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“Biden Announces $2 Trillion Climate Plan”

“Joe Biden’s plan connects tackling climate change with the economic recovery from the coronavirus crisis, while also addressing racism. The proposal drew praise from his onetime critics.”

“Joseph R. Biden Jr. announced on Tuesday a new plan to spend $2 trillion over four years to significantly escalate the use of clean energy in the transportation, electricity and building sectors, part of a suite of sweeping proposals designed to create economic opportunities and strengthen infrastructure while also tackling climate change.

In a speech in Wilmington, Del., Mr. Biden built on his plans, released last week, for reviving the economy in the wake of the coronavirus crisis, with a new focus on enhancing the nation’s infrastructure and emphasizing the importance of significantly cutting fossil fuel emissions. As he denounced President Trump’s stewardship of the virus and climate change, he drew criticism from Republicans —  but he also faced a key test from progressives who have long been skeptical of the scope of his climate ambitions.

“These are the most critical investments we can make for the long-term health and vitality of both the American economy and the physical health and safety of the American people,” he said. “When Donald Trump thinks about climate change, the only word he can muster is ‘hoax.’ When I think about climate change, the word I think of is ‘jobs.’””

Katie Glueck and Lisa Friedman report for the New York Times July 14, 2020.


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“Minority Communities Hail Biden’s Plan for Environmental Justice” (Bloomberg Environment)

“Joe Biden Unveils His $2T AOC-Fueled Green New Deal Energy Agenda” (New York Post)

“Biden Outlines $2 Trillion Climate Plan” (NPR)

“Joe Biden Unveils Aggressive $2 Trillion Climate And Jobs Plan” (Guardian)

“Joe Biden Unveils $2 Trillion Green Infrastructure And Jobs Plan” (CNBC)

“Factbox: On Climate, It's Biden's Green Revolution Versus Trump's War On Red Tape” (Reuters)