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US launches offshore wind turbine supply chain study

On May 13, 2021, a partnership between the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the State of Maryland, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), began to research the United State’s potential offshore wind turbine supply chain. The study will be carried out by NREL, the Business Network for Offshore Wind, and others. Initial results from will be available in the Fall of 2021. The full report will be released by the end of 2022. The purpose of the project is to put together a Supply Chain Roadmap which will present the collective benefits of a domestic supply chain and to help facilitate the acceleration of the offshore wind industry in […]

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New policy brief outlines solutions to US offshore wind transmission challenges

The Network’s Brief makes recommendations for immediate and long-term strategic actions that policymakers should take to ensure the U.S. offshore wind market deploys 30 GW by 2030 May 12, 2021 Baltimore – The Business Network for Offshore Wind today published its Offshore Wind Policy Brief: Advancements in Coordinated Transmission Approaches. The Briefing provides updates to the Network’s 2020 Transmission White Paper and offers immediate and long-term recommendations for strategic actions that policymakers should take to ensure the U.S.  deploys 30 GW of offshore wind energy capacity by 2030. The Network released this Brief just one day after the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s issued the Record of Decision for Vineyard Wind, the first major offshore wind project in U.S. waters and a historic day for clean energy in […]

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Secretary Haaland approves new Constitution for Cherokee Nation, guaranteeing full citizenship rights for Cherokee Freedmen

5/12/2021 WASHINGTON — Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland today approved a new Constitution for the Cherokee Nation that explicitly ensures the protection of the political rights and citizenship of all Cherokee citizens, including the Cherokee Freedmen. Cherokee law directs that changes to their Constitution be approved by the Department of the Interior. “The Cherokee Nation’s actions have brought this longstanding […]

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Biden-Harris administration approves first major offshore wind project in U.S. waters

Major milestone will propel America’s drive toward a clean energy future May 11, 2021 WASHINGTON — Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland and Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo today announced approval of the construction and operation of the Vineyard Wind project — the first large-scale, offshore wind project in the United States. The Secretaries were joined in the announcement by labor […]

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EPA issues fuel waiver for twelve states and the District of Columbia impacted by Colonial Pipeline Shutdown

May 11, 2021 In response to the shutdown of the Colonial Pipeline, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael Regan issued a second emergency fuel waiver to help alleviate fuel shortages in states whose supply of gasoline has been impacted by the pipeline shutdown. The waiver legally makes it harder for gasoline dealers to hike prices, as they have to justify the hike to the federal government. This second emergency fuel waiver expands on a waiver that EPA issued this morning for the District of Columbia and areas of Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia. The second waiver waives the requirements for low volatility conventional gasoline and Reformulated Gasoline (RFG) for the District of Columbia and areas of Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia, and […]

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Coordinated action by state legislatures hold plastic packaging producers’ responsible backed up federal Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act

May 2, 2021 By Ramona du Houx Federal and state lawmakers in the U.S. are proposing bills to encourage companies into picking up the tab for managing empty packaging they use by charging them for the waste they produce. Such rules could help pay for curbside collection and sorting infrastructure, and spur companies to design packaging that is easier to recycle. “It puts the financial burden of plastic pollution back on the manufacturers who generate it and profit from it,” said Sen. Tom Udall (D., N.M.), who in 2020 introduced a bill that would make companies pay to collect and process waste. Udall left the Senate at the end of 2020. Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Representative Alan Lowenthal (D-CA) […]

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Harvard study shows deadly tool of air pollution from buildings burning gas, biomass and wood

By Ramona du Houx May 5, 2021 Northern states burn substantial gas, biomass and wood to heat buildings. According to a new study, these fuel sources are causing premature deaths in Maine, and across America. New York is the hardest hit. Burning gas, biomass and wood in buildings has more negative health effects than burning coal in many states, says a new study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The peer-reviewed study, published in Environmental Research Letters, is the first to examine the effects of burning different fuels and quantify those impacts in terms of both early deaths and monetary cost in the United States. This study fills an important gap in research by providing an inventory of outdoor health impacts from stationary […]

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Over 1,200 elected officials call on congress to pass President Biden’s American Jobs Plan

Letter calls for clean energy, jobs, justice, and climate action to be at the core of federal economic recovery and infrastructure bill April 21, 2021 Less than three weeks after President Biden announced the American Jobs Plan, state and local officials from across the country are calling on Congress to pass an economic recovery plan centered around clean energy, climate, […]

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Truman National Security Project experts comment on Pres. Biden’s Joint Session of Congress address

On Wednesday evening, President Joe Biden delivered his first address to a joint session of Congress. Truman Project experts on climate change, immigration, cybersecurity, and other national security priorities offered the following analysis of President Biden’s remarks: Alex Cornell du Houx, Political Partner, Climate Change: “Biden means business when talking about climate change. Finally, we have a president who is committed to bold action in combating the climate crisis. Not relying on China to build wind turbines, advanced batteries, and electric cars strengthens our security and highlights the central theme of his agenda – jobs, jobs, jobs. The cost of solar and wind power have dropped 85 and 49 percent in the last decade. Global investment in new fossil fuel power of hundreds of dollars […]

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President Biden’s first 100 days – shows he’s a champion for the environment and “we the people”

April 29, 2021 President Biden has used his first one hundred days in office to deliver on his promises to prioritize jobs, environmental justice, clean energy investments, and climate solutions. His accomplishments will help tackle the climate crisis and accelerate our transition to a just clean energy economy.  President Biden and his Climate Cabinet have achieved the following in the […]

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Remarks by President Biden in Address to a Joint Session of Congress

APRIL 29, 2021 • SPEECHES AND REMARKS U.S. Capitol(April 28, 2021)  **See correction below, marked by an asterisk. 9:06 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.  (Applause.)  Thank you.  Thank you.  Good to be back.  And Mitch and Chuck will understand it’s good to be almost home, down the hall.  Anyway, thank you all. Madam Speaker, Madam Vice President — (applause) — no President […]

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Biden’s 2030 greenhouse gas pollution reduction target to create good-paying union jobs and develop new on clean energy technologies – fact sheet

APRIL 22, 2021 • STATEMENTS AND RELEASES Building on Past U.S. Leadership, including Efforts by States, Cities, Tribes, and Territories, the New Target Aims at 50-52 Percent Reduction in U.S. Greenhouse Gas Pollution from 2005 Levels in 2030 Today, President Biden will announce a new target for the United States to achieve a 50-52 percent reduction from 2005 levels in economy-wide net […]

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Secretary Haaland establishes Climate Task Force, strengthens scientific integrity, ends 12 Trump-era orders

Friday, April 16, 2021  WASHINGTON – Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland today issued two Secretarial Orders to prioritize action on climate change throughout the Department and to restore transparency and integrity in the Department’s decision-making processes.   SO 3399 establishes a Climate Task Force to coordinate work across the Department, including accelerating renewable energy development and identifying actions to foster investments in energy communities. The Order also provides guidance on how science should be […]

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Department of Energy announces $162 Million to decarbonize cars and trucks

April 15, 2021 SuperTruck 3 Will Fund Projects to Electrify Medium- and Heavy-Duty Freight Trucks; Additional Investment Will Boost Vehicle Efficiency, Expand EV Infrastructure WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) on April 15, 2021 unveiled two funding opportunities totaling more than $162 million to improve efficiency and reduce carbon emissions among cars, trucks, and off-road vehicles. The funding […]

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Research finds all new car and truck sales can be electric by 2035, saving households trillions

New national report is first to use latest battery and infrastructure costs, shows with the right policy the U.S. can electrify on-road transportation, which would save households $1,000 every year over the next 30 years, support over 2 million jobs, and aid recovery efforts. April 15, 2021 BERKELEY, CA — All new cars and trucks sold in the United States can be […]

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Over 370 elected officials across the country endorse federal fracking ban and ending new fossil fuel projects

Over 370 elected officials across the country endorse federal fracking ban and ending new fossil fuel projects Washington, D.C.  — In a letter sent to President Biden and Congress on April 13 more than 375 local and state elected officials from across the country called on national leaders to: halt permitting for new fracking and fossil fuel infrastructure projects; revoke […]