As Biden’s Climate Summit Approaches, Carbon Pricing Remains Uncertain

Powerlines in Medway, MA. Photo by Jesse Costa for WBUR

President Joe Biden is inviting world leaders to join him later this week for a virtual climate summit, where the president is expected to announce a new, lower target for U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. The reduction is seen as essential for slowing climate change. Biden has also pledged to adopt new regulations for fossil fuel…

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Local EPA Staffers Look Forward To Life With Biden

Less than a week into his presidency, Joe Biden has already signed executive orders emphasizing the importance of science, environmental justice and climate change within the Environmental Protection Agency. And Undine Kipka says the biggest thing she’s feeling right now is relief. Kipka is an environmental engineer and union vice president at the EPA’s New…

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A Third Of Maine Student Loan Borrowers Could Have Their Debt Eliminated Under Plan Floated By Biden

A significant number of Mainers with outstanding student loans could see some major relief under a proposal that newly inaugurated President Joe Biden will reportedly make to cancel thousands in federal student loan debt for each person, among other efforts. In addition to planning an executive order to “pause” federal student loan collection through September,…

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Offshore Wind Backers Hope Vineyard Wind Permitting Woes Will End Under Biden

For Massachusetts to meet its 2050 climate change emission goal, the state is going to have to green the grid, replacing fossil fuel power plants with clean renewable energy sources. To do this, the commonwealth is banking on offshore wind. “Offshore wind is the linchpin of Massachusetts clean energy strategy and critical to our success,”…

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What The Biden Administration Will Mean For Climate Change In New England

Severe storms. Heat waves. Rising seas. New England is already seeing the impacts of climate change, and scientists project they will become more severe and deadly, shaping how we live and work in the northeastern U.S. In a special ahead of Inauguration Day, the New England News Collaborative and America Amplified look at climate change…

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Trump Lost In Massachusetts, But Built Latino Support In Gateway Cities

For the last several months, Julio Perez has been driving a bus across the country, emblazoned with a decal on the side that read “Stop the separation of families.” He started in California, part of a caravan of immigration activists that toured the country to help turn out Latino voters. When Joe Biden was declared…

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In An Election Year During A Pandemic, Senior Poll Workers Pass The Baton

After more than 35 years of helping voters through elections, 82-year-old Mary Whitney of Milton was finding the long days as a poll worker tiring. Even so, she was determined to serve through this year’s presidential election. But after working the recent primary in Massachusetts, Whitney came to a decision. “I didn’t feel safe. That…

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Some Republicans See Missed Opportunity To Campaign On Climate Change In New Hampshire

Democrats describe themselves as the only party taking the threat of climate change seriously. And President Trump’s continued denial of climate science and rollbacks of environmental protections haven’t made it easy for Republicans to change that. But some New Hampshire conservatives think their candidates could be doing more to run – and win – on…

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