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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

UK government guidance alters pooling course ‘for better’ – LAPFF

first_imgIt also welcomed added emphasis on the role of the Scheme Advisory Board (SAB) and its being given new responsibilities, saying that a stronger SAB would “support member-direction over the pace and nature of change being undertaken through pooling”.Quinn said: “[We] is pleased to note the guidance reflects several of the key concerns exercising LAPFF member funds over the last few months about the direction of travel that pooling was taking. This new guidance alters that course for the better.”The LAPFF also said the guidance made two “very important” new points with respect to ESG, namely the requirement for the LGPS to commit to the Financial Reporting Council’s Stewardship Code, and to have a policy on corporate governance and voting.“This closes the door on those who have ignored their responsibilities by assuming that not having a policy is acceptable,” the association said. New guidance on investment regulations shows the UK government as having heeded local government pension scheme concerns about asset pooling, according to the Local Authority Pension Fund Forum (LAPFF).The association welcomed the guidance published last week by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) for local government pension schemes (LGPS), saying it shows the government to be in “listening mode”.Kieran Quinn, chair of the LAPFF and of the Greater Manchester Pension Fund (GMPF), said: “The real value of this new guidance is that it reflects many of the views submitted to the government by funds about the challenges facing their plans for pooling and the new investment frontiers for local authority pension funds.”The LAPFF praised the guidance on pension fund governance in the pooling context, particularly the renewed emphasis on the autonomous role of pension funds and the need for pools to be accountable to their individual member funds.last_img read more

NFL Draft 2019: Last Chance U, Texas Tech alum Dakota Allen taken by Rams

first_img NFL Draft 2019: All 254 picks by team Dakota Allen took his second chance and ran with it.The Texas Tech linebacker was taken in the seventh round of the NFL Draft on Saturday by the NFC Champion Los Angeles Rams. “I’m just straight up with them,” Allen said, via the Houston Chronicle. “I tell them exactly what I did. I own it 100 percent, and I also tell them what I’ve learned from it. I tell them I grew as a person.”I learned a lot about the people around me. I hope that they’ll give me an opportunity, because I won’t let them down. I’ve learned a lot through that situation. Most importantly. I learned how to handle adversity.”He ultimately found his way to East Mississippi Community College where he became a prominent figure on the Netflix show Last Chance U, which follows junior college programs as players try to get back to the Division I level.For Allen, he was at EMCC hoping to earn his scholarship back at Texas Tech. Throughout Season 2 of the show, the linebacker detailed how he hoped to get back to Lubbock and get another shot to play for the Red Raiders.When the show ended he did not yet receive an offer, but soon after cameras stopped rolling, he was given another chance at Tech.Upon his return to Texas as a junior, Allen was named to the Big 12 Second Team after tallying 102 tackles, two interceptions and a fumble recovery.He was named to the first team All-Big 12 as a senior and second team All-Academic team as a senior. He recorded 73 tackles with two fumble recoveries in 2018. This was a long time coming for Allen, who elected to return to the Red Raiders after a solid junior season in Lubbock, Texas, and it’s a journey he won’t take lightly after a long and complicated trip to get to the draft.Allen was kicked off the Texas Tech football team in 2015 when he was arrested along with two other players on a burglary and gun theft charge. He has been up front with professional teams about his past, and hopes to continue to grow after his transgression. Related Newscenter_img NFL Draft 2019: Seahawks’ Russell Wilson shares unique connection to team’s 4th-round pick He is confident he can not only produce at the next level but excel when he gets there.”They’re definitely going to get someone who’s going to dedicate all his time and efforts to football,” Allen said. “I know what it’s like to almost lose everything, including football. I won’t let anything stop me this time.”last_img read more