October 27, 2021

Biden’s Reconciliation Bill Is Expected to Include $500 Billion for Climate Provisions

The White House is privately telling lawmakers the climate portion of President Biden’s roughly $2 trillion social spending plan is “mostly settled” and will likely cost more than $500 billion, Axios reports. The $500 billion price tag is a huge number and, if it holds, would likely be the single biggest component of the sweeping package. The previous $3.5 trillion package contained $600 billion for climate efforts.

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October 26, 2021

Catholic Bishops in the US Largely Ignore the Pope’s Concern About Climate Change, a New Study Finds

In the six years since Pope Francis published his landmark teaching document on the environment, or “care for our common home,” the leader of the global Catholic Church has only strengthened his call for action to curb climate change. But Catholic bishops in the U.S. have remained mostly silent on the matter, a new study says, partially because of their political alignment.

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Australia Pledges ‘Net Zero’ Emissions by 2050. Its Plan Makes That Hard to Believe

After months of debate and delay, the Australian government on Tuesday promised to reach “net zero” emissions by 2050, unveiling a plan built on hope and investment in low-emissions technologies, the New York Times reports. But Australia remains resistant to wean itself from coal and gas, and the country’s new plan doesn’t include tougher emissions reduction targets for the next decade.

The New York Times

October 25, 2021

The World is ‘Way Off Track’ the Goal to Limit Global Greenhouse Gas Concentrations, UN Warns

The world is “way off track” for limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius from pre-industrial levels, the World Meteorological Organization warned in a new report, as greenhouse gas concentrations hit a new record high in 2020. Global carbon dioxide levels surged to 413.2 parts per million last year, setting the world on course to blow far past the 2015 Paris Agreement’s target, the agency said.

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Plagued by Daily Blackouts, Puerto Ricans Are Calling for an Energy Revolution. Will the Biden Administration Listen?

“An across-the-board failure of the Biden administration.” Facing daily blackouts, Puerto Ricans are again calling on local and federal leaders to transition the U.S. territory to clean energy, four years after Hurricane Maria all but decimated the island’s electrical grid. As a record amount of federal aid begins to flow to the island, energy experts are asking why it’s mostly paying for new natural gas infrastructure.

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Total Accused of Campaign to Play Down Climate Risk From Fossil Fuels

In what appears to be a recurring pattern for the industry, new research shows that France-based TotalEnergies knew its products were linked to global warming but it worked to downplay those risks for decades. The research, published by three historians in the peer-reviewed Global Environmental Change journal, outlines alleged efforts by Total to cast doubt on climate science in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.

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