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Joel B. Stronberg

Clean energy and climate activist and blogger. An experienced policy analyst representing organizations before Congress and federal agencies. Featured author on Resilience.org.

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US Climate Policy: A Nation at War with Itself (Reconciliation)

Although there are climate-related elements, e.g., electrification of school buses, currently in the bill, the main thrust of the Biden climate plan will be through the reconciliation package.

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US Climate Policy: A Nation at War with Itself (Infrastructure)

URGENCY is the message of today and every day until the US finally has the policies in place and acted upon that will lead it to a sustainable environment and economy.

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No Climate, No Deal: For Real?

The latest poll by Morning Consult shows the Biden plan supported by 52 percent of all voters compared to the $1 trillion counteroffer brought to the White House by Senator Capito (R-WV) in early June.

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Voting Rights and Climate Policy—Not as Odd a Couple as You Might Think

It is critical for the climate community to follow closely the federal voting rights law passed by the House and now being considered by the Senate. HR 1/S 1, the For the People Act of 2021 (Act)

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Infrastructure Negotiations and the Fate of National Climate Policy—Will There Be a Chance to Make a Second Impression?

Climate has fallen out of the infrastructure discussion as it took its bipartisanship detour. It may not return. So, then what? I don’t see the preparatory work for a close Senate climate vote taking place in the administration.

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Public Gardens in the Time of Contagion: An Ark of a Different Sort

This is a story about the critical role of public gardens and the pandemic-induced recession’s impact on them—as seen through the experiences of the Green Ark Botanical Garden Foundation (Foundation or Ark) in Costa Rica.

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US Climate Policy Caught Between Two Worlds—Are We Smarter Than Buridan’s Ass?

Buridan’s Ass, the name given to the paradox, is said to starve because it cannot decide between two equally good options. Why? Because—the critter lacks free will and, therefore, is unable to make a rational choice.

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Negotiating the Future of US Climate Policy

It’s nearly Memorial Day, and President Biden’s hoped-for agreement on an infrastructure bill seems to be in doubt given where the negotiations between Republicans and Democrats are after several weeks of discussions. Luckily there is nothing sacred about the Memorial Day target.

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Climate Policy in a Binary World: Uttering and Other High Crimes and Misdemeanors

I take no pleasure in saying congressional Republicans--for the most part—are guilty of utter-ing untruths. Moreover, I recognize that all Republicans are not climate deniers, just as all Democrats are not environmental defenders.

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A Very Uncivil Notion: Climate Activism and the Party of Trump

It may sound strange to suggest the fate of President Biden’s climate agenda will parallel that of Liz Cheney, Wyoming’s at-large Republican congressional representative, but hear me out.

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Earth Day 2021: Awakened Not Woke

Spring is a time of awakening. This Earth Day, it seems with the ascendance of Joe Biden to the presidency—or at least with the absence of Donald Trump—the nation’s corporate and labor leaders are now awakening to the need and possibilities of a low-carbon economy. The truth is other.

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Juliana v. US: Children Standing at the Crossroads

Exercising my ‘reasoned judgment,’ I have no doubt that the right to a climate system capable of sustaining human life is fundamental to a free and ordered society. - US District Judge Ann Aiken