Andrew Warren: President-elect Biden has made it plain that, on taking office, he will immediately ensure the US re-enters the Paris Agreement on climate change. He can make that decision without recourse to Congress, very simply because up until a few days ago, his country was already a member. The necessary constitutional procedures had been completed back in 2016. But as things stand, his room for manoeuvre on driving forward dramatic action on climate change will be restricted. Whilst his party, the Democrats, hold a substantial majority in the House of Representatives, it currently has two fewer members of the Senate than the Republicans. That party has held the Presidency for the past four years, as well as a majority in the Senate, during which almost nothing positive, and much negative, has happened to combat the threat of climate change.One possible chink of light for Biden is that there are still two vacancies in the Senate. Both are in Georgia, both have re-run elections on January 5. The results of these two elections will be critical for Joe Biden’s climate policy. Were the Democrats to win both, they would then have an effective majority in the Senate. Were the Republicans to win either of them, past experience is that Biden could well find any and all of his initiatives that require Congressional backing blocked on a partisan basis, almost regardless of the issue.
Business Green 30th Nov 2020 read more »
Earlier this month, efforts to build a jobs-rich nuclear weapons component factory in South Carolina reached a milestone that boosters hoped would keep construction plans on track over the next decade. The National Nuclear Security Administration finalized a study that said the factory would not have a major effect on the environment at the Savannah River Site, the 310-square mile weapons complex near Aiken that would house the plant. But the Nov. 5 announcement occurred at virtually the same time Joe Biden was in the process of winning the presidency — and as Biden prepares to take office in January, questions are surfacing about the factory’s future. President Donald Trump’s plans for the pit factory almost certainly will be reviewed by Biden to see if it’s worth continuing the effort as envisioned, say national defense experts and others who track issues at SRS. Depending on Biden’s priorities, plans for the SRS pit factory could be scaled back, slowed down or abandoned. The SRS factory could generate 1,000 jobs or more, preliminary estimates show.
The State 27th Nov 2020 read more »
Dramatic aerial photos of the massive nuclear. construction projects in South Carolina and Georgia have been released by the public interest organization Savannah River Site Watch. The photos of the three failed projects, two of which have been formally terminated, were taken by a local anonymous pilot who goes by the nom de avion High Flyer.
SRS Watch 30th Nov 2020 read more »