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Special Policy News #6: The Transition

In this issue:   Biden Infrastructure Plan Includes Funding for Natural Infrastructure, Scientific Infrastructure $2 trillion plan includes $50 billion to create a new technology directorate for NSF. Lawmakers Introduce Competing Proposals to Increase Science Funding House Science Committee bill crease a new Science and Engineering Solutions directorate at NSF. Senate Confirms Biden’s Pick for Deputy Secretary of Energy, Biden…

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Special Policy News 5: The Transition

In this issue: Biden Picks Ecologist to Lead Climate Science Work, Senate Confirmed EPA administrator and Interior Secretary Former NOAA administrator and ESA president Jane Lubchenco joins the Biden administration. National Academies: U.S. climate research must target urgent risks, consequences Report calls on the U.S. government to shift the focus of climate change research from long-term natural consequences to how…

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Special Policy News 4: The Transition

In this issue   Senate Confirms Agriculture, Energy and Commerce Secretaries, Advances Interior Nomination Tom Vilsack, Jennifer Granholm and Gina Raimondo join Biden’s cabinet. Rep. Deb Haaland (D-NM)’s confirmation appears likely. House Democrats Introduce Bill to Reach Net-Zero Emissions by 2050 The legislation is similar to a bill introduced in 2020. Congress Congress passed $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package including…

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Special Policy News 3: The Transition

In This Issue: White House National Climate Task Forces Meets for the First Time New Climate Innovation Working Group will work towards an Advanced Research Projects Agency – Climate Congress House Science Committee and House Natural Resource Committee announces Committee leadership. Executive Branch Acting U.S. Geological Survey Director rescinded memo restricting how agency scientists use climate change models and data….

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Special Policy News 2: The Transition

Special Policy News 2: The Transition In This Issue: Biden Cabinet Nominees Advance Through the Senate Senate Environment and Public Works Committee holds confirmation hearing for EPA administrator nominee. Biden Administration Tackles Climate Change, Issues Scientific Integrity Memorandum, Pledges to Conserve 30% of Lands and Waters by 2030 and more Orders create the White House Office of Domestic Climate Policy…

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Biden Administration Tackles Climate Change, Issues Scientific Integrity Memorandom, Pledges to Conserve 30% of Lands and Waters by 2030 and more

Following his day-one actions committing the U.S. to rejoining the Paris Agreement, cancelling the KeystoneXL pipeline and more (see ESA Policy News, Jan. 25, 2021), President Joe Biden signed another executive order “tackling the climate crisis at home and abroad” Jan. 27, as part of a series of ‘Climate Day’ announcements. The order creates the White House Office of Domestic…

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ESA Statement on Science in the Biden Administration

Jan. 25, 2021 “The Ecological Society of America is in full support of President Joe Biden’s bold actions to restore the central role of science in guiding policy and decision making that is research and evidence-based. As a country, we face many challenges: the COVID-19 pandemic, accelerating impacts of climate change, and racial, economic and environmental injustice to name but…

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Special Policy News 1: The Transition

Special Policy News 1: The Transition In This Issue: ESA Statement on Science in the Biden Administration “The ecological community stands ready to work together with the Biden administration by providing scientific expertise to further inform equitable and evidence-based policy decisions.” President Biden Takes Office, Orders Review of Trump Environmental Regulations Biden’s first actions as president include rejoining the Paris…

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Policy News: December 7, 2020

 The Katherine S. McCarter Graduate Student Policy Award Applications are now being accepted. ESA is now accepting applications for its 2021 Katherine S. McCarter Graduate Student Policy Award. Offered each year, this award gives graduate students science policy training and opportunities to meet with lawmakers on Capitol Hill. Visit the ESA website for more information and details on application requirements. The deadline…

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Policy News: November 23, 2020

In This Issue: President-elect Biden Announces Transition Team Agency review teams include many Obama administration alumni. Inform Science Policy Recommendation for President-elect Biden’s Administration ESA asks for your assistance in creating a list of federal science-related priorities. ESA Webinar — Science in President-elect Biden’s Administration The webinar recording in now available. Memos Outline Climate Policy for the New Administration Biden…

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