Overnight Energy: White House Says Biparty Agreement Will Eliminate All Lead Pipes | House panel preliminary proposal includes $ 15.6 billion increase in domestic funds | Green groups turn to reconciliation package
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Today We examine the lead phase-out provisions in the bipartisan infrastructure deal, the House Appropriations Committee’s 2022 budget request for the EPA and Home Office, and the environmentalists lobbying plan for infrastructure.
GET THE LINE: White House says bipartisan deal will get rid of all lead pipes in the country
The bipartisan infrastructure deal reached last week will wipe out all lead pine trees and service lines across the country, according to a new White House memo, but it’s unclear how long that will take.
The note, from the director of the National Economic Council Brian Deese and Senior Advisor Anita Dunn, said the bipartisan framework “will replace 100% of the country’s lead pipes and service lines.”
White House press secretary Jen psaki also told reporters on Monday that “it will put Americans to work replacing 100% of our nation’s lead water pipes,” but would not give a deadline when asked how long it would take.
âDetails are very important here. Everything needs to be enshrined in the final legislation of the bill, but the president is clearly keen to do it as quickly as possible, âshe said when asked about the timeline.
What’s in the deal? : Overall, the package will spend $ 55 billion on “water infrastructure”, which will include the replacement of lead service lines.
That figure and others were originally announced last week as part of $ 579 billion in new infrastructure spending.
It was also announced that other funds would be earmarked for environmental purposes, including $ 7.5 billion for electric vehicle infrastructure and an additional $ 7.5 billion for electric buses.
However, the Deese-Dunn memo indicates that even more funding could be spent on infrastructure, listing the figure of $ 7.5 billion for electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure, but also saying that the package would invest “$ 7.5 billion in grants, plus additional funding of $ 7.5 billion at low cost, to build a nationwide network of electric vehicle chargers.” “
Read more about the announcement here:
INTERIOR DESIGN: House panel preliminary proposal includes $ 15.6 billion increase in interior funds
The House Appropriations Committee offers Home Office and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) funding increases Monday, but at slightly lower levels than proposed by the Biden administration for the interior.
The draft proposal for FY2022 includes $ 15.6 billion in discretionary Home Finance, which is $ 2.3 billion more than that adopted in FY2021 but $ 240 million less than the White House asked.
The draft proposal would also allocate $ 11.34 billion to the EPA, up $ 2.11 billion from the level adopted for fiscal 2021 and $ 110.8 million above demand. of the White House.
What are the specific numbers offered? : The Home Office’s request includes $ 1.6 billion for the Bureau of Land Management, $ 285 million more than the level adopted for fiscal 2021, but $ 26 million less than the request of the White House. It would also include $ 1.9 billion for the Fish and Wildlife Service, $ 301 million more than expected in fiscal 2021 and $ 32 million less than requested by the administration.
The EPA’s proposal includes $ 248 million for environmental justice initiatives, up $ 235 million from levels adopted in fiscal 2021. Of that amount, $ 148 million in programmatic funds would be used. to expand the agency’s capacity to integrate these considerations into all aspects of EPA’s work.
Learn more about the project here:
RECON OPERATION: Green groups shift their energy to a reconciliation package
Conservationists are focusing on a Democrat-led multibillion-dollar spending program after finding that a smaller bipartisan infrastructure deal would likely not include many of their priorities.
The bipartite agreement is expected to include some scaled down versions of President Bidenclimate proposals, but activists are optimistic that many of their goals can be achieved through a Democrats-only measure that is poised to move forward alongside the smaller $ 1.2 trillion package.
âOur eyes are on the prize,â Sierra Club’s living economy program director Ben Beachy told The Hill on Thursday.
“We are fighting for a bold big infrastructure package, and the way forward, as has been confirmed today, is the way of reconciliation, and that is certainly our goal,” he said. .
The story so far: During weeks of bipartisan negotiations, advocates have stressed that they view infrastructure as crucial to cross the finish line to the main climatic provisions.
The bipartisan deal announced Thursday is expected to include just $ 15 billion for electric vehicles and mass transit, compared to Biden’s original target of $ 174 billion.
He also appears to be omitting other Biden proposals, such as an incentive to modernize energy-efficient buildings and a clean electricity standard, which would require electricity providers to get all of their energy from clean sources by 2035.
Biden, however, said he also wanted to pursue a separate bill to pass through budget reconciliation, a process that would allow Democrats to bypass a GOP obstruction and pass the measure by a simple majority.
Learn more about the efforts here:
AT THE END OF TOMORROW:
- The House Science, Space and Technology Committee will hold a audience on the state of forest fire science
- House Energy and Commerce Committee to hold legislative session audience on bills related to climate, resilience and the electricity grid
- House natural resources committee to hold legislative session audience on water and conservation bills
WHAT WE READ:
Oil bankruptcies leave environmental cleanup to California taxpayers, Desert Sun Reports
Oregon lawmakers approve ambitious carbon reduction targets for the state’s energy grid, Oregon Public Broadcasting Reports
Judge dismisses defamation lawsuit against Trump EPA appointee, E&E news reports
Study: Climate lawsuits are not based on the latest scientific advances, Axios Reports
Seattle breaks another heat record, Seattle Times reports
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OUT OF TIME AND OUT OF TIME: Oh, the rats.