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Press Release | April 22, 2022

First Chapter of Multi-Part Climate Report Documents Executive Action Opportunities At Energy Department

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First Chapter of Multi-Part Climate Report Documents Executive Action Opportunities At Energy Department

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Max Moran, moran@therevolvingdoorproject.org

In honor of Earth Day, The Revolving Door Project released the first chapter of what will be a multi-part “Corporate Crackdown Project” series on what the Biden administration can do to tackle the climate crisis without Congress today. The report pays particular attention to ecologically destructive corporate misbehavior, and the opportunities available to the administration to strengthen safeguards, minimize corporate dilution of environmental regulation, and crack down on environmental crimes. 

This chapter focuses on the Department of Energy, while later chapters explore the opportunities available to the EPA, Departments of Agriculture, Interior, Justice and other executive branch agencies. 

“Through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, 60 new DOE programs as well as a dozen Research, Development, Demonstration, and Deployment (RDD&D) programs that develop energy technologies will receive funding. Top priorities for the DOE must include intensifying green energy research, setting stronger efficiency standards, and backstopping low-interest loans to clean energy companies.”

Report author Aidan Smith said: “The Department of Energy (DOE) has a crucial role to play in building a sustainable future. While Congress drags its feet on climate, the DOE can help lead the way on securing a just transition through unilateral measures. From financial support for clean energy projects to creating efficiency standards to reduce emissions, the DOE should not be overlooked in discussions of how the executive branch can respond to climate change.”

Read the Department of Energy chapter of the Climate Corporate Crackdown Project report here.

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IMAGE CREDIT: “Earth” by Kevin M. Gill is marked with CC BY 2.0.

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