Democratic infighting delays Biden’s vast US investment plans

A dispute within the Democratic party has stalled US President Joe Biden’s massive spending plans for the United States as Congress postponed a key vote on the measures Monday. The delay is a setback for the Democratic president, who intends to make American history with the two titanic funding projects — on infrastructure and social […]

A brain drain among government scientists bogs down Biden’s climate ambitions

The headquarters of the United States Geological Survey in Reston, Va., on July 22, 2021. Hundreds of government scientists and climate policy experts quit during the Trump administration, and their jobs remain unfilled nearly six months into President Joe Biden’s term. (Stefani Reynolds/The New York Times)

Scientists and climate policy experts who quit have not returned. Recruitment is suffering, according to federal employees, as government science jobs are no longer viewed as insulated from politics. And money from Congress to replenish the ranks could be years away. As a result, President Joe Biden’s ambitious plans to confront climate change are hampered […]

Biden’s race-based farming debt-relief program halted by judge

Biden’s race-based farming debt-relief program halted by judge

A federal judge has halted the Biden administration’s program offering loan forgiveness for minority farmers only, stating that the federal government “cannot discriminate on the basis of race.” U.S. District Court Judge William C. Griesbach granted Thursday a temporary restraining order in response to an anti-discrimination lawsuit filed in April by the Wisconsin Institute for […]

It’s crunch time, and Biden’s climate gambit faces steep hurdles

US President Joe Biden delivers remarks before a ceasefire agreed by Israel and Hamas was to go into effect, during a brief appearance in the Cross Hall at the White House in Washington, US, May 20, 2021. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

The central tool of Biden’s plan, known as a clean electricity standard, would require power companies to gradually ratchet up the amount of electricity they generate from wind, solar and other sources until they’re no longer emitting carbon dioxide. On paper, it seems a no-brainer. Some version of it has been approved by 29 states […]

Biden’s first 100 days: Where he stands on key promises

Biden's first 100 days: Where he stands on key promises

As he rounds out his first 100 days in office, President Joe Biden’s focus on reigning in the coronavirus during the early months of his administration seems to have paid off: He can check off nearly all his campaign promises centered on the pandemic. Biden has delivered on a number of his biggest campaign pledges […]

Foreign Minister: Bangladesh’s points to be on agenda of Biden’s climate summit

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File photo: Foreign minister Dr AK Abdul Momen speaks at the concluding session of the three-day Dhaka Global Dialogue on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 PID US shows much interest in Bangladesh, says Momen The “Leaders’ Summit on Climate,” set to be held later this week, will largely incorporate the issues raised by Bangladesh on its […]

US, Japan show united front on China in Biden’s first summit

US, Japan show united front on China in Biden’s first summit

The United States and Japan vowed Friday to stand firm together against an assertive China and to step up cooperation on climate change and next-generation technology as President Joe Biden made his first summit a show of alliance unity. Waiting nearly three months for his first foreign guest due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Biden told […]

On President Biden’s Climate Summit and John Kerry’s visit to Dhaka

US President Biden’s first act upon being sworn in as President on January 20, 2021, was to officially notify the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) that he was withdrawing former President Trump’s withdrawal letter from the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and that the United States was rejoining the Paris Agreement. He […]

Biden’s first budget fuels health, education spending in sharp change from Trump

US President Joe Biden asked Congress to sharply increase spending to combat climate change and gun violence and to support education in a budget that marks a sharp departure from his predecessor, Donald Trump. The $1.5 trillion budget, reflecting an 8% increase in base funding from the current year, would invest billions more in public […]