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Gina McCarthy: Why I am more optimistic than ever about tackling the climate crisis

Gina McCarthy: Why I am more optimistic than ever about tackling the climate crisis

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Before I took office one year ago, President BidenJoe BidenBiden claims he didn’t overpromise Finland PM vows ‘extremely harsh’ sanctions if Russia invades Ukraine Russia: No less than a ban on NATO expansion is acceptable Continue readingI was called by him and asked to join his team.

My entire career I have dedicated myself to protecting people against threats to their safety, health, and security. I served under six governors, including five Republicans. I was a former President ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaDemocrats make last plea for voting rights before filibuster showdown Jane Hartley is named Ambassador to the UK by Biden Democrats must pass a clean energy bill in order to boost the economy and improve the midterm outlook. Continue reading’s Environmental Protection Agency administrator. But I’d never heard of a job similar to the one Joe Biden described. 

As the country’s first-ever “national climate advisor,” the president asked me to assemble leaders across his administration to confront climate change with ambition and creativity. He challenged me to speak about climate not only as a threat to our lives, livelihoods, and future, but also as an opportunity for the country to create a clean energy economy that creates job opportunities, lowers costs, and leaves no worker behind. 

I am proud to have been on the job for one year and feel proud of the accomplishments we have made. I am more optimistic than ever that we can deliver a better, safer, and more secure tomorrow for our children and grandchildren. We have worked together across government, labor, advocacy, and business to create partnerships that offer hope and opportunities. We have shown that we can — and we are — acting with the urgency that science demands.

That sense of optimism for our country to come together, grab and lead the 21st-century clean energy economy is what the president campaigned on — and it is what he began to deliver on day one. He Rejoint the Paris Agreement. He Science restored in the White House. He has reestablished American leadership at the global stage. UN climate conference in Glasgow. To achieve his ambitious goal of halving emissions by 2030, he renewed partnerships and agreements with territories, states, and Tribal countries.

We made it to the last year in just one year The record-breaking largestFor clean energy. We collaborated across agencies Wind power off the coasts can be harnessed to generate clean power and capture solar energy on public lands — creating jobs lowering energy costs for consumers. The president Autoworkers and automakers rallied behind a target of 50 percent electric vehicles (EV) sales share by 2030 — helping spur companies to announce new investments of over $100 billion in the American EV industry. We also launched groundbreaking initiatives. Reduce methane omissions by capping orphaned oil and gas wells and Eliminating super-pollutants from air conditioners and refrigerators.

The president also achieved historic legislative victories on climate in his first year of office. The American Rescue Plan (ARP) is Support electric school buses, Training in clean energy jobs and revitalization of coal communities. And after decades of debate in Washington over infrastructure, the president worked across the aisle to get it done. The bipartisan Infrastructure Investment Jobs Act,Our largest ever investments were made in November by the law. Our power grid is being upgraded and cleaning up dirty pollution from toxic sites. It also does big, bold things this country has never done before — like helping get clean drinking water to every person in America building a National network of 500,000 EV chargers. These transformative investments create new jobs and allow people to join unions. They aim to guarantee at least 40% of the climate and clean-energy funds’ benefits. Reach underserved areas.

We are proud to have made this historic step, but the climate change impacts that are all around us continue to increase show that we need more. More than a million people were affected by climate change last year. 80 percent of Americans experienced heatwaves.. We were hit by severe weather, including droughts, floods, and wildfires that swept across the country. $145 billion in damages. Even as we take decisive action to help communities recover and build resilience to the impacts of climate change, we must get the job done with the president’s Build Back Better Act — to reduce climate pollution fast while lowering energy bills and the costs of electric vehicles for Americans. It will increase job creation, improve energy efficiency at home, and produce more solar panels and wind turbines in America.  

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During our first year, we have worked to fulfill the president’s promise to marshal a swift response to the climate crisis centered on growing our economy and benefiting those most burdened by pollution. Now, it’s time to start of the next — and best — chapter. The future is bright for America’s families, workers and businesses with the bipartisan infrastructure law underway and the Build Back Better Act around the corner.

We won’t stop fighting for that bright future. We have a job to finish, and we’re going to get it done.

Gina McCarthyGina McCarthyThe Hill’s 12:30 report – Presented By Mastercard – Dems put the gas pedal on Biden’s agenda The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Charter Communications – Tornado deaths high; Chris Wallace shocker Overnight Energy & Environment — White House announces new climate office Continue reading is President Biden’s national climate advisor. She was the 13th administrator of Environmental Protection Agency under President Obama. She is also the former president of Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).



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