The precarious White House climate posture

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The White House is stepping up its PR push for stronger climate measures on Capitol Hill, while arguing that it could make great progress with executive powers.

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running news: President Biden calls for Congressional action tomorrow Comments At the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Colorado.

  • He touted proposals in a bipartisan infrastructure plan, such as transmission investments, and clean energy and electric car measures in a far more comprehensive plan Democrats are trying to push ahead on an uncertain party-line vote.
  • On Monday, Biden also boosted his climate efforts after visiting the National Interagency Fire Center in Idaho. NYT has more on his appearance.

Intrigue: The press gaggle caught my eye on my way to Colorado by White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre.

  • She said the White House is “strongly committed” to Democratic legislation and a bipartisan package that is moving on a double track.
  • But she also spoke out on a “whole government” approach to the executive steps and said Biden is committed to “using all the tools at his disposal.”

Our thought bubble: The message displayed on Tuesday underscores a delicate situation ahead of the crucial UN climate summit which is less than seven weeks away.

  • Democratic legislative provisions, such as the expansion of renewable energy and EV incentives and new financial carrots for utilities to accelerate clean electricity deployment, are key to meeting the White House 2030 emissions pledge under the Paris deal.
  • But if efforts in Congress fall short or die, administration officials still need to convince other countries that the US can put real policy weight behind its non-binding climate goals.
  • The dynamic at the White House is not lost. a spokesperson told CNN that “there are multiple paths to meet our emissions targets and targets” and that it is not up to Congress alone, but to “integrate into both.”

go in: Frightening sprint to UN climate summit

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