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In a statement released to coincide with the start of the Biden administration, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is endorsing “market-based” approaches to a climate change policy approved by Congress, while indirectly acknowledging divisions within the business community by failing to offer specific policy options.

The Biden administration has announced key members of its political leadership teams at the Interior (DOI) and Agriculture (USDA) departments, two land management agencies that are expected to play key roles in advancing policies to support the administration’s ambitious climate change agenda.

On the eve of the Biden administration taking office, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) resoundingly rejected a “notice of inquiry” to set new categorical exclusions for environmental reviews of energy other projects under the Trump White House’s streamlined National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) rule.

Within hours of his inauguration, President-elect Joe Biden will sign a sweeping set of executive actions related to climate change, including directing EPA and other agencies to review scores of Trump-era policies, blocking high-profile fossil fuel projects and reinstating a federal interagency group to revise the social cost of carbon (SCC) metric.

The incoming Biden administration could have several novel options at the White House and various federal agencies besides EPA to advance its sweeping climate change agenda, several legal experts say, though they also warn that any measures will face scrutiny from conservative judges.

House lawmakers from both parties are expressing skepticism or opposition to imposing a price on carbon emissions, while citing bipartisan support for carbon capture technologies and research for advanced nuclear power as part of a broader climate change strategy.

Major labor, environmental and other groups are urging the incoming Biden administration and Congress to quickly start creating a low-carbon procurement program for federal purchasing of construction and other materials, seeing it as a way to back lower-emitting domestic steel, cement and other energy-intensive industries and cut greenhouse gases.

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