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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

J-D, ESM baseball split two-game series

first_imgAfter J-D went in front 1-0 in the top of the second, Spartans pitcher Dan Garris settled down, blanking the Rams over the next three frames and then getting some help when ESM got two runs off Foss in the bottom of the fourth.In the sixth, J-D pulled back even, 2-2, and it remained that way the rest of regulation, ESM turning to Sean Welch in relief of Garris in the seventh inning.Welch tossed two scoreless, hitless innings, and that work was rewarded when the Spartans plated the winning run in the bottom of the eighth off Giblin, who had taken over after Carter Kowalczyk’s 2 2/3 innings of scoreless work.Spencer Carnival and Ben Leib both had two hits and an RBI, while Nolan Penoyer also drove in a run. Brendan Seburn and Josh Gilkey also had two-hit outings as Foss and Brotzki, with two hits apiece, accounted for all but two of J-D’s hits.On Thursday, wet weather and poor field conditions kept ESM from facing Auburn, but J-D and Central Square were able to play on the turf at Onondaga Community College, and the Red Rams, showing again it could rebound from a defeat, topped the Redhawks 6-3.A three-run first inning got J-D in front, but it still needed single tallies in the fourth, sixth and seventh innings to withstand Central Square’s comeback attempts.Combined, Brotzki (three innings), Kowalczyk and Henry McTernan (two innings each) recorded 10 strikeouts. At the plate, Goodson and Wright each drove in two runs, with Alexander walking three times and Brotzki adding an RBI.ESM played on Friday at Auburn and won 12-4, with two-run rallies in three consecutive innings, starting in the second, before it scored three times in the sixth and seventh to put the Maroons away.Penoyer had three of the Spartans’ 10 hits and scored three runs. Grabowski and Gilkey also scored three times as Borkowski’s pair of hits led to four RBIs. Bryce Hall pitched 6 2/3 innings, limiting Auburn to four hits while striking out seven.And on Saturday afternoon, J-D met up with its neighbors from Fayetteville-Manilus, and it was the Hornets getting the best of it, overcoming a brutal start to take over in the middle stages and beat the Red Rams 11-8.J-D scored six times in the top of the first inning, but F-M, who had lost twice to Baldwinsville earlier in the week, answered with five runs in the second and then had two runs in each of the next three innings.John Egnaczyk’s pair of hits led to three RBIs as Joe Gaeta and Seth Reisman each drove in two runs. Max Parker, Sean O’Connor and Ben Delmarsh also drove in runs. Only Logan Wing earned two hits on the Rams’ side.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Even with its terrific run through April and rise near the top of the state Class A rankings, the Jamesville-DeWitt baseball team knew that any path toward glory in Class A ran through the defending sectional champions from East Syracuse Minoa.And the two neighbors met head-to-head twice early last week, with the first game a romp in the rain for the Red Rams as it had little trouble handling the Spartans in a 15-6 decision.Multi-run rallies in each of the first five innings sent J-D on its way, the Rams building a 15-0 margin behind a 15-hit attack, the loudest blow a home run from Nolan Giblin. Zach Goodson and Mateo Santos each got three hits, with Bobby Galusha earning a team-best three RBIs and scoring twice. Goodson and Logan Wing each drove in two runs as Murphy Foss scored three times. Matt Alexander, Shane Wright and Nick Brotzki joined Santos with one RBI apiece.A.J. Ortega pitched four shutout innings, holding ESM to two hits. The Spartans’ lone runs came in a six-run seventh inning as, prior to that, only Hunter Borkowski and Brad Herrington produced much, Borkowski getting four hits and Herrington three hits. RBIs went to Nolan Penoyer, Lucas Grabowski and Jacob Buell.All of this gave extra urgency to the return match between these teams a day later, and even though the game was at J-D again, ESM was able to battle its way to a 3-2, eight-inning victory to get even with the Rams.center_img Tags: BaseballESMF-MJ-Dlast_img read more