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Biden Warns That Climate Change Could Upend Federal Spending Programs

A chapter in the new Economic Report of the President focuses on the growing risks to people and businesses from rising temperatures, and the government’s role in adapting to them. WASHINGTON — The Biden administration warned on Monday that a…

E.P.A. Tells Dozens of States to Clean Up Their Smokestacks

The Biden administration is strengthening the ‘Good Neighbor’ rule, to cut pollution from power plants and factories in the West and Midwest that wafts east. WASHINGTON — The Biden administration on Wednesday finalized a rule forcing factories and power plants…

Biden Administration to Approve Willow Oil Project in Alaska, Officials Say

Biden is also expected to put broad new limits on Arctic drilling in an apparent effort to temper criticism over the $8 billion Willow oil project, which has faced sharp climate opposition. The Biden administration on Monday will formally approve…

Biden Expected to Move Ahead on a Major Oil Project in Alaska

The decision would allow an enormous $8 billion drilling project in the largest expanse of pristine wilderness in the United States. WASHINGTON — In one of the most consequential climate decisions of his administration, President Biden is planning to greenlight…

To Small but Growing Group, This Congressional Backbencher Is a Cult Hero

The self-proclaimed “greenest member” of Congress is a Republican from rural Kentucky. He lives in an off-the-grid home he built himself, using timbers cut and rock quarried from his family cattle farm. He pipes in water from a nearby pond,…

Senator Whitehouse Puts Climate Change on Budget Committee’s Agenda

For more than a decade, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse gave daily warnings about the mounting threat of climate change. Now he has a powerful new perch. WASHINGTON — Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Democrat of Rhode Island, has given 287 speeches on the…

The Promise and Peril of Biden’s Climate Policy

In 2010, at the signing ceremony for the Affordable Care Act, Joe Biden, the vice president at the time, could be overheard telling President Barack Obama that “this is a big something deal.” OK, that’s almost what he said. And…

Wind and Solar Energy Projects Risk Overwhelming America’s Antiquated Electrical Grids   

An explosion in proposed clean energy ventures has overwhelmed the system for connecting new power sources to homes and businesses. Plans to install 3,000 acres of solar panels in Kentucky and Virginia are delayed for years. Wind farms in Minnesota…

U.S. Expected to Nominate New Head of World Bank on Thursday

The Biden administration wants the global development institution to pursue a more ambitious climate agenda. BENGALURU, India — The Biden administration is nearing a decision on who it will nominate to be the next president of the World Bank, a…

Biden E.P.A. Reinstates Mercury Limits Weakened Under Trump

The moves sets the stage for the agency to issue tighter controls on mercury, a neurotoxin emitted by power plants. WASHINGTON — The Biden administration on Friday restored the legal foundation of an Obama-era regulation governing mercury, a pollutant from…

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