President Joe Biden campaigned for the White House on a number of key climate promises. When he officially took office, hopes were high that bold climate action would be at the center of the Biden policy platform. One year later, where does his record stand? On this episode of Political Climate, our hosts look at what the Biden administration has achieved during the president’s first year in office.
Of course, a big component of President Biden’s climate agenda is still in limbo. The Build Back Better Act would devote $555 billion to clean energy and climate measures, along with a suite of social programs. Prospects for passing the full bill in the Senate were quashed late last year. But now there’s talk of moving some provisions forward in a trimmed-down version of BBB, one that could garner the 50 Democrat votes needed to pass.
To kick off the show, hosts Julia Pyper, Brandon Hurlbut and Shane Skelton evaluate the odds of a climate-focused Build Back Better Act making it across the finish line.
- Politico: The climate kinks in BBB
- White House: President Biden signs executive order catalyzing America’s clean energy economy through federal sustainability
- Nature: Has Biden followed the science? What researchers say
- Canary Media: How the infrastructure bill will fight climate change and advance clean energy
- Grist: Executive Reaction: Biden vowed to undo Trump’s toxic legacy. We’re tracking his progress.
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