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Today we look at President Biden Joe BidenSpotlight will reach out to McCarthy of GOP on January 6th. The House Democrats’ proposal for climate research and more in the Reconciliation Act and the move to postpone this year’s UN climate conference because of the pandemic.
President drives agenda during disaster tour
The White House asked Congress for billions in disaster relief Tuesday when President Biden visited communities in New Jersey and New York that were recently devastated by a hurricane.
Biden said the damage caused by Hurricane Ida mirrors the new Reality of climate change, which he described as an existential threat to US communities and the economy. The trip was his second in less than a week to a hurricane-ravaged area, and Biden used the visit to refocus on his economic agenda of rebuilding infrastructure and tackling climate change.
“People are starting realizing that this is way, much bigger than anyone would want to believe, “said Biden in Queens, New York, after visiting a Hurricane Ida-hit neighborhood last week. “I think we’ve all seen, even the climate skeptics see, that this is really important.”
Biden called for “bold action” to combat climate change in the form of his Build Back Better agenda.
So, where did he go Biden toured the Queens and Manville, New Jersey flood damage system.
Biden met with families whose homes were destroyed by floods and noxious winds, offered condolences and expressed relief that residents were evacuated on time .
And he wants the help of Congress: Government officials also asked Congress Tuesday for an estimated $ 24 billion in emergency aid to cope with natural disasters and extreme weather events. Officials said that while the full extent of the damage caused by Ida is not currently known, they expect more than $ 10 billion to be needed for post-single hurricane recovery alone, while previous storms and extreme weather will cost $ 14 billion. Dollars in emergency aid required.
Plus! Biden talks about COP26: Biden confirmed on Tuesday that he plans to go to a major United Nations climate change conference in Glasgow, Scotland, saying that both the US and the rest of the world need to take climate action.
“I’m going … from here to Glasgow, Scotland, for the [Conference of the Parties] COP meeting, where all the nations of the world come together and decide what we are going to do about climate change. “Said Biden as he spoke in New York after Hurricane Ida.
He said that the Special Envoy for Climate, John Kerry, John Kerry, will affect Biden’s Afghanistan debacle on the return of Artemis to NASA Moon affect? Afghan interpreter who helped save Biden: “If they find me, they will kill me” Kerry says the world cannot solve the climate crisis without China’s commitment. Engagement MORE will lead efforts at the international conference in November.
“We are determined to tackle climate change and have … zero net emissions by 2050,” he said. “We’ll be able to do these things, but we have to move … and we have to move the rest of the world.
Read more about his trip to NJ / NY and his comments on the climate change conference here.
House Democrats on a major Congressional body hope to raise at least $ 2.6 billion in government funding for federal weather and climate change research.
Efforts are coming from Democratic members of the Science Committee, Space and Technology of the House of Representatives to advance the panel’s $ 45.5 billion share of the $ 3.5 trillion Democratic Reconciliation Act, which contains some of President Biden’s top legislative priorities.
The by Actions proposed to Democrats on the committee would allocate $ 1.2 billion to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) programs, e.g. ch will allocate an additional $ 765 million to NOAA research on climate adaptation and resilience.
At the Environmental Protection Agency, the proposal would allocate $ 264 million for climate-related research and development, and at NASA, 388 Millions of dollars allocated for similar programs.
What’s in it? Other provisions in the committee’s bill would allocate approximately $ 1.2 billion to promote nuclear fusion. In addition, US $ 1.1 billion would be allocated for demonstration projects in wind, solar, geothermal and hydropower, as well as automotive, bioenergy and building technologies.
And US $ 80 million would be allocated for grants that Firefighters would help get access to supplies free of a class of toxic chemicals called PFAS, which are found in many extinguishing foams.
A coalition of more than 1,500 environmental groups from 130 countries is calling for the upcoming climate change summit United Nations (UN) on the rise in COVID-19 cases.
The Climate Action Network argued Tuesday that the continuation of plans for the COP26 summit would increase the opportunity for government officials and journalists from developing countries encounter travel restrictions to combat the spread of the coronavirus.
A Link to the Climate COVID-19: Many of the Nations Affected The Climate Action Network found that the countries that are already disproportionately affected by climate change are.
“Our concern is that the countries hardest hit by the climate crisis and the countries that are under the lack of support from the “Rich nations suffer from vaccine delivery, are left out of talks and stand out in their absence at COP26,” said Tasneem Essop, the executive director, said in a statement. “There has always been an inherent power imbalance in the UN climate talks, which is now being exacerbated by the health crisis.” The White House is under increasing pressure to nominate a new energy regulator weeks after it was able to.
President Biden has been able to appoint a member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) as the former commissioner since June Neil ChatterjeeNeil ChatterjeeAdvocates White House For Energy Regulator Nomination Urges Gas Practices Term Expired by MORE (R); However, he has yet to nominate a candidate for the five-person commission responsible for intergovernmental power transmission and natural gas infrastructure such as pipelines.
“We really cannot express enough the urgency to get a fifth commissioner. There are so many important decisions ahead of FERC and we really want to see a full complement, ”said Amy Andryszak, President and CEO of the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America – a trading group that represents pipeline companies.
But others argue for that Climate: Rep. Sean CastenSean CastenAdvocates urge White House to nominate energy regulator Overnight Equilibrium / Sustainability – Presented by Schneider Electric – Deadly Ida floods attack southeastern US US Democrat infects “hot FERC summer”, sings to “FERCalicious” on House Floor MORE (D-Ill.) Also stressed the importance of quickly appointing a FERC commissioner, arguing that this should have been done before Chatterjee, who had served on a grace period, ended August resigned.
“It is really, really, really important that you nominate someone to the FERC one month before Mr. Chatterjee resigns n, so we can have a functioning FERC, ”he told The Hill. “We missed that window.”
“As long as we have at least two senators who believe that keeping the filibuster is more important than acting on the climate is the only real agency that can make a difference to find out how we can clean up our electrical sector … the only agency that will really be able to do even a fraction of what it takes FERC, “he said.
And everyone wants something: Some environmentalists see this as an opportunity for the White House to put a climate champion on the commission.
Jean Su, program director for energy justice at the Center for Biodiversity, said she was looking for a commissioner who “pipelines don’t.” stamped “.
At least 350 oil and chemical spills were reported in Louisiana’s waters after Hurricane Ida, reports nola.com
In Australia, Rupert Murdoch’s newspapers, 24-hour news broadcaster, to sign up for net -Using zero emissions, reports the Sydney Morning Herald
A climate solution lies deep under the ocean – but access to it could result in enormous environmental costs, reports TIME
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