Energy and Environment – Biden takes more climate action this week

The Department of Agriculture says it will plant more trees while the White House looks at additional measures to mitigate the effects of climate change. Meanwhile, California is ramping up its climate goals.

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Biden announces steps on wildfires and extreme heat

This week, the Biden administration will announce measures aimed at reducing the risk of wildfires and protecting people from extreme heat, according to a White House official.

What do we know? The official said measures that Biden will announce include new resources for communities dealing with extreme heat and new initiatives that expand access to “more affordable, clean energy sources” in an email to The Hill.

What’s Next? The administration will also announce investments through the bipartisan Infrastructure Act to help “eliminate the backlog of reforestation needs” and help communities plan for and mitigate wildfire risks.

Department of Agriculture on Monday he said that Will try to plant more than
billion trees over the next ten years and also tried to eliminate the backlog of reforestation. The White House official said the administration will announce additional steps related to the wildfires this week.

Upcoming actions have been reported by E&E News.

The steps come after the spotlight shifted to the Biden administration on climate action after Senator Joe Manchin (DW.Va) backed away from the Senate climate talks.

Biden last week announced steps related to expanding funding for wind power and offshore heating, adding his administration Additional executive measures will be announced Aiming for climate change “in the coming days”.

  • But many climate advocates called last week’s steps insufficient and are likely to view the latest steps in a similar light.
  • Many progressives have called for Biden to declare a climate change emergency. Last week, Biden said the issue was an “emergency” but stopped short of making an official announcement Unleash additional climate forces.

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The Biden administration announces plans to plant a billion trees

The Biden administration on Monday outlined plans to plant one billion trees as part of efforts to tackle the backlog of large-scale reforestation.

How is that? This effort, led by the Department of Agriculture, will build on existing reforestation efforts using funds from the existing Bipartisan Infrastructure Act and the existing Public Land Reform Through Addition of Necessary Trees (REPLANT).

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said that without these two laws, the department could only have processed about 6 percent of the backlog of reforestation.

  • “Forests are a powerful tool in the fight against climate change,” Vilsack said in a statement. “Nurturing natural regeneration and planting in areas of greatest need is critical to mitigating the worst effects of climate change while making these forests more resilient to threats they face from catastrophic wildfires, historical drought, disease outbreaks and pest infestations.”
  • “Our reforestation efforts in national forests are only increased through strong partnerships with other federal agencies, tribes, state and local governments, communities and organizations,” added Randy Moore, president of the US Forest Service. “We recognize that success in increasing reforestation in national forests depends on these strong partnerships.”

This year the Forest Service significantly expanded reforestation funds, allocating about $100 million to such efforts this year, at a time when unprecedented wildfires remain an imminent threat.

The announcement is the latest in a number of forestry-related moves by the federal government.

In April, President Biden signed an executive order aimed at protecting old-growth forests. In August, before Biden took office, the United States formally signed off on an effort to plant one trillion trees worldwide, with the goal of achieving at least 855 million trees in the United States by 2030.

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California raises climate targets, faces wildfires

A burgeoning fire near Yosemite National Park forced the evacuation of thousands of residents over the weekend, prompting California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) to declare a state of emergency just a day after announcing a set of ambitious new climate goals.

Newsom Issued a state of emergency for Mariposa County Saturday due to the effects of the Oak Fire, which his office said destroyed homes, threatened critical infrastructure and led to the evacuation of 3,000 residents.

  • At the time of the announcement, the fire had burned more than 11,500 acres – a number that had grown to 16,791 acres by Monday morning, to me Cal Fire. The fire was 10 percent contained on Monday.
  • Newsom’s emergency declaration came less than a day after he made it New launched statewide clive targets Renewable energy, clean buildings, decarbonization and clean fuels.

the details: As part of the new goals, the governor called on the state to ensure that the 2022 Climate Change Scope Plan provides the tools to achieve California’s 2030 climate goals, as well as the state’s carbon neutrality, no later than 2045, In a letter sent to the president of the California Air Resources Board.

In the January state budget proposal, Newsom It allocated 22.5 billion dollars To face the climate crisis over the next five years. In May, see the number to Add another $9.5 billion.

However, the governor announced Friday night that he will accelerate the state’s clean energy goals while working with the legislature “to enshrine carbon neutrality in state law,” according to his office.

  • Among the new goals proposed in his letter to the California Air Resources Board was the goal of producing at least 20 gigawatts of offshore wind power by 2045.

Read more from The Hill’s Sharon Udasin.

what we read

  • Clients working with the Florida facility mapped out the primary challenge for the Miami senator (Orlando Sentinel and Floodlight)
  • A daring PR conspiracy that sowed suspicion about climate changeBBC)
  • Colonial pipeline leakage 30 times larger than previously thought (WRAL)
  • Middle Eastern countries are waking up to the damage caused by climate changeAssociated Press)

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