Joe Biden has confirmed the key green appointments to his White House team that will lead his ambitious climate agenda after he takes over as President in January, promising the “trailblazing team will be ready on day one to confront the existential threat of climate change”. The new climate appointments are expected to play a key role in driving President-elect Biden’s pledge to transition the US into a net zero emissions economy by 2050, and to build a net zero energy system by 2035, in addition to re-joining the Paris Agreement. Former head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) during the Obama administration, Gina McCarthy, will take on the newly-created role of National Climate Advisor, which will see her coordinate domestic climate policy at the White House, Biden’s transition team confirmed last week. Former Obama-era staffer Ali Zaidi has been appointed as her deputy, with both expected to work closely with Biden’s climate envoy, former Secretary of State John Kerry, who has been put in charge of the USA’s global climate policy.
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The U.S. can get half of its electricity from renewables by 2030 — but it will take more than executive actions from the incoming Biden-Harris administration to get there. So finds a new report from Wood Mackenzie analyzing the investments and policy changes needed for the U.S. grid to reach 50 percent renewables by 2030. That’s not quite as aggressive as President-elect Joe Biden’s goal of a zero-carbon U.S. energy sector by 2035, but it’s still a lofty target that will require a radical reconfiguration of the country’s generation and transmission system to achieve.
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