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9 Things the Biden Administration Could Do Quickly on the Environment

first_img2. Convene global leadersMr. Biden has said he intends to assemble a “climate world summit” to press leaders of the big industrial nations to cut greenhouse gas emissions more aggressively.3. Reverse energy rollbacks- Advertisement – Expect the Biden administration to immediately rescind a large number of President Trump’s executive orders on energy, particularly a March 2017 order calling on every federal agency to dismantle their climate policies. Several experts said he is likely to replace it with one declaring his administration’s intention to cut greenhouse gases and instructing all government agencies to look for ways to do so.4. Make climate part of coronavirus reliefThe Biden administration will very likely push to include clean energy provisions in any new economic stimulus measures Congress considers. That could include things like research and development funding for clean energy, money for states to continue their renewable energy expansion, and an extension of tax credits for renewable energy industries.5. Sign executive orders to cut emissionsDeveloping and finalizing new regulations will take time, and, if challenged, they may ultimately be struck down by the conservative majority on the Supreme Court. But Mr. Biden has indicated that, early in his administration, he will sign executive orders instructing agencies to develop new methane limits for oil and gas wells, to reinstate and strengthen fuel economy standards, and to tighten efficiency standards for appliances and buildings.6. Create new financial regulations- Advertisement – 7. Revise rules on fossil fuel productionMr. Biden is expected to cancel a 2017 executive order to lift restrictions on offshore energy exploration and production. He also could stop the Trump administration’s expedited reviews of pipelines and other fossil fuel projects.8. Prioritize environmental justiceMr. Biden has made addressing the effects of pollution and global warming in low-income communities a central element of his climate plan. In the near term, a Biden administration could create an environmental justice advisory board to coordinate policies across agencies and take concrete steps like increasing pollution monitoring in vulnerable communities and creating mapping tools to better understand disparities.9. Restore wildlife areasMr. Biden has pledged to take “immediate steps to reverse the Trump assault on America’s national treasures” including major cuts in 2017 to Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments, as well as opening parts of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil exploration. He has said on the first day of his administration he will sign an executive order to conserve 30 percent of United States land and waters by 2030. WASHINGTON — President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. campaigned on the most ambitious climate platform of any presidential candidate in history, promising to spend $2 trillion over four years to draw down planet-warming fossil fuel emissions and convert much of the nation to clean energy.The possibility that the Senate could remain under the control of Republicans, who have generally opposed climate legislation, puts a damper on some of his biggest-ticket plans. But with or without Democratic control of the Senate, the first 100 days of the Biden administration are likely to see a flurry of executive actions addressing climate change, as well as a major push to insert clean energy provisions into legislation that could pass with a bipartisan coalition.- Advertisement – Here are nine things a Mr. Biden may do early on to put the United States back on a path to addressing climate change.1. Rejoin the Paris AgreementMr. Biden has pledged throughout the campaign, and again this week, that on the day he takes office he will recommit the United States to the global agreement on climate change. That would only require a letter to the United Nations and would take effect 30 days later. Mr. Biden has also said he will, on the first day of his administration, sign an executive order requiring public companies to disclose climate change-related financial risks and greenhouse gas emissions in their operations. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Clarksville man sentenced to federal prison time for attempting to destroy meth during search of his home

first_imgCLARKSVILLE — A Clarksville man has been sentenced to five years in a federal prison after attempting to destroy methamphetamine. The US Attorney for the Northern District of Iowa’s office says 38-year-old Drew Johnson admitted that in February 2019 that he was in possession of meth when officers arrived at his home to search it. Johnson, who was outside at the time, admits running into the house and throwing the meth into a wood-burning stove and then fighting with officers. Johnson has an extensive criminal history, including two prior convictions for domestic assault and multiple theft convictions. US District Court Chief Judge Leonard Strand last week sentenced Johnson to 60 months in prison, to be followed by a four-year term of supervised release.last_img


first_imgStrabane District Council chairman Thomas Kerrigan and Madge Toye-Temple presenting Geraldine Robinson and Colette Kelly from Sargasso Restaurant with their Bronze award.Sargasso Restaurant in Letterkenny has been awarded one of the first Change a Little Change a Lot Accessibility Awards.Sargasso Restaurant along with Douglas Bridge Cross Community Association Limited in Strabane were presented with a bronze accessibility award, while Healthy Bon Fitness Club in Strabane received a silver accessibility award.Straddling the cross border axis of Donegal and Strabane, the awards honour businesses, community organistions and public sector bodies who make themselves more accessible to people with disabilities. Funding for this project has been provided by the European Union’s INTERREG IVA programme, secured by Co-operation and Working Together’s (CAWT) Community Awareness Programme.Last week’s CSO figures for Co. Donegal show that 14% of the population in the county have a disability while this figure is similar in neighbouring Strabane.“As I know from my own family experience finding accessible social venues locally is very difficult so it was very close to my heart when I opened Sargasso last year to create a fully accessible restaurant to enable full inclusion in the dining experience” says Colette Kelly, owner of Sargasso Restaurant.“When we saw the Change a Little Change a Lot Awards we knew they were right up our street. Social inclusion is a must for the future so I would really encourage businesses to apply for the awards and make whatever changes they need to reach the necessary accessibility standards.” Sharing the same commitment to accessibility and inclusivity, Sargasso staff have undergone Disability Awareness training which has improved confidence in using a range of methods to communicate with people with disabilities and one staff member has sign language skills. The restaurant menu is now available in large print and other alternative formats will be provided on request.“There’s no doubt that being inclusive is simply good business,” says Caroline Robinson, Restaurant Manager. “We really enjoyed going through the process with ADAPT NI whose services were absolutely free as a result of this programme. They guided us and ensured we made changes that would make a difference.”This programme culminates in an overall gala awards ceremony in the Clanree Hotel on 30th May 2013. The results of this awards programme will mean that people with a disability in the Donegal/Strabane area will be able to access their services easier, and according to the organisers will “give participating organisations’ edge in the marketplace and encourage more footfall into their companies.”To apply log onto www.changealittlechangealot.com or email Joanne@mediabox.ie for more details. You can also call Joanne directly on +353 74 9168478. DONEGAL RESTAURANT WINS ACCESSIBILITY AWARD was last modified: November 22nd, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DONEGAL RESTAURANT WINS ACCESSIBILITY AWARDlast_img read more