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A Look At The Future Of Biden's Climate Change Policies

Wed, 2021/01/27 - 2:14pm

President Biden has made climate change a focus of his first week in office. But it could take years before many of the executive actions he's highlighted to tackle the issue have a noticeable impact.

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Biden Climate Adviser On Ending Drilling On Federal Land

Wed, 2021/01/27 - 2:14pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Gina McCarthy, climate adviser to the White House, about several executive actions to end oil and gas drilling on federal land that President Biden is signing.

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Energy Nominee Jennifer Granholm Stresses Climate Action And Jobs

Wed, 2021/01/27 - 11:49am

Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm says "good-paying jobs" can help zero out U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. But some Republicans are skeptical they can help fossil fuel workers.

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Biden Hits 'Pause' On Oil And Gas Leasing On Public Lands And Waters

Wed, 2021/01/27 - 7:02am

The move is one of his more controversial campaign promises, and industry groups say they will sue. But it won't have much immediate impact on driving down climate-warming emissions.

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Biden Administration Turns Its Attention To Climate Crisis

Wed, 2021/01/27 - 6:48am

President Biden is expected to sign on Wednesday an order pausing oil and gas drilling on federal land. It's one of several climate-focused executive actions he will make official.

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What's Next For The U.S. After Rejoining The Paris Climate Agreement

Sun, 2021/01/24 - 5:58am

The U.S. is rejoining the world's largest effort to address climate change: the 2015 Paris climate agreement. Climate change is one of the Biden administration's top priorities.

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Canadian Officials React To Biden Revoking Keystone XL Permit

Fri, 2021/01/22 - 1:45pm

Canadian officials say they're disappointed that President Biden revoked the Keystone XL Pipeline permit — but they're also looking forward to working with the new administration on climate change.

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How Biden Administration Plans To Navigate Challenging Topic Of Climate Change

Fri, 2021/01/22 - 1:45pm

Addressing climate change is one of the Biden administration's top priorities. NPR looks at President Biden's pledge to stop new oil and gas leasing on public lands and the challenges he might face.

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U.N. Treaty Banning Nuclear Weapons Takes Effect, Without The U.S. And Other Powers

Fri, 2021/01/22 - 9:14am

"For the first time in history, nuclear weapons are going to be illegal in international law," says Elayne Whyte, who oversaw the treaty's creation.

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Americans Are Moving To Escape Climate Impacts. Towns Expect More To Come

Fri, 2021/01/22 - 3:00am

Nashua, N.H., expects to be a destination for people migrating away from the coasts and toward lower temperatures. Officials say a pandemic influx has shown the need to plan for that growth.

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Biden's Cancellation Of Permit For Keystone XL Pipeline Faces Mixed Reactions

Thu, 2021/01/21 - 2:17pm

President Biden's plan to cancel the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline is welcome news to Native American governments and activists in Montana — but disappointing to many elected officials.

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Pandemic Drastically Cut Emissions From Cars. The Lone Exception? SUVs

Wed, 2021/01/20 - 5:00pm

In rich countries, every sector of the economy reduced its contribution to climate change last year — with one big gas-guzzling exception.

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Toxic Pesticide Faces New Scrutiny From Biden Administration

Wed, 2021/01/20 - 4:32pm

President Biden's wave of executive actions includes an order to reexamine one controversial, but widely used, pesticide called chlorpyrifos. The Trump administration kept it on the market.

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Biden Moves To Have U.S. Rejoin Climate Accord

Wed, 2021/01/20 - 3:42pm

President Biden signed an executive order to have the country reenter the Paris Climate Agreement, less than four months after formally withdrawing.

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Biden To Move Quickly On Climate Change, Reversing Trump Rollbacks

Wed, 2021/01/20 - 3:04pm

President Biden has set his sights on more than 100 Trump administration environmental rollbacks as well as plans to rejoin the international climate accord.

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Massachusetts Voters Share Their Hopes For New Administration

Wed, 2021/01/20 - 2:30pm

Some Massachusetts voters hope that the Biden administration will do better on protecting the environment and managing the pandemic. But some say they fear President Biden may be too moderate.

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Biden Order Blocks Keystone XL Pipeline

Wed, 2021/01/20 - 11:45am

This likely means the end of the $8 billion pipeline, a years-long project that would have carried oil sands crude from Alberta, Canada, to the American Gulf Coast.

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Biden's Plan To Undo Trump's Last-Minute Deregulatory Spree & Enact A Climate Agenda

Wed, 2021/01/20 - 11:38am

Trump called climate change a hoax. Biden calls it an existential threat. Washington Post journalist Juliet Eilperin talks about how Biden might reverse some of his predecessor's policies.

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Climate Change Concerns Prompt Americans To Consider Relocating

Wed, 2021/01/20 - 3:04am

As climate impacts worsen, some people are moving to other parts of the country that they hope won't suffer as much. Town planners in New Hampshire are already preparing for a possible influx.

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Union Pushing Keystone XL Faces Racial Discrimination Suit

Tue, 2021/01/19 - 5:17pm

Pipeliners Local 798, which represents thousands of workers on projects across the country, has a history of racism and faces new allegations it discriminated against Black members.

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