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US must tackle marine plastics pollution ‘From source to sea’

The United States is the world’s leading marine plastics polluter and should devise a “national strategy” by the end of next year to address the crisis, according to a new report published Wednesday by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. By Brett Wilkins Common Dreams An estimated 8M metric tons of plastic waste enter […]

December 3rd

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: 57,000 pro-life evangelicals call to protect God’s creation

57,000 pro-life Christians signed the Evangelical Environmental Network’s (EEN) petition calling for the protection of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The Arctic Refuge is a sacred place, and pro-life Christians know that ongoing attempts to open the land to oil and gas drilling is an affront to God’s creation and the Indigenous sovereignty of the […]

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

Dem lawmakers, climate groups urge Biden Admin to support children’s climate suit

Four dozen federal lawmakers and scores of advocacy groups on Thursday sent President Joe Biden and other leaders within his administration letters in support of the yearslong climate case that accuses the U.S. government of violating young Americans’ constitutional rights to life, liberty, and property, and failing to protect essential public trust resources. By Jessica Corbett […]

November 21st

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

5 essential reads on the infrastructure bill: Bridges, bike lanes, EV chargers and more

After months of debate and negotiation, Congress has passed a sweeping measure to upgrade many parts of the nation’s infrastructure. The bill provides US$1.2 trillion in funding, including $550 billion in new federal spending; the rest renews and updates existing transportation programs, such as highway construction. By Jennifer Weeks The Conversation While the bill is […]

November 15th

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

Climate Hawks Vote: The infrastructure bill is good, but it’s NOT a climate bill

Hey folks, I’m going to talk a bit about the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill that passed Friday night, White House spin, and whether it’s a climate bill or not. You can call money for roads “resilience” and sell it as a climate bill, or you can just call it an old fashioned “infrastructure” bill. By RL […]

November 8th

COP26: Markey-Merkley bill would block big banks from throwing money at more fossil fuel projects

As the ongoing COP26 climate summit draws attention to the financial institutions that enable fossil fuel companies to keep wrecking the planet, a pair of progressive U.S. senators on Friday introduced a bill that would force big banks to stop pouring money into the destructive industry. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams The Fossil Free Finance Act, sponsored by […]

November 8th

Evangelicals applaud passage of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Act

EEN applauds the House of Representatives for coming together to pass the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The historic investments in this bill will have immediate impact defending our children’s health, restoring God’s creation, and setting us on the path to a clean energy future fueled by family-sustaining jobs for American workers across all […]

Media Roundup: House passes bipartisan infrastructure bill. Next stop: Joe Biden’s desk

The $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill passed the House of Representatives Friday night. Here’s what’s in the package. By Meteor Blades So the bipartisan infrastructure bill passed the House tonight. In 10 days or so, we'll get to see whether Sen. Manchin is finally willing to be a team player after forcing the halving of […]

November 7th

House passes Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill (but punts on Build Back Better)

The U.S. House on Friday night passed a bipartisan physical infrastructure bill but didn’t bring the Build Back Better Act to the floor—sending just one half of President Joe Biden’s two-pronged economic agenda to the White House, with only a pledge that conservative House Democrats will vote for the party’s broader social infrastructure and climate package […]

November 7th