Is the Biden administration serious about climate change?
Lessons from Germany..
Moments after the Fern Hollow bridge collapsed in Pittsburgh, President Biden was set to deliver a speech promoting the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill passed with bipartisan support and signed into law in November 2021. And while the bridge collapse highlighted the justification of a national infrastructure response, there has been significant pushback in the U.S. Senate for the other vitally important White House initiative - Build Back Better.
The framework for that legislation has 4 broad categories, one of which was combating climate change. It is beyond me why climate change is in the same bill as child care, affordable housing, immigration reform and many other initiatives. However our government chooses to address climate change, it is clear that increasing clean energy must accompany reducing energy reliance on fossil fuels, including coal. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, in 2020 roughly 4 billion kWh of electricity were generated from a variety of sources, with 60% from fossil fuels and renewable energy and coal each accounting for ~20% each. It is important to note that a key dissenting vote (to date) for Build Back Better has been from West Virginia Senator Manchin (D), whose state is the second-largest coal producer in the country.
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