Daily on Energy, Presented by Citizens' Climate Lobby: Yes, the bipartisan infrastructure framework includes climate provisions
Subscribe today to the Washington Examiner magazine and get Washington Briefing: politics and policy stories that will keep you up to date with what's going on in Washington. SUBSCRIBE NOW: Just $1.00 an issue! © Provided by Washington Examiner DOE Header 2020 CLIMATE IN BIPARTISAN INFRASTRUCTURE FRAMEWORK: Liberal senators and activists are encouraging the Biden administration and Democrats to abandon bipartisan infrastructure talks picking up steam because they argue the framework in question does next to nothing to address climate change.
HAPPY THURSDAY! Welcome to Overnight Energy, your source for the day's energy and environment news. Please send tips and comments to Rachel Frazin at [email protected] . Follow her on Twitter: @RachelFrazin . Reach Zack Budryk at [email protected] or follow him at @BudrykZack . © YouTube OVERNIGHT ENERGY: EPA announces new clean air advisors after firing Trump appointees | Senate confirms Biden pick for No. 2 role at Interior | Watchdog: Bureau of Land Management saw messaging failures, understaffing during pandemic
Today we're looking at the EPA's reconstituted Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee, confirmations of Interior and NOAA officials and a report on the pandemic's impacts on the Bureau of Land Management.
Daily on Energy: Manchin makes his pitch
Subscribe today to the Washington Examiner magazine and get Washington Briefing: politics and policy stories that will keep you up to date with what's going on in Washington. SUBSCRIBE NOW: Just $1.00 an issue! © Provided by Washington Examiner DOE Header 2020 THE MANCHIN PITCH: Sen. Joe Manchin, the key Democratic swing (or king?) voter, is making his pitch to get his energy priorities into the bipartisan infrastructure package that seems to be gaining steam by the hour.
AFTER THE CASAC SACKINGS (CASACKINGS?): EPA announces new clean air advisors after firing Trump appointees
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced new members of a clean air advisory group after taking the unusual step of dismissing the panel's prior members, who were appointed under the Trump administration.
In a statement, the agency announced the seven members of the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC), which provides independent advice on technical aspects of air quality standards.
Guess who's back, back again. Two of the members are Trump appointees who returned to the committee after being dismissed by Administrator Michael Regan earlier this year.
James Boylan works in air protection at the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. Mark Frampton is a professor emeritus in pulmonary and critical care at the University of Rochester Medical Center.
OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Haaland reportedly recommends full restoration of monuments Trump altered | EPA to reinstate air pollution panel disbanded under Trump | State appeals court upholds approval of Minnesota pipeline
It's Monday! Welcome to Overnight Energy, your source for the day's energy and environment news. Please send tips and comments to Rachel Frazin at [email protected] Follow her on Twitter: @RachelFrazin. Reach Zack Budryk at [email protected] or follow him at @BudrykZack. Today we're looking at Deb Haaland's long-awaited recommendation on two national monuments, a reversal on an EPA air pollution panel and an appeals court ruling on a controversial pipeline.
Some backstory: Other Trump administration committee picks came under scrutiny for industry ties.
Read more about the reconstituted panel here.
FIRMLY CONFIRMED: Senate confirms Interior No. 2, NOAA administrator
Like a pencil, he's No. 2: The Senate confirmed President Biden's pick for the No. 2 role at the Interior Department on Thursday with broad bipartisan support, but opposition from one progressive and a handful of Republicans.
Senators voted 88-9 to confirm Tommy Beaudreau as deputy Interior Secretary, with eight Republicans and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) opposing the nomination.
The progressive didn't want the nomination to progress...Sanders's office told The Hill that the senator voted against Beaudreau because of his ties to oil companies.
Beaudreau has come under criticism from progressive groups for working with companies like French oil giant Total.
Rebuilding EPA through its climate programs
President Biden’s EPA budget request for fiscal 2022 takes a huge step toward meeting the challenges associated with protecting the nation's air, land and water.The administration has requested a $2 billion increase in EPA's budget, with 90 percent of the proposed increase - $1.8 billion - going to climate work, which EPA astutely defines expansively. The budget also directs half of the benefits of new climate spending to flow to disadvantaged low-income and indigenous communities, as well as communities of color, all of which have long bore the heaviest burdens from environmental pollution.
President Biden nominated Beaudreau after pulling back his previous nominee, Elizabeth Klein, amid reported opposition from Senate moderates.
I NOAA guy: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on Thursday got a Senate-confirmed leader for the first time since 2017.
The Senate approved Richard Spinrad's nomination to lead the oceans and weather agency by a voice vote, signaling that his nomination was noncontroversial.
In addition to leading NOAA, Spinrad will also serve as the Commerce Department's undersecretary for oceans and atmosphere.
Read more about Beaudreau's confirmation here and Spinrad's confirmation here.
MANAGING IT: Watchdog: Bureau of Land Management saw messaging failures, understaffing during pandemic
Keeping the majority of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) sites open during the coronavirus pandemic in 2020 resulted in "harmful consequences" including vandalism and damages to restrooms, according to a report issued this week by an Interior Department watchdog.
Faced with the Trump administration's insistence that most BLM sites remain open, state and field offices said officials at the bureau's headquarters were slow to provide full guidance, and that public messaging about the coronavirus pandemic was also frequently delayed.
Overnight Energy: Company officially nixes Keystone XL pipeline | Government watchdog finds failings, but no Trump influence, in clearing of Lafayette Square
IT IS WEDNESDAY, MY DUDES. Welcome to Overnight Energy, your source for the day's energy and environment news.Please send tips and comments to Rachel Frazin at [email protected] . Follow her on Twitter: @RachelFrazin . Reach Zack Budryk at [email protected] or follow Today we're looking at the official termination of the Keystone XL pipeline, friction after a top White House adviser suggested climate aspects could be removed from an infrastructure package and an OIG report on the clearing of protesters from Lafayette Square.
"For instance, one State office employee noted that guidance from BLM headquarters or the U.S. Department of the Interior was usually received after State-developed guidance was available," the report stated. "This employee also commented that the State office created its own guidance instead of waiting for direction from BLM headquarters or the Department."
Read more about the report here.
QUOTE OF NOTE: Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Sheldon Whithouse (D-R.I.) team up to warn about foreign fossil fuels
"Corruption, autocracy, and terrorism are a persistent threat to nations that stand on the rule of law, and America has long been the exemplar of the rule-of-law nation," they wrote in a piece published in TIME. "A world in which oil and gas money has less power is a world that will likely have less corruption, autocracy, and terror. That world will be a safer world for America."
Read more about what they had to say here.
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WHAT WE'RE READING:
Pebble: Appeals Court revives case challenging EPA's removal of watershed protection, Alaska Public Media reports
Overnight Energy: Biden seeks to reassert US climate leadership | President to 'repeal or replace' Trump decision removing protections for Tongass | Administration proposes its first offshore wind lease sale
TGIF! Welcome to Overnight Energy, your source for the day's energy and environment news. Please send tips and comments to Rachel Frazin at [email protected] Follow her on Twitter: @RachelFrazin. Reach Zack Budryk at [email protected] or follow him at @BudrykZack. Today we're looking at Biden's climate agenda in Europe, a new White House decision on protections for the Tongass National Forest and the administration's first proposedToday we're looking at Biden's climate agenda in Europe, a new White House decision on protections for the Tongass National Forest and the administration's first proposed offshore wind lease.
Three Hurricanes. A Deep Freeze. A Biblical Flood: Lake Charles Is America's Climate Future, BuzzFeed News reports
NASA says Earth is now trapping an 'unprecedented' amount of heat, The Washington Post reports
States' feud delivers Supreme Court's first groundwater test, E&E News reports
Pelosi says she would not be open to gas tax expansion, Reuters reports
ICYMI: Stories from Thursday (and Wednesday night)...
Graham, Whitehouse: Global transition to renewables would help national security
NOAA gets first Senate-confirmed administrator since 2017
EPA announces new clean air advisors after firing Trump appointees
Watchdog: Bureau of Land Management saw messaging failures, understaffing during pandemic
Gucci unveils animal-free leather alternative
Environmental groups urge congressional leaders to leave climate provisions in infrastructure package
Senate confirms Biden pick for No. 2 role at Interior
Family of woman decapitated by gate in Utah sues Park Service, claiming negligence
337K affected by power outage in Puerto Rico
'Dangerous' and 'record-breaking' heat wave affects 50 million Americans
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Biden and his aviators greet queen on a sunny afternoon .
WINDSOR, England (AP) — President Joe Biden and his aviator sunglasses met Queen Elizabeth II on bright Sunday afternoon. The queen hosted the president and first lady Jill Biden at Windsor Castle, her royal residence near London. Biden flew to London after wrapping up his participation in a three-day summit of leaders of the world's wealthy democracies in Cornwall, in southwestern England. He arrived at the castle aboard the presidential helicopter and was ferried to the queen in a black Range Rover.