Democrats advance climate bill as advocates gird for a fight

The House Energy and Commerce Committee passed a historic suite of climate and environmental policies in a marathon two-day markup, kicking off a pressure campaign as Democrats look to move quickly on their $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation package.
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Senate Democrats press ahead despite Manchin warning

Senate Democrats yesterday shrugged off criticism from Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chair Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) about their $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation plan, instead signaling they are continuing to work on the bill's sweeping climate goals.
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What is carbon pricing? Could it clean Utah’s air and cut emissions?

Some Utah GOP lawmakers and their Democratic counterparts want to pursue instituting carbon pricing that would impose fees on businesses that pollute the air and then give the revenue back to the state’s taxpayers. Would it work? Is it politically possible in conservative Utah?
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House Democrats return to D.C. deeply divided

The House returns to Washington on Monday to try to win passage of a measure needed to protect a $3.5 trillion social policy bill from a filibuster, but fractures in the party are starting to show.
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Democrats want to tax big polluters, but is it enough?

Several U.S. Democrats want to tax the country's largest polluters over the next 10 years and collect up to $500 billion in the process. But is their proposal tough enough?

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Biden-backed $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill passes key hurdle

In a rare example of bipartisanship in Washington, a $1.2 trillion bill aimed at improving the US' roads, highways, bridges, and high-speed internet gained the support of 18 Republican senators and 49 Democratic senators.

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Senate Democrats announce pollution bill

In a move to make fossil fuel companies pay toward undoing the damage of climate change, Senate Democrats announced a bill that would collect $500 billion in taxes over 10 years.

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Senate expects to move forward with infrastructure bill on Sunday

US senators were expected to move forward on Sunday on a $1tn package for roads, rail lines and other infrastructure, with text of a bill due to be delivered.

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Joe Manchin makes $500k a year from one of the dirtiest coal plants in West Virginia

Joe Manchin, the conservative Democrat from West Virginia who is the lynchpin of his party's climate agenda, made nearly $500,000 from one of the most polluting coal power plants in West Virginia last year alone.

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Nearly 140 Democrats urge EPA to 'promptly' allow California to set its own vehicle pollution standards

A group of 139 Democratic lawmakers is urging the Environmental Protection Agency to "promptly" reinstate California's ability to set its own vehicle emissions standards — which is expected to increase electric vehicle adoption.

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House Oversight Democrats broaden probe into Trump-era interference at CDC

House investigators are seeking interviews with former CDC professional staff, including Anne Schuchat and Nancy Messonnier.
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Democrats request interview with Exxon lobbyist after undercover tapes

Democrats on the House Oversight and Reform Committee are asking an Exxon Mobil lobbyist to testify in a recorded interview after he appeared on tape saying that the company "aggressively [fought] against some of the science" on climate change.

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Industry looks to shape Democrats' clean energy plans

Democrats could face headwinds from industry in their push to enact a number of major climate change policies through the process of budget reconciliation.
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Why vaccinated people are getting 'breakthrough' infections

The vaccines are effective at preventing serious illness and death, but they are not a golden shield against the coronavirus.
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