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Ecoright climate news for the week of December 3

Hello, readers and welcome back! I hope you survived climate conversations over Thanksgiving dinner and that your pies came out better than mine. If you bookmarked the caramel apple pie recipe Wen sent after voting in our poll, just cross it off your to bake list. ⭐/⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐. Do not recommend. Chelsea Henderson EcoRight News/ RepublicEN I do recommend […]

December 3rd

The average person’s daily choices can still make a big difference in fighting climate change – and getting governments and utilities to tackle it, too

The average American’s everyday interactions with energy sources are limited. They range from turning appliances on or off, to commuting, to paying utility bills. The connections between those acts and rising global temperatures may seem distant. However, individuals hold many keys to unlocking solutions to climate change – the biggest challenge our species currently faces […]

November 27th

New mayor Michelle Wu divests Boston funds from fossil fuels

In her first major policy action, Boston Michelle Wu signed an ordinance on Monday to divest public funds from fossil fuels. The measure prohibits public investment in any financial instrument deriving more than 15% of its revenue from fossil fuels, as well as from tobacco products or jail or prison facilities. By Nexus Media News […]

November 26th

Americans support climate change policies, especially those that give them incentives and clean up the energy supply

As the Biden administration tries to build support for new climate and energy policies, a set of studies offers some insights that could help them appeal to the widest audience. By Janet K. Swim, Penn State and Nathaniel Geiger, Indiana University The Conversation We are social scientists who examine how people think about climate change […]

November 23rd

Climate Brief: EPA employees union joins call to declare a climate emergency

At least 38 countries have officially declared climate emergencies. And since last December, many activists have called upon President Biden to do the same in hopes this will provide the White House with means to address the situation in ways that Republicans and a few Democratic enablers in Congress absolutely refuse to do. By Meteor Blades At COP26 […]

November 23rd

Portugal becomes Europe’s 4th country to quit coal

Environmentalists on Monday hailed the shutdown of Portugal’s last coal-fired power plant—a move that came nearly nine years ahead of the government’s 2030 target—while warning against converting the facility to run on unsustainable biofuel. By Brett Wilkins Common Dreams Reuters reports the Pego power plant in Abrantes, which was responsible for 4% of Portugal’s carbon emissions, exhausted its coal stock […]

November 23rd

Infrastructure law’s digital equity goals are key to smart cities that work for everyone

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act signed into law by President Joe Biden on Nov. 15, 2021, differs from past infrastructure investments not only in its size but also its emphasis on addressing long-standing and persistent racial injustice. This major investment comes at a time when smart-city initiatives, which aim to use technology to make […]

November 22nd

Dems deserve bragging rights for House passage of Build Back Better

Anybody who follows my views about the Build Back Better bill knows I am ecstatic about its passage in the House even though it is less than a third as big as it started out just a few months ago. We now get to spend a few weeks wondering if Sen. Joe Manchin and Sen. Kyrsten Synema will get […]

November 22nd

What’s in the Build Back Better Act? An amazing slate of climate action and clean energy

After months of negotiations, the House of Representatives (finally!) passed the Build Back Better Act despite opposition from every single Republican member. Next up: on to the Senate and President Biden’s desk — more on that below. By Morissa Zuckerman Sierra Club It’s hard to overstate the significance of this bill. If passed and implemented, […]

November 20th

Climate Action: House Democrats pass Build Back Better Act with zero GOP votes

Democrats broke out into applause and celebratory chants on the House floor Friday after the chamber passed its version of the Build Back Better Act, a $1.75 trillion package that includes hundreds of billions in funding for climate action, child care, housing, and other longstanding priorities.   By Jake Johnson Common Dreams The legislation’s passage came […]

November 19th

Large majority of voters support Build Back Better and its climate action provisions

A substantial majority of voters support the Build Back Better Act in its current form and strongly support its provisions, a new poll released yesterday by Data For Progress and Invest in America finds. 64% of voters, including 87% of Democrats, 63% of Independents, and 42% of Republicans, support the Build Back Better Act. By Data […]

November 19th

Build Back Better: House set to vote this morning after GOP delay

Progressive U.S. lawmakers are looking forward to an imminent vote on President Joe Biden’s flagship Build Back Better reconciliation bill this morning after the Congressional Budget Office released its estimates for the sweeping package—an analysis that a few conservative Democrats demanded before they would support the legislation. This comes after a lengthy speech by GOP […]

November 19th

Earth Matters: COP26 roundup; new U.S. drilling leases ignore climate summit warnings; resurrecting Diablo Canyon

The final declaration of the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow will move the world inches forward in combatting the climate crisis when we need to move miles. By Meteor Blades Not that the summit has been without strong warnings about the impacts of inadequate action. Those have come from U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, from leaders ranging […]

November 17th

CCL: Summary of climate and clean energy provisions in the 2021 Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill

Compiled from the larger BGOV Bill Summary: Infrastructure Deal Amendment to H.R. 3684 by Michael Smallberg, Christina Banoub, Naoreen Chowdhury and Brittney Washington | August 2, 2021 By Citizens’ Climate Lobby CLIMATE CHANGE & ALTERNATIVE VEHICLES Resilience: The bill would set aside $7.3 billion from the main federal-aid highway allocation and authorize an additional $1.4 […]

November 15th

EcoRight climate news for the week of November 12

Hello and happy belated Veterans Day to those who served. Chelsea Henderson EcoRight News/ RepublicEN Update from COP-26: Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski was the lone Republican to join the Senate delegation to the COP led by Delaware Senator Chris Coons, best known for co-founding the Senate Climate Solutions Caucus with Senator Mike Braun. At a panel event on clean energy innovation hosted by […]

November 12th