America is Rising Anew Under the Climate Focused Leadership of President Joe Biden

U.S. President Joe Biden has rejuvenated hopes that the U.S. will once again lead the world in an ambitious bid to tackle climate change. The Biden administration has put climate change at the center of U.S. foreign policy and national security. Biden's climate plan seeks to eliminate emissions from the electricity sector by 2030 and economy-wide by 2050. Biden won the presidential election of 2020 with the most ambitious climate platform in American history. On inauguration day he immediately went to work enacting his bold climate action plan by rejoining the Paris Agreement, halting efforts to pursue drilling on public lands (including the Arctic National...

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Corporate America Opposing GOP Voter Suppression Laws in State Legislatures

Corporate America has come to the realization that it cannot afford to ignore the wave of voter suppression bills in Republican-controlled states. The CEOs of some of the most well-known American brands are speaking out against restrictive new state voter laws that kick people off voter rolls, make voting more difficult, and give more electoral power to Republican legislatures.  The GOP's voter suppression efforts have been compared to the Jim Crow laws that prevented Black people from voting for over a century. They cannot ignore the systemic racism that was stoked by the former president and supported by his party.  The Black Lives...

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Earth Day 2021: Biden’s Climate Summit and Action to Restore Our Earth

On Earth Day President Joe Biden is convening a historic two-day virtual climate summit that heralds the return of the United States to the forefront of the climate fight. On April 20-22, Chinese General Secretary Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin will come together with 38 other world leaders to discuss global efforts to address climate change. The summit will include all 17 leaders of the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate who together are responsible for about 80 percent of global emissions and GDP. It also includes the heads of countries that are especially vulnerable to climate...

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GOP’s Voter Suppression Efforts Underscore the Need for Electoral Reform

In an epic showdown, Democrats are trying to protect democracy from Republican efforts to suppress the vote.  While Republicans are working feverishly to undermine voting rights in state legislatures across the country, Democrats are advancing electoral reforms at the federal level.  The calls for electoral reforms grew louder in the wake of the Republican coup attempt, and the former president's call for an insurrection. The GOP has launched what has been described as the broadest assault on voting rights since the Jim Crow era. According to the Brennan Center for Justice, lawmakers in 43 states have crafted more than 253 bills that...

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China’s Climate Leadership?

Chinese President Xi Jinping has put the development of an "ecological civilization" at the core of his policies and he is calling other nations to embark on a "green revolution" as part of global recovery efforts. China's ambitious climate action plan is at the core of the nation's most recent five-year plan.  President Xi has indicated that China's emissions will peak before 2030 and the nation will be carbon neutral by 2060.  To achieve these goals China will need to massively increase clean energy infrastructure alongside equally massive reductions in the nation's reliance on fossil fuel.  Decarbonization is at the...

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A Review of Biden’s Climate Plan

In his first week as president, Joe Biden's climate plan did more for climate action than his predecessor did in four years. On January 27th U.S. President Biden signed a raft of executive actions. that focus on the interrelated issues of climate change, environmental justice, infrastructure investments, and job creation. These moves build on the executive actions he signed on his first day in office. This includes beginning the process of reversing the environmentally destructive legacy of his predecessor.  At a January 27th press briefing, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said, "President Biden is continuing to follow through on...

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Biden Gets to Work on Climate Action

On Wednesday January 20th America started writing a new chapter in the nation's long and storied history.  On day one new U.S. President Joe Biden began dismantling the failed legacy of his predecessor. Within hours of being inaugurated Biden rejoined the Paris accord, killed the Keystone XL pipeline and ended drilling in the Artic wildlife refuge. Biden undid his predecessors regulatory approval process and instructed the OMB director to develop recommendations to modernize regulatory review. Biden has also taken executive actions designed to depoliticize the Justice Department. Going forward all executive branch appointees must sign an ethics pledge barring them from...

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Taking Stock of Trump’s Dismal Legacy

The presidency of Donald J Trump ended as it began, with dysfunction and narcissistic self-preoccupation. Trump's presidency is a stain that will not wash. His four years in office have been defined by divisiveness, lies, corruption and abject failure. Trump will live in infamy for his insurrection, his complicity in the spread of COVID-19 and his exacerbation of climate change. It was not only that Trump defied all the norms of the executive branch, it is that he systematically tried to dismantle the institutions he was charged to oversee. He may not be remembered for the misogyny in the Access Hollywood...

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Trump Leads an Insurrection after He and the GOP are Rejected in a Historic Election

January 6, 2021, was a momentous day, it is also a day that will live in infamy.  The day started with historic electoral victories and ended with a mob sacking the Capitol of the world's oldest democracy. After a decisive victory in the general election, Georgia voters gave Democrats control of the Senate, then came the insurrection call from the outgoing commander-and-chief.  Early Wednesday morning, it was already clear that Democratic challenger Rev. Raphael Warnock had defeated Republican incumbent Sen. Kelly Loeffler. Later that day, Democrat Jon Ossoff was declared the winner against Republican incumbent David Perdue. These important election...

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American Courts are Defending Democracy and the Environment

Despite unprecedented challenges, America's legal system has held. In recent weeks the courts have repeatedly defended democracy and in the last four years they have overturned a wide range of environmental assaults. The stacking of the Supreme Court with conservative justices did not prevent the highest court in the land from rebuffing baseless accusations of voter fraud. Dozens of lower court rulings have also denied lawsuits designed to overturn election results. Trump and his allies are currently 1 for 59 in their legal efforts to subvert democracy. The Supreme Court denied Texas' petition to invalidate election results in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania,...

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