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Voices

Inside EPA’s Climate Extra provides access to key policymakers in government and industry as well as thought leaders through its Voices special feature of exclusive interviews and profile articles.

Ethan Shenkman
July 26, 2021

Former EPA deputy general counsel Ethan Shenkman says the Biden administration faces a major challenge in defending the benefits of carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) technologies against growing concerns by environmental justice advocates, arguing that transparency and “granular data” from an upcoming screening tool will be key to advancing such technologies that are central to achieving the president’s climate policy goals.

Tina Smith
July 14, 2021

Sen. Tina Smith (D-MN) says Senate Democrats have “included” a clean electricity standard (CES) in their $3.5 trillion infrastructure “reconciliation” package, amid warnings from a top White House official that the administration will pursue utility sector carbon rules if Congress does not enact such a policy.

Pete Buttigieg
July 8, 2021

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg is signaling that his agency’s forthcoming proposal to tighten near-term vehicle fuel economy standards will seek a “high level of efficiency” from conventional vehicles, arguing such steps are needed to complement the administration’s push for greater deployment of electric vehicles (EVs).

Gary Gensler
June 24, 2021

Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairman Gary Gensler is outlining several key elements of an expected rulemaking to require public companies to disclose a host of climate change-related risks, an effort that appears significantly broader than what finance sector officials have sought.

John Kerry
June 8, 2021

White House international climate envoy John Kerry is rejecting the notion that natural gas pipelines will automatically become “stranded assets” as the economy shifts toward net-zero emissions, arguing such pipeline networks can be repurposed to transport low-carbon hydrogen and ammonia.

Gregg Gelzinis
May 28, 2021

President Joe Biden’s recent order on managing financial risks from climate change could open the door to use of rarely used statutory authorities aimed at pushing regulators to adopt strict disclosure and other rules and subjecting certain financial institutions to strict scrutiny by the Federal Reserve, according to a policy analyst at the politically influential Center for American Progress (CAP).

Jennifer Granholm
May 7, 2021

Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm is confirming Biden administration interest in some kind of “direct subsidy” or other support from Congress to aid nuclear plants at risk of closure, arguing it could otherwise be difficult if not impossible to meet greenhouse gas goals.

Sen. Ron Wyden
April 27, 2021

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) wants to negotiate a bipartisan deal on overhauling clean-energy tax credits but is facing wrangling over various proposals, including an alternative plan that builds on the current system to accelerate the development of technologies for achieving a net-zero carbon emissions economy.

Sen. Joe Manchin
April 21, 2021

Senate energy committee Chairman Joe Manchin (D-WV), whose vote is considered crucial for enacting any climate- or energy-related policy in Congress, is calling for steps to preserve the nation’s fleet of zero-carbon nuclear plants while also embracing the idea of splitting the Biden administration’s $2 trillion-plus infrastructure bill into smaller pieces.

Jason Grumet
April 12, 2021

Amid recently launched debate about President Joe Biden’s $2.2 trillion infrastructure plan, the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) is arguing the administration’s climate goals will be impossible without “significant” and “difficult” permitting reforms to enable the rapid construction of clean energy and other key infrastructure.

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