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ENERGY BRIEFING: Biden’s Climate Goals Get a Path in Senate

Jan. 8, 2021, 11:21 AM

The slim edge Democrats won in the Senate renews hopes for limited legislation to combat climate change, such as measures to fulfill President-elect Joe Biden’s pledge to promote the use of electric vehicles and clean energy.

But the ambitious Green New Deal, as well as controversial proposals to phase out fossil fuels and ban fracking, are still on ice.

“Thin blue majorities in the House and Senate might not enable Biden’s party to enact a sweeping climate law,” said Kevin Book, managing director of research firm ClearView Energy Partners. Yet, he added, “a thin blue Senate could enable a...

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