Inside Climate News “Even with a 50-50 Split Biden and Senate Could make Big Strides on Climate”

Jay Owen Green Prosperity, Greentech, Trendspotting

Climate scientists will tell you that reducing carbon emissions needs to be the human priority right now. They’re not wrong. But the sad reality is that if we allow the amount of carbon already in the atmosphere to stay put, many people, animals and ecosystems will die before their time. That’s what inspired Inside Climate News contributor Audrey Gray to investigate bamboo, an effective carbon sink that can draw carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere. She documents her journey across the U.S., visiting several bamboo farming operations that may be part of the solution to our carbon problem.

Also this week, the most conservative Democrat in the Senate, Joe Manchin of West Virginia will be a key factor in passing climate legislation. The senator who famously shot a bullet through a copy of Congress’ last major climate bill in a 2010 political advertisement is now well-positioned to determine how much of President-elect Joe Biden’s $2 trillion climate and jobs program becomes law.

BY: AUDREY GRAY
The grass has a bad rap in the U.S. as an invasive nuisance, but the plant can quickly sequester at least double—and maybe even six times—the amount of carbon as a similar stand of trees.Read More

The Senate’s New Point Man on Climate Has Been the Democrats’ Most Fossil Fuel-Friendly Senator
BY: JAMES BRUGGERS
West Virginia’s Joe Manchin once shot a hole in a climate bill in a campaign ad. People who know him say his views have since evolved.Read More

Even With a 50-50 Split, a Biden Administration Senate Could Make Big Strides on Climate
BY: MARIANNE LAVELLE
Democrats’ new edge opens the door to policy tools that can push through legislation. And bipartisan action is not out of reach.Read More

Will 2021 Be the Year for Environmental Justice Legislation? States Are Already Leading the Way
BY: KRISTOFFER TIGUE
The new state laws address the disproportionate impact of climate change and pollution on communities of color. Joe Biden is promising to do the same in Washington.Read More

American Petroleum Institute Chief Promises to Fight Biden and the Democrats on Drilling, Tax Policy
BY: NICHOLAS KUSNETZ
Mike Sommers, in his annual address, said the oil and gas industry remained essential to America. Will Biden and political leaders agree?Read More

How the Trump Administration’s Climate Denial Left Its Mark on The Arctic Council
BY: SABRINA SHANKMAN
Talk of global warming was out, and relations among the eight countries that make up the council, once a highly collaborative group and a steady force for climate action, became dysfunctional.Read More

Many Overheated Forests May Soon Release More Carbon Than They Absorb
BY: BOB BERWYN
New research suggests that, sooner than expected, trees may become carbon sources rather than carbon sinks, as a feedback loop of rising temperatures drives them to release more greenhouse gases. Read More

As Big Energy Gains, Can Europe’s Community Renewables Compete?
BY: PAUL HOCKENOS
Local wind and solar cooperatives have been instrumental in fostering Europe’s renewable energy growth. Now, as multinational corporations play an ever-larger role in efforts to decarbonize Europe’s economy, the EU is looking to bolster these grassroots clean-energy initiatives. Read More