protections for endangered species and environmental risk assessments for infrastructure, and has opened protected wilderness for fossil fuel development and logging.

Some of the most notable rollbacks are of rules seeking to cut greenhouse gases, like the Clean Power Plan, energy efficiency standards, and fuel economy regulations for cars and trucks. Many of these rollbacks are also tied down in ongoing lawsuits across state and federal courts that may take months to resolve.

Just untangling this mess alone may end up keeping Biden’s hands full. “It’s not just flipping the dial and going from Trump back to Obama,” said Barry Rabe, a public policy professor at the University of Michigan who studies environmental policy. “It could actually take much of an entire term in office to reverse that reversal.” And without drastic action soon, greenhouse gases will continue to increase in the atmosphere. The planet will continue to heat up, and disasters worsened by climate change will extract an increasingly dear toll from the US economy.

Biden's Power Without Capitol Hill

There’s a lot a president can do from the White House without Capitol Hill, however. The questions are how quickly the head of government can get these things done and how much of what gets done will last through another administration.

Biden has a strong list of executive actions to pursue climate change. Even if Biden were to reverse Trump’s policies on climate change, that would only get the US back to where it was four years ago. At that point, US greenhouse gas emissions were flat, and the country was not on track to meet its climate change goals under the Paris climate agreement.

Biden: 10 Executive Actions To Pursue Off The Bat

Campaign press secretary Jamal Brown told us that Biden has come up with at least 10 executive actions to pursue off the bat:

  • Requiring aggressive methane pollution limits for new oil and gas operations.
  • Using the federal government procurement system — which spends $500 billion every year — to drive toward 100 percent clean energy and zero-emissions vehicles.
  • Ensuring that all US government installations, buildings, and facilities are more efficient and climate-ready, harnessing the purchasing power and supply chains to drive innovation.
  • Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from transportation — the fastest-growing source of US climate pollution — by preserving and implementing the existing Clean Air Act, and developing rigorous new fuel economy standards aimed at ensuring 100 percent of new light- and medium-duty vehicles will be electrified, and annual improvements are made for heavy-duty vehicles.
  • Doubling down on the liquid fuels of the future, agriculture is a key part of climate change. Advanced biofuels, made with materials like switchgrass and algae, can create jobs and new solutions to reduce emissions in planes, oceangoing vessels, and more.
  • Saving consumers money and reducing emissions through new, aggressive appliance and building efficiency standards.
  • Committing that every federal infrastructure investment should reduce climate pollution and require any federal permitting decision to consider the effects of greenhouse gas emissions and climate change.
  • Requiring public companies to disclose climate risks and greenhouse gas emissions in their operations and supply chains.
  • Protecting biodiversity, slowing extinction rates, and helping leverage natural climate solutions by conserving 30 percent of America’s lands and waters by 2030.
  • Protecting America’s natural treasures by permanently protecting the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and other areas impacted by President Trump’s attacks on federal lands and waters, establishing national parks and monuments that reflect America’s natural heritage, banning new oil and gas permitting on public lands and waters, modifying royalties to account for climate costs, and establishing targeted programs to enhance reforestation and develop renewables on federal lands and waters, to double offshore wind by 2030.

These actions are only a slice of how Biden plans to address climate change, and there may be more. There are also more contentious executive actions Biden could potentially take, like revoking authorization for the Keystone XL pipeline or denying oil and liquefied natural gas export licenses.

However, executive actions alone won’t be enough to bring the US on track to have a carbon-neutral economy by 2050. The private sector — power companies, manufacturers, businesses — will also have to act, which may require a combination of incentives, regulations, and advances in technology.

And while climate change is a high priority for Biden, he will also be facing the Covid-19 pandemic. He will be shaping the government’s response to the virus, currently killing more than 1,000 Americans every day. Balancing the two crises of

Covid-19 And Climate Change: A Formidable Task For Biden.

Biden’s domestic climate agenda could end up stalled in the courts, but he can push for more action around the world. The idea behind executive actions is to use authorities under existing laws rather than passing new ones.

While the US is the largest historical emitter of greenhouse gases and currently ranks second in China's emissions, it only comprises 15 percent of humanity’s current emissions output. That means addressing climate change would require nudging other countries to curb their own emissions and shift clean energy.

There are also other international agreements on issues that touch on climate, like the Montreal Protocol that places limits on hydrofluorocarbons, a class of potent, heat-trapping gases. The US can also leverage its power as a major economy to sway trade rules, using agreements to hold trading partners accountable for their contributions to climate change.

The good news: Americans are more motivated to tackle climate change than ever

President-Elect Biden And The Environment

By Sarah Bowman, the 7th of November 2020

Biden: the environmental president-elect is now in charge. The world knows it now. Whatever Trump says, the presidential election's outcome is clear. The result has decade-defining consequences – for global democracy and progress. Transatlantic ties, superpower relations, the environment, and climate emergency are all in the balance. When sworn in, Mr. Biden as president will set the agenda for the struggle against Covid-19, and the fight for racial justice, gender equality, and the fair distribution of wealth.

Voters Wanted Action On Climate Change

Voters wanted action on climate change and the environment, both in Indiana and across the country. State-level surveys showed that seven in 10 voters want their government to do more. And polling across the country showed the majority of voters support a transition to renewable energy.  

Recommended: Climate Change By Risky Business: We Are Screwed!

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb had not listed climate among his main priorities, while Democratic challenger Dr. Woody Myers has. Trump had pushed a deregulatory agenda while President-elect Joe Biden recently released a climate plan. 

Biden: president-elect of the environment. This is what you need to know what Trump wanted and did not get when Biden is sworn in as president.

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Photo by Rebecca Blackwell. People celebrate Saturday, Nov. 7, in Philadelphia, after Democrat Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump to become 46th president of the United States' environment. 

President-Elect Biden And Myers Advocate For Renewables

On the other hand, Holcomb's Democratic opponent Dr. Woody Myers wants to aggressively move the state toward renewable energy sources and get 'completely away' from fossil fuels. He would reinstate net metering — a policy that makes rooftop solar more affordable for homeowners. Holcomb started to phase out in 2017 — and put wind and solar on government buildings and properties. 

President-elect Biden similarly wants to move toward clean energy in the coming decades and believes that economic growth is making that transition. His $2 trillion climate plan includes additional investment in renewables and further innovation and infrastructure in the field. 

 

                                                   Watch: Nightly News Full Broadcast (November 7th)


President-Elect Biden's $2 Trillion Climate Plan A Challenge For Indiana

Biden's climate plan would see a carbon-free energy sector across the country by 2035. But in Indiana, which ranks highly in the country for coal consumption, this is a tight time frame. 

About 59% of the state's electricity comes from coal, while renewables accounted for only 7%. Although several utilities already plan to move away from coal in the next decade, others might not do so for another 20 years. To the dismay of some, Biden's plan does not include a carbon tax, which would tax greenhouse gas producers for their emissions. 

Recommended: Climate Change, A Sideshow In Trump's State Of The Union

Stances On Climate Change Vary Widely

President-elect Biden has addressed climate change as a major part of this platform, laying out ambitions to achieve net-zero emissions in the U.S. by 2050. Woody Myers also listed climate as one of his top priorities and said he considers the climate crisis as both a public health and national security threat.

Joe Biden President
Biden’s $2 Trillion Climate Plan Promotes Union Jobs, Electric Cars, and Carbon-Free Power

Myers Would Reinstate Funding For Indiana's Environmental Agency

In the last decade, funding for the Indiana Department of Environmental Management has fallen by 20%, even as overall state spending grew. Staffing also fell by 150 jobs, raising concerns about the agency's ability to fulfill its mission to protect human health and the environment. Myers would give IDEM "a shot of epinephrine," he told IndyStar, and provide the agency with additional resources and attention.

When asked whether he would consider increasing IDEM's funding, Holcomb said the administration doesn't measure effectiveness by the number of dollars or personnel.

Biden Will Have No Greater Ally Than UK -Foreign Minister Raab.

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden will have no closer ally, or more dependable friend than Britain, foreign minister Dominic Raab said on Sunday, expressing excitement to work with the new administration.

"I am very confident from climate change to cooperation on coronavirus and counter-terrorism. There is a huge bedrock of underlying interests and values that binds us very close together. He will have no greater ally, no more dependable friend than the United Kingdom".

Environmental Justice A Priority For President-Elect Biden

President-elect Biden has said environmental justice is part of his climate plan, including creating an environmental climate and justice office within the Department of Justice. Trump did not give environmental justice the same priority and lost the elections. 

Before you go!

Recommended: Global Cooling Or Warming: Will It Kill Us?

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Just untangling this mess alone may end up keeping Biden’s hands full. “It’s not just flipping the dial and going from Trump back to Obama,” said Barry Rabe, a public policy professor at the University of Michigan who studies environmental policy. “It could actually take much of an entire term in office to reverse that reversal.” And without drastic action soon, greenhouse gases will continue to increase in the atmosphere. The planet will continue to heat up, and disasters worsened by climate change will extract an increasingly dear toll from the US economy. Biden's Power Without Capitol Hill There’s a lot a president can do from the White House without Capitol Hill, however. The questions are how quickly the head of government can get these things done and how much of what gets done will last through another administration. Biden has a strong list of executive actions to pursue climate change. Even if Biden were to reverse Trump’s policies on climate change, that would only get the US back to where it was four years ago. At that point, US greenhouse gas emissions were flat, and the country was not on track to meet its climate change goals under the Paris climate agreement. Biden: 10 Executive Actions To Pursue Off The Bat Campaign press secretary Jamal Brown told us that Biden has come up with at least 10 executive actions to pursue off the bat: Requiring aggressive methane pollution limits for new oil and gas operations. Using the federal government procurement system — which spends $500 billion every year — to drive toward 100 percent clean energy and zero-emissions vehicles. Ensuring that all US government installations, buildings, and facilities are more efficient and climate-ready, harnessing the purchasing power and supply chains to drive innovation. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from transportation — the fastest-growing source of US climate pollution — by preserving and implementing the existing Clean Air Act, and developing rigorous new fuel economy standards aimed at ensuring 100 percent of new light- and medium-duty vehicles will be electrified, and annual improvements are made for heavy-duty vehicles. Doubling down on the liquid fuels of the future, agriculture is a key part of climate change. Advanced biofuels, made with materials like switchgrass and algae, can create jobs and new solutions to reduce emissions in planes, oceangoing vessels, and more. Saving consumers money and reducing emissions through new, aggressive appliance and building efficiency standards. Committing that every federal infrastructure investment should reduce climate pollution and require any federal permitting decision to consider the effects of greenhouse gas emissions and climate change. Requiring public companies to disclose climate risks and greenhouse gas emissions in their operations and supply chains. Protecting biodiversity, slowing extinction rates, and helping leverage natural climate solutions by conserving 30 percent of America’s lands and waters by 2030. Protecting America’s natural treasures by permanently protecting the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and other areas impacted by President Trump’s attacks on federal lands and waters, establishing national parks and monuments that reflect America’s natural heritage, banning new oil and gas permitting on public lands and waters, modifying royalties to account for climate costs, and establishing targeted programs to enhance reforestation and develop renewables on federal lands and waters, to double offshore wind by 2030. These actions are only a slice of how Biden plans to address climate change, and there may be more. There are also more contentious executive actions Biden could potentially take, like revoking authorization for the Keystone XL pipeline or denying oil and liquefied natural gas export licenses. However, executive actions alone won’t be enough to bring the US on track to have a carbon-neutral economy by 2050. The private sector — power companies, manufacturers, businesses — will also have to act, which may require a combination of incentives, regulations, and advances in technology. And while climate change is a high priority for Biden, he will also be facing the Covid-19 pandemic. He will be shaping the government’s response to the virus, currently killing more than 1,000 Americans every day. Balancing the two crises of Covid-19 And Climate Change: A Formidable Task For Biden. Biden’s domestic climate agenda could end up stalled in the courts, but he can push for more action around the world. The idea behind executive actions is to use authorities under existing laws rather than passing new ones. While the US is the largest historical emitter of greenhouse gases and currently ranks second in China's emissions, it only comprises 15 percent of humanity’s current emissions output. That means addressing climate change would require nudging other countries to curb their own emissions and shift clean energy. There are also other international agreements on issues that touch on climate, like the Montreal Protocol that places limits on hydrofluorocarbons, a class of potent, heat-trapping gases. The US can also leverage its power as a major economy to sway trade rules, using agreements to hold trading partners accountable for their contributions to climate change. The good news: Americans are more motivated to tackle climate change than ever President-Elect Biden And The Environment By Sarah Bowman, the 7th of November 2020 Biden: the environmental president-elect is now in charge. The world knows it now. Whatever Trump says, the presidential election's outcome is clear. The result has decade-defining consequences – for global democracy and progress. Transatlantic ties, superpower relations, the environment, and climate emergency are all in the balance. When sworn in, Mr. Biden as president will set the agenda for the struggle against Covid-19, and the fight for racial justice, gender equality, and the fair distribution of wealth. Voters Wanted Action On Climate Change Voters wanted action on climate change and the environment, both in Indiana and across the country. State-level surveys showed that seven in 10 voters want their government to do more. And polling across the country showed the majority of voters support a transition to renewable energy.   Recommended:  Climate Change By Risky Business: We Are Screwed! Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb had not listed climate among his main priorities, while Democratic challenger Dr. Woody Myers has. Trump had pushed a deregulatory agenda while President-elect Joe Biden recently released a climate plan.  Biden: president-elect of the environment. T his is what you need to know what Trump wanted and did not get when Biden is sworn in as president. Photo by Rebecca Blackwell. People celebrate Saturday, Nov. 7, in Philadelphia, after Democrat Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump to become 46th president of the United States' environment.  President-Elect Biden And Myers Advocate For Renewables On the other hand, Holcomb's Democratic opponent Dr. Woody Myers wants to aggressively move the state toward renewable energy sources and get 'completely away' from fossil fuels. He would reinstate net metering — a policy that makes rooftop solar more affordable for homeowners. Holcomb started to phase out in 2017 — and put wind and solar on government buildings and properties.  President-elect Biden similarly wants to move toward clean energy in the coming decades and believes that economic growth is making that transition. His $2 trillion climate plan includes additional investment in renewables and further innovation and infrastructure in the field.    {youtube}                                                     Watch:  Nightly News Full Broadcast (November 7th) President-Elect Biden's $2 Trillion Climate Plan A Challenge For Indiana Biden's climate plan would see a carbon-free energy sector across the country by 2035. But in Indiana, which ranks highly in the country for coal consumption, this is a tight time frame.  About 59% of the state's electricity comes from coal, while renewables accounted for only 7%. Although several utilities already plan to move away from coal in the next decade, others might not do so for another 20 years. To the dismay of some, Biden's plan does not include a carbon tax, which would tax greenhouse gas producers for their emissions.  Recommended:  Climate Change, A Sideshow In Trump's State Of The Union Stances On Climate Change Vary Widely President-elect Biden has addressed climate change as a major part of this platform, laying out ambitions to achieve net-zero emissions in the U.S. by 2050. Woody Myers also listed climate as one of his top priorities and said he considers the climate crisis as both a public health and national security threat. Biden’s $2 Trillion Climate Plan Promotes Union Jobs, Electric Cars, and Carbon-Free Power Myers Would Reinstate Funding For Indiana's Environmental Agency In the last decade, funding for the Indiana Department of Environmental Management has fallen by 20%, even as overall state spending grew. Staffing also fell by 150 jobs, raising concerns about the agency's ability to fulfill its mission to protect human health and the environment. Myers would give IDEM "a shot of epinephrine," he told IndyStar, and provide the agency with additional resources and attention. When asked whether he would consider increasing IDEM's funding, Holcomb said the administration doesn't measure effectiveness by the number of dollars or personnel. Biden Will Have No Greater Ally Than UK -Foreign Minister Raab. U.S. President-elect Joe Biden will have no closer ally, or more dependable friend than Britain, foreign minister Dominic Raab said on Sunday, expressing excitement to work with the new administration. "I am very confident from climate change to cooperation on coronavirus and counter-terrorism. There is a huge bedrock of underlying interests and values that binds us very close together. He will have no greater ally, no more dependable friend than the United Kingdom". Environmental Justice A Priority For President-Elect Biden President-elect Biden has said environmental justice is part of his climate plan, including creating an environmental climate and justice office within the Department of Justice. Trump did not give environmental justice the same priority and lost the elections.  Before you go! Recommended:  Global Cooling Or Warming: Will It Kill Us? Did you find this an interesting article, or do you have a question or remark? Leave a comment below. We try to respond the same day. Like to write your article about the environment, climate change, and President-elect Biden environmental plans? Send your writing & scribble with a photo to  [email protected] , and we will write an interesting article based on your input.
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