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November 12, 2020

Biden Doesn't Need Congress to Step Up the Fight Against Climate Change

Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions
Biden Doesn't Need Congress to Step Up the Fight Against Climate Change

President-elect Joe Biden's administration can help the economy go green without ever involving Congress, writes CBS News. Biden's toolkit as head of state includes executive orders, rule-making at federal agencies, authority over trade and foreign policy, and the U.S. government's massive purchasing power.

The Climate 21 Project, released this week, details ways to put climate goals at the center of the government's operations, rather than consigning them to one or two agencies. The report's more than 300 recommendations run the gamut from re-hiring science experts who have left the government under the current administration to using rural development grants to pay farmers and foresters for sequestering carbon.