Go Bigger! - Green New Deal Network Press Event

Posted by Brad Johnson Tue, 20 Jul 2021 18:30:00 GMT

Congressional Progressive Caucus Chair Pramila Jayapal, House Transportation and Infrastructure Chair Peter DeFazio, Rep. Barbara Lee, Rep. Debbie Dingell, Rep. Juan Vargas, Rep. Melanie Stansbury, Rep. Peter Welch, Rep. Seth Moulton, Rep. Yvette Clarke, Rep. Andy Levin and other members of Congress will join Green New Deal Network organizational principals, community leaders, and allies to push for Congress to “Go Bigger to Meet the Need” on climate, jobs, and justice.

“We are concerned that a $3.5 trillion infrastructure and jobs plan will not sufficiently tackle challenges, from extreme weather disasters to access to public transit and dignified care employment. After the Senate budget committee announced its proposal on July 13, eyes have turned to the House, which is developing its own approach, with an opportunity to go bigger to ensure the level of investment meets the need.”

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Where: Union Square, (area 15 of US Capitol), 3rd Street NW b/w Constitution and Independence Avenues, Washington, DC, 89801

Other speakers include
  • Natalia Salgado, Working Families Party
  • Keya Chatterjee, US Climate Action Network
  • Ramon Cruz, Sierra Club
  • Andy Kunz, US High Speed Rail Association
  • Rahna Epting, MoveOn.org
  • Ebony Martin, Greenpeace
  • Lauren Manus, Sunrise Movement
  • Basav Sen, Climate Justice Alliance
  • Tashima Hawkins, American Federation of Teachers
  • Ofelia Sanchez, Central Florida Jobs with Justice

Democratic Climate Groups Release $10 Million Clean-Energy Jobs Ad Campaign

Posted by Brad Johnson Thu, 08 Jul 2021 14:54:00 GMT

The Democratic Party-aligned organizations Climate Power and the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) have begun a $10 million spend on television spots to promote the Biden infrastructure plan with a clean-energy jobs message. This effort is part of a broader $28 million “Great American Build” campaign.

The new ads are airing on national cable and the Washington D.C. market, as well as the local markets of 23 congressional swing districts held by Democrats.

Climate Power is a joint effort of the Center for American Progress Action Fund, League of Conservation Voters, and the Sierra Club, with an advisory board of Democratic and environmentalist luminaries.

Four states:
  • Arizona (Kelly and Sinema)
  • Georgia (Ossoff and Warnock)
  • New Hampshire (Hassan and Shaheen)
  • Nevada (Cortez Masto and Rosen)
The congressional districts:
  • AZ-01 (O’Halleran)
  • GA-06 (McBath)
  • GA-07 (Bourdeaux)
  • IA-03 (Axne)
  • IL-14 (Underwood)
  • KS-03 (Davids)
  • ME-02 (Golden)
  • MI-08 (Slotkin)
  • MI-11 (Stevens)
  • MN-02 (Craig)
  • NH-01 (Pappas)
  • NJ-03 (Kim)
  • NJ-07 (Malinowski)
  • NJ-11 (Sherrill)
  • NV-03 (Lee)
  • NV-04 (Horsford)
  • NY-19 (Delgado)
  • OR-04 (DeFazio)
  • PA-07 (Wild)
  • PA-08 (Cartwright)
  • VA-02 (Luria)
  • VA-07 (Spanberger)
  • WI-03 (Kind)
An example of the district ads: In addition to the television spots, there are digital ads. An example of the digital ads, targeting Georgia:

J30: Climate Protest at the White House

Posted by Brad Johnson Wed, 30 Jun 2021 13:00:00 GMT

On June 30th, we are calling on climate activists to join us at the White House to demand President Biden act now to stop dirty fossil fuel projects in all our communities, from Line 3 to the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) and beyond, and call on Congress to prioritize climate justice, racial justice, Indigenous rights, housing justice and transit justice in the infrastructure discussions.

While fires rage out west and storms threaten the Gulf, President Biden is busy meeting with Republicans and failing us all on climate. If he wants to be a climate champion, time is running out, just as it is running out for our communities. There is no room for compromise when it comes to the very survival of our planet.

Please join us on June 30th to be a part of the movement that changes the trajectory of this administration so that the White House stands up for the rights of our communities instead of doing the bidding of corporate polluters.

Our demands for President Biden are simple and clear:

PROTECT PEOPLE, NOT POLLUTERS.

Use your executive authority to stop approving fossil fuel projects and declare a climate emergency. Fossil fuel pipelines, infrastructure, exports, and leases fuel the climate emergency, pollute in Black & Brown communities, and violate treaty rights. Act now to end the era of fossil fuel production, protect our communities, and Build Back Fossil Free.

PASS A CLIMATE JUSTICE INFRASTRUCTURE BILL.

Use your bully pulpit to make sure Congress includes strong climate, Indigenous rights, housing justice, racial justice, and transit justice commitments in an infrastructure bill. Build on the Thrive Agenda, to build a climate care economy, good jobs for all, an end to fossil fuel subsidies and a renewable energy standard!

Led by Indigenous Environmental Network and ShutDownDC, with many partner organizations.

Manchin Announces His Plan to Cede Control of Senate to "100% Wrong" Mitch McConnell

Posted by Brad Johnson Mon, 07 Jun 2021 08:25:00 GMT

Over the weekend, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) embraced the Republican filibuster, giving Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) veto power over all future legislation.

Manchin, the chair of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, penned an essay in the Charleston Gazette-Mail unequivocally stating, “I will not vote to weaken or eliminate the filibuster.”

Current Senate rules require 60 votes to overcome the filibuster, which gives Republicans veto power in the 50-50 Senate. In May, McConnell announced that “One-hundred percent of our focus is on stopping this new administration.”

In an interview with Fox News’s Chris Wallace on Sunday, Manchin sharply criticized McConnell’s partisan obstruction: “I think he’s 100% wrong in trying to block all the good things that we’re trying to do for America.”

In his essay, Manchin repeatedly invoked the possibility of bipartisanship as his justification for rejecting legislation such as the voting-rights For the People Act (H.R. 1).

However, Manchin also admitted there are only seven Republicans, not ten, that are willing to even potentially break with Mitch McConnell or Donald Trump.
Are the very Republican senators who voted to impeach Trump because of actions that led to an attack on our democracy unwilling to support actions to strengthen our democracy

Manchin’s low threshhold for bipartisanship – opposing Trump’s incitement of insurrection that led to an assault on the Senate chambers – was met by only seven Republicans. The vote required a 2/3 majority to convict Trump, but failed 57-43.

Manchin said to Wallace he’s aware of the numbers: “[W]e have seven brave Republicans that continue to vote for what they know is right and the facts as they see them, not worrying about the political consequences.”

He has not explained how 57 votes is sufficient to break a filibuster, since it’s not.

To wit: at the end of May, McConnell and 34 other Republicans successfully filibustered the legislation to create a bipartisan committee to investigate the attack on our democracy.

Leaders to Leaders Summit on Climate: Day 2

Posted by Brad Johnson Fri, 23 Apr 2021 12:00:00 GMT

President Biden invited 40 world leaders to the Leaders Summit on Climate he will host on April 22 and 23. The virtual Leaders Summit will be live streamed for public viewing.

Day 2 Schedule

8:00 a.m.–Session 4

Unleashing Climate Innovation

This session will highlight the critical role of technological innovation in achieving a net-zero, climate-resilient economy; the importance of accelerating public and private investment in climate innovation; and the enormous economic opportunities in building the industries of the future.

U.S. Participants:
  • Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm
  • Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo
  • Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry
Leaders:
  • Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, Denmark
  • Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel
  • President Uhuru Kenyatta, Kenya
  • Prime Minister Erna Solberg, Norway
  • Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Singapore
  • Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, United Arab Emirates
Speakers:
  • Fatih Birol, Executive Director, International Energy Agency
  • Anna Borg, President and CEO, Vattenfall
  • Shirley Ann Jackson, President, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Danielle Merfeld, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, GE Renewable Energy
  • Audrey Zibelman, Vice President, X

9:15 a.m.–Session 5

The Economic Opportunities of Climate Action

This session will highlight the broad economic benefits of climate action, with a strong focus on job creation. It will explore the economic benefits of green recovery and long-term decarbonization and the importance of ensuring that all communities and workers benefit from the clean-energy transition.

U.S. Participants:
  • Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg
  • United States Trade Representative Katherine C. Tai
  • National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy
Leaders:
  • President Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria
  • President Andrzej Duda, Poland
  • Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez, Spain
  • President Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Vietnam
Speakers:
  • Jack Allen, CEO, Proterra
  • Roxanne Brown, International Vice President at Large, United Steelworkers
  • Sharan Burrow, General Secretary, International Trade Union
  • Brett Isaac, CEO, Navajo Power
  • Erica Mackie, CEO, Grid Alternatives
  • Nthabiseng Mosia, Co-Founder and CCO, Easy Solar
  • George Oliver, Chairman and CEO, Johnson Controls International; Chair, Business Roundtable Energy and Environment Committee
  • Lonnie R. Stephenson, President, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
Day 2 Featured Speakers:
  • Michael Bloomberg, U.N. Special Envoy on Climate Ambition and Solutions
  • Bill Gates, Founder, Breakthrough Energy
  • Brenda Mallory, Chair, White House Council on Environmental Quality
  • Peggy Shepard, Executive Director, WE ACT for Environmental Justice; Co-Chair, White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council

Leaders to Leaders Summit on Climate: Day 1

Posted by Brad Johnson Thu, 22 Apr 2021 12:00:00 GMT

President Biden invited 40 world leaders to the Leaders Summit on Climate he will host on April 22 and April 23. The virtual Leaders Summit will be live streamed for public viewing.

The Leaders Summit on Climate will underscore the urgency – and the economic benefits – of stronger climate action. It will be a key milestone on the road to the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) this November in Glasgow.

In recent years, scientists have underscored the need to limit planetary warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius in order to stave off the worst impacts of climate change. A key goal of both the Leaders Summit and COP26 will be to catalyze efforts that keep that 1.5-degree goal within reach. The Summit will also highlight examples of how enhanced climate ambition will create good paying jobs, advance innovative technologies, and help vulnerable countries adapt to climate impacts.

By the time of the Summit, the United States will announce an ambitious 2030 emissions target as its new Nationally Determined Contribution under the Paris Agreement. In his invitation, the President urged leaders to use the Summit as an opportunity to outline how their countries also will contribute to stronger climate ambition.

The Summit will reconvene the U.S.-led Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate, which brings together 17 countries responsible for approximately 80 percent of global emissions and global GDP. The President also invited the heads of other countries that are demonstrating strong climate leadership, are especially vulnerable to climate impacts, or are charting innovative pathways to a net-zero economy. A small number of business and civil society leaders will also participate in the Summit.

Key themes of the Summit will include:

  • Galvanizing efforts by the world’s major economies to reduce emissions during this critical decade to keep a limit to warming of 1.5 degree Celsius within reach. Mobilizing public and private sector finance to drive the net-zero transition and to help vulnerable countries cope with climate impacts.
  • The economic benefits of climate action, with a strong emphasis on job creation, and the importance of ensuring all communities and workers benefit from the transition to a new clean energy economy.
  • Spurring transformational technologies that can help reduce emissions and adapt to climate change, while also creating enormous new economic opportunities and building the industries of the future.
  • Showcasing subnational and non-state actors that are committed to green recovery and an equitable vision for limiting warming to 1.5 degree Celsius, and are working closely with national governments to advance ambition and resilience.
  • Discussing opportunities to strengthen capacity to protect lives and livelihoods from the impacts of climate change, address the global security challenges posed by climate change and the impact on readiness, and address the role of nature-based solutions in achieving net zero by 2050 goals.
  • Further details on the Summit agenda, additional participants, media access, and public viewing will be provided in the coming weeks.

The President invited the following leaders to participate in the Summit:

  • Prime Minister Gaston Browne, Antigua and Barbuda
  • President Alberto Fernandez, Argentina
  • Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Australia
  • Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Bangladesh
  • Prime Minister Lotay Tshering, Bhutan
  • President Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil
  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Canada
  • President Sebastián Piñera, Chile
  • President Xi Jinping, People’s Republic of China
  • President Iván Duque Márquez, Colombia
  • President Félix Tshisekedi, Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, Denmark
  • President Ursula von der Leyen, European Commission
  • President Charles Michel, European Council
  • President Emmanuel Macron, France
  • President Ali Bongo Ondimba, Gabon
  • Chancellor Angela Merkel, Germany
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India
  • President Joko Widodo, Indonesia
  • Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel
  • Prime Minister Mario Draghi, Italy
  • Prime Minister Andrew Holness, Jamaica
  • Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, Japan
  • President Uhuru Kenyatta, Kenya
  • President David Kabua, Republic of the Marshall Islands
  • President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, Mexico
  • Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand
  • President Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria
  • Prime Minister Erna Solberg, Norway
  • President Andrzej Duda, Poland
  • President Moon Jae-in, Republic of Korea
  • President Vladimir Putin, The Russian Federation
  • King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Singapore
  • President Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa, South Africa
  • Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez, Spain
  • President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkey
  • President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, United Arab Emirates
  • Prime Minister Boris Johnson, United Kingdom
  • President Nguyễn Phú Trọng, Vietnam

Day 1 Schedule:

8:00 a.m.–Session 1

Raising Our Climate Ambition

President Biden and Vice President Harris will open the inaugural session of the Summit. This session will underscore the urgent need for the world’s major economies to strengthen their climate ambition by the time of COP 26 to keep the goal of limiting warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius within reach. It will provide an opportunity for leaders to highlight the climate-related challenges their countries face and the efforts they are undertaking, and to announce new steps to strengthen climate ambition.

U.S. Participants:
  • Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken
  • Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry Leaders:
  • United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres
  • Prime Minister Gaston Browne, Antigua and Barbuda
  • President Alberto Fernandez, Argentina
  • Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Australia
  • Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Bangladesh
  • Prime Minister Lotay Tshering, Bhutan
  • President Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil
  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Canada
  • President Sebastián Piñera, Chile
  • President Xi Jinping, People’s Republic of China
  • President Iván Duque Márquez, Colombia
  • President Ursula von der Leyen, European Commission
  • President Emmanuel Macron, France
  • President Ali Bongo Ondimba, Gabon
  • Chancellor Angela Merkel, Germany
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India
  • President Joko Widodo, Indonesia
  • Prime Minister Mario Draghi, Italy
  • Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, Japan
  • President David Kabua, Republic of the Marshall Islands
  • President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, Mexico
  • President Moon Jae-in, Republic of Korea
  • President Vladimir Putin, The Russian Federation
  • King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • President Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa, South Africa
  • President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Turkey
  • Prime Minister Boris Johnson, United Kingdom

11:45 a.m.–Session 2

Investing in Climate Solutions

This session will highlight the urgent need to scale up climate finance; efforts to increase public finance for mitigation and adaptation in developing countries; and efforts to shift trillions of dollars of private investment to finance the transition to net zero by 2050.

U.S. Participants:
  • Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen
  • Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry
  • National Economic Council Director Brian Deese
Leaders:
  • President Félix Tshisekedi, Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • President Charles Michel, European Council
  • Prime Minister Andrew Holness, Jamaica
  • Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand
Speakers:
  • Akinwumi A. Adesina, President, African Development Bank
  • Oliver Bäte, CEO, Allianz
  • Jane Fraser, CEO, Citigroup
  • Kristalina Georgieva, Managing Director, International Monetary Fund
  • Marcie Frost, CEO, CalPERS
  • David Malpass, Group President, World Bank Group
  • Brian Moynihan, Chairman and CEO, Bank of America; Chair, International Business Council; Co-Chair, Sustainable Markets Initiative
Day 1 Featured Speakers:
  • Pope Francis
  • Carolina Schmidt, Environment Minister, Chile; President, 25th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 25)
  • Alok Sharma MP, United Kingdom; President, 26th United Nations United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 26)
  • Xiye Bastida, Fridays for Future

12:45 p.m.–Session 3

(Breakout Sessions, Round 1)

Adaptation and Resilience

This session will highlight the climate adaptation and resilience challenges faced by all countries, especially those most vulnerable to climate impacts, and cutting-edge approaches to strengthening resilience in the face of climate change and climate variability.

U.S. Participants:
  • Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack
  • Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas
Speakers:
  • Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, Attorney-General and Minister for Economy, Public Enterprises, Civil Service, Communications, Fiji
  • Eamon Ryan, Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications and Minister for Transport, Ireland
  • Aziz Rabbah, Minister of Energy, Mines and Environment, Morocco
  • Cora van Nieuwenhuizen, Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management, Netherlands
  • Malik Amin Aslam, Federal Minister of Climate Change, Pakistan
  • João Pedro Matos Fernandes, Minister for the Environment and Climate Action, Portugal
  • Abdullah Subai, Minister of Municipality and Environment, Qatar
  • Jeanne d’Arc Mujawamariya, Minister of Environment, Rwanda
  • Varawut Silpa-archa, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Thailand

Climate Action at All Levels

This session will highlight the critical efforts of subnational and non-state actors (cities, states/regions, and indigenous groups) that are contributing to green recovery and working closely with national governments to advance climate ambition and resilience on the ground.

U.S. Participants:
  • Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael S. Regan
Speakers:
  • Sinéia B. do Vale, Member, Indigenous Council of Roraima, Brazil
  • Mayor LaToya Cantrell, New Orleans
  • Mayor Anne Hidalgo, Paris, France
  • Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, President of the Association for Indigenous Women and Peoples of Chad
  • Governor Yuriko Koike, Tokyo, Japan
  • Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, New Mexico
  • Fawn Sharp, President, National Congress of American Indians
  • Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum, Mexico City, Mexico

2:00 p.m.–Session 3

(Breakout Sessions, Round 2)

Climate Security

This session will highlight the global security challenges posed by climate change, the impact on the military and readiness, and efforts underway to address the threat multipliers to energy, economic, and national security.

U.S. Participants:
  • Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III
  • Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines
  • Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. Representative to the United Nations
Speakers:
  • Ben Wallace MP, Secretary of State for Defense, United Kingdom
  • Kishi Nobuo, Minister of Defense, Japan
  • Monica Juma, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Defense, Kenya
  • Jens Stoltenberg, Secretary General, NATO
  • Carlos G. Dominguez III, Secretary of Finance, The Philippines
  • Jumaah Enad, Minister of Defense, Iraq
  • Margarita Robles Fernández, Minister of Defense, Spain

Nature-based Solutions

This session will highlight the critical role of nature-based solutions in reducing emissions and strengthening climate resilience, including efforts to reduce deforestation and the loss of wetlands, restore marine and terrestrial ecosystems, and promote sustainable agricultural practices.

U.S. Participants:
  • Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland Speakers:
  • Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Canada
  • Andrea Meza, Minister of Environment and Energy, Costa Rica
  • Lee White, Minister of Water, Forests, the Seas, and Environment, Gabon
  • Luhut B. Pandjaitan, Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment, Indonesia
  • Gabriel Quijandría, Minister of the Environment, Peru
  • Flavien P. Joubert, Minister for Agriculture, Climate Change and Environment, Seychelles
  • Tuntiak Katan, General Coordinator, Global Alliance of Territorial Communities
  • Archana Soreng, Member, Youth Advisory Group on Climate to the U.N. Secretary General; Kharia Tribe, Sundergarh, India

The summit continues on April 23.

Biden’s Climate Plan: We’ll Break it Down for You

Posted by Brad Johnson Tue, 13 Apr 2021 17:00:00 GMT

In March, President Joe Biden called on Congress to pass the “American Jobs Plan.” The plan would achieve 100% clean electricity nationwide by 2035. It would invest $100 billion to modernize the grid, $400 billion in incentives for wind and solar and other renewables, $222 billion for electric vehicle research and charging stations, $10 billion in a “Climate Crisis Corps,” and more. It also calls for equity and justice at every step, with investments in underserved communities like removing lead pipes from every single community in America.

Join our webinar to learn more about President Biden’s climate plan! Hear firsthand why the plan is a fantastic first step towards ending the climate crisis. On the webinar, you’ll learn how we can make the plan better and, most importantly, what we need to do to get it passed by Congress THIS YEAR.

Speakers:
  • Leah Stokes of Evergreen Action
  • Ben Beachy of Sierra Club
  • Andres Jimenez of Green 2.0

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American Jobs Plan Overview

Posted by Brad Johnson Wed, 31 Mar 2021 11:31:00 GMT

Table modified by Hill Heat from the Committee for a Responsible Budget from the White House’s Fact Sheet.


  10-Year Estimate
Invest in Transportation Infrastructure $621 billion
Invest in Electric Vehicles (EV), including consumer rebates to purchase EVs, grants and incentives to build 500,000 new charging stations, and replacing and electrifying federal vehicle fleet $174 billion
Modernize bridges, highways, roads, and main streets in critical need of repair $115 billion
Modernize public transit $85 billion
Improve passenger and freight rail service $80 billion
Improve infrastructure resilience by safeguarding critical infrastructure and services, defending vulnerable communities, and maximizing resilience of land and water resources $50 billion
Improve airports $25 billion
Establish dedicated fund for beneficial projects to regional or national economy $25 billion
Improve road safety and establish Safe Streets for All program $20 billion
Establish program to reconnect neighborhoods and ensure new projects increase opportunity $20 billion
Improve ports and waterways $17 billion
Other spending $10 billion
 
Invest in Domestic Manufacturing, Research & Development, and Job Training Initiatives $590 billion
Provide additional funding for domestic manufacturing, investing in capital access programs, supporting modernizing supply chains, and creating a new financing program to support debt and equity investments $52 billion
Provide additional funding to the National Science Foundation $50 billion
Establish Department of Commerce office to monitor domestic industrial capacity and to fund investments in the production of critical goods $50 billion
Provide funding for semiconductor manufacturing and research $50 billion
Provide funding for workforce development infrastructure and worker protection $48 billion
Support clean energy manufacturing with federal procurement $46 billion
Provide funding to upgrade research infrastructure in laboratories $40 billion
Establish Dislocated Workers Program and invest in sector-based training $40 billion
Provide additional funding for climate change research and development $35 billion
Provide funding for community-based small business incubators and innovation hubs $31 billion
Provide additional funding for research and development to spur innovation and job creation $30 billion
Protect against future pandemics through medical countermeasures $30 billion
Establish regional innovation hubs and Community Revitalization Fund $20 billion
Create centers of excellence that serve as research incubators for HBCUs and MSIs $15 billion
Provide additional funding to National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) $14 billion
Provide funding for workforce development in underserved communities $12 billion
Provide funding for research and development at HBCUs and other MSIs $10 billion
Provide funding for enforcement of workforce protections $10 billion
Establish Rural Partnership Program $5 billion
Other manufacturing investments $2 billion
 
Expand Home Care Services and Provide Additional Support for Care Workers $400 billion
Expand access to long-term, home and community-based care services under Medicaid and extend the Money Follows the Person program $400 billion
 
Clean Energy Tax Credits ~$400 billion
 
Improve Housing Stock, Modernize Schools and Child Care Facilities, and Upgrade VA Hospitals and Federal Buildings $328 billion
Build over a million energy efficient housing units and eliminate certain zoning & land use policies $126 billion
Provide direct grants to upgrade and build new public schools, with an additional $50 billion leveraged through bonds $50 billion
Provide funding to improve public housing system $40 billion
Establish Clean Energy & Sustainability Accelerator $27 billion
Establish Child Care Growth and Innovation Fund and provide tax credits to encourage businesses to build child care facilities $25 billion
Incentivize the building or rehabilitation of over 500,000 homes for low- and middle-income homebuyers with a Neighborhood Homes Investment Act (NHIA) tax credit $20 billion
Modernize VA hospitals and clinics $18 billion
Improve community college facilities and technology $12 billion
Modernize federal buildings through bipartisan Federal Capital Revolving Fund $10 billion
 
Invest in Broadband, Electrical Grid, and Clean Drinking Water $311 billion
Purchase 100% carbon-free power for federal buildings.  
Establish an Energy Efficiency and Clean Electricity Standard (EECES) of 100% carbon-free power (including nuclear and hydropower) by 2035  
Provide funding to build high-speed broadband, reduce the cost of broadband internet service, and promote transparency and competition $100 billion
Invest in power infrastructure $100 billion
Upgrade and modernize drinking water supplies through grants and low-cost flexible loans to states, Tribes, territories, and disadvantaged communities $56 billion
Replace all lead pipes and service lines $45 billion
Provide funding to monitor PFAS substances in drinking water and invest in rural small water systems & household well & wastewater systems $10 billion
Plug orphan oil and gas wells and cleaning up abandoned mines $16 billion
Remediate and redevelop Brownfield and Superfund sites $5 billion
Establish the Civilian Climate Corps $10 billion
 
Total ~$2.65 trillion

Energy Expert Catherine Wolfram Joins Treasury Department As Climate Economist

Posted by Brad Johnson Mon, 08 Mar 2021 16:39:00 GMT

Catherine Wolfram, a leading energy economist, has joined the Department of Treasury as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Climate and Energy Economics in the Office of Economic Policy.

Wolfram is a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, who has done real-world research into the outcomes of policies such as rural electrification and weatherization assistance.

In 2019, Wolfram wrote sympathetically about the Green New Deal:
“In general, though, I’m very sympathetic to the idea that the US government needs to do a lot more to address climate change, and the GND’s first steps aren’t totally whacky from an economics perspective. I hope Ocasio-Cortez and others succeed in mobilizing interest and putting climate change back in the political spotlight.”

She received her undergraduate degree from Harvard in 1989 and her Ph.D. in economics from MIT in 1996, and taught at Harvard before joining Berkeley.

From 2009 to 2018, she was the director of Berkeley’s Energy Institute, a utility and non-profit-funded research initiative.

In 2020, she became visiting faculty at Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy, an initiative heavily financed by the oil and gas industry.

Biden's National Climate Task Force Has First Official Meeting, Forms Climate Innovation Working Group

Posted by Brad Johnson Fri, 12 Feb 2021 00:42:00 GMT

The White House National Climate Task Force, formed by a recent executive order, held its first meeting today. The first tweet from National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy’s official account displayed the participants.

Additionally, the White House announced the formation of the Climate Innovation Working Group as part of the Climate Task Force. The working group, co-chaired by the White House Office of Domestic Climate Policy, Office of Science of Technology and Policy, and Office of Management and Budget, will focus on climate technology research, development, and deployment.

According to the White House, the working group’s priorities will be:
  • zero net carbon buildings at zero net cost, including carbon-neutral construction materials;
  • energy storage at one-tenth the cost of today’s alternatives;
  • advanced energy system management tools to plan for and operate a grid powered by zero carbon power plants;
  • very low-cost zero carbon on-road vehicles and transit systems;
  • new, sustainable fuels for aircraft and ships, as well as improvements in broader aircraft and ship efficiency and transportation management;
  • affordable refrigeration, air conditioning, and heat pumps made without refrigerants that warm the planet;
  • carbon-free heat and industrial processes that capture emissions for making steel, concrete, chemicals, and other important industrial products;
  • carbon-free hydrogen at a lower cost than hydrogen made from polluting alternatives;
  • innovative soil management, plant biologies, and agricultural techniques to remove carbon dioxide from the air and store it in the ground;
  • direct air capture systems and retrofits to existing industrial and power plant exhausts to capture carbon dioxide and use it to make alternative products or permanently sequester it deep underground.

As part of that initiative, the Department of Energy announced that $100 million of Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) funds will be directed to the new ARPA-Climate initiative in support of basic research for advanced climate technology.

White House participants in today’s National Climate Task Force meeting:
  • Vice President Kamala Harris
  • John Kerry, United States Special Presidential Envoy for Climate
  • Gina McCarthy, White House National Climate Advisor
  • Ali Zaidi, deputy White House National Climate Advisor
  • Bruce Reed, White House Deputy Chief of Staff
  • David Hayes, special assistant to the president for climate policy
  • Sonia Aggarwal, Senior Advisor to the President for Climate Policy and Innovation
  • Susan Rice, Director of the United States Domestic Policy Council
  • Nicole Budzinski, Chief of Staff at Office of Management and Budget
  • Brian Deese, Director of the National Economic Council
  • Kei Koizumi, Chief of Staff and Acting Director, Office of Science and Technology Policy; during Obama administration was Assistant Director for Federal Research and Development and Senior Advisor to the Director for the National Science and Technology Council at OSTP
  • Cecilia Martinez, senior director for environmental justice, Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ)
  • Mark Chambers, senior director for building emissions, CEQ; formerly director of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s sustainability office
  • Maggie Thomas, Chief of Staff, Office of Domestic Climate Policy
  • Jahi Wise, senior adviser for climate policy and finance in the Office of Domestic Climate Policy https://coalitionforgreencapital.com/cgcs-jahi-wise-heads-to-white-house-domestic-climate-policy-office/
Departmental participants:
  • Pete Buttigieg, Secretary of Transportation
  • Janet Yellen, Secretary of Treasury
  • Kathleen Hicks, Deputy Secretary of Defense
  • Tarak Shah, Chief of Staff, Department of Energy
  • Katelyn Walker Mooney, Policy Advisor, Department of Labor, previously the associate general counsel for House labor committee Chairman Bobby Scott
  • Jenn Jones, Chief of Staff, Housing and Urban Development
  • Robert Bonnie, Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy and Senior Advisor, Climate, Department of Agriculture
Unknown roles:
  • Raj Nayak; was on Biden Department of Labor transition team, and deputy Labor chief of staff during the Obama administration
  • Roque Sanchez; was on Biden DOE transition team, and a former White House climate advisor during the Obama administration
Officially, the members of the Climate Task Force are:
  • National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy
  • Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen
  • Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin
  • Attorney General (Merrick Garland, nominated)
  • Secretary of the Interior (Deb Haaland, nominated)
  • Secretary of Agriculture (Tom Vilsack, nominated)
  • Secretary of Commerce (Gina Raimondo, nominated)
  • Secretary of Education (Miguel Cardona, nominated)
  • Secretary of Labor (Marty Walsh, nominated)
  • Secretary of Health and Human Services (Xavier Becerra, nominated)
  • Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (Marcia Fudge, nominated)
  • Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg
  • Secretary of Energy (Jennifer Granholm, nominated)
  • Secretary of Homeland Security (Alejandro Mayorkas, nominated)
  • Administrator of General Services (no nomination yet)
  • Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality (Brenda Mallory, nominated)
  • Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (Michael Regan, nominated)
  • Director of the Office of Management and Budget (Neera Tanden, nominated)
  • Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (Eric Lander, nominated)
  • Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy Susan Rice
  • Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs Jake Sullivan
  • Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall
  • Assistant to the President for Economic Policy Brian Deese

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