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Qualifying Carbon Capture and Storage under 45Q: How Biden’s Infrastructure Plan and Congressional Action May Provide a Realistic Role for CCS in Achieving Net Zero

This post is the 17th in our series, “The ABCs of the AJP.” President Biden’s American Jobs Plan (AJP) sends strong signals in support of carbon capture and sequestration as an important tool to achieve the President’s ambitious decarbonization objectives.… Continue Reading

Pioneering a Net Zero Emissions Future through Investments in Power

This blog is the sixteenth in a series, “The ABCs of the AJP.”  The American Jobs Plan (AJP) envisions moving to 100 percent carbon pollution-free power by 2035.  To do this, the Plan contemplates sweeping updates to the power sector to increase use of zero-emissions electricity and modernize the physical infrastructure to make it cleaner, … Continue Reading

Optimism Abounds for Offshore Wind

This is the fifteenth in our series on “The ABCs of the AJP.” Historically, offshore wind has made up a very small percentage of America’s total electricity generation portfolio.  The winds of change are blowing, though, as the Biden Administration’s American Jobs Plan (“AJP”), among other federal actions, signals a new commitment to harnessing this … Continue Reading

Nuclear Power – Can Advanced Technology Make this Baseload Power Source be the Lowest Cost, Low Carbon Solution?

This is the fourteenth in our series, “The ABCs of the AJP.” President Biden’s American Jobs Plan (“AJP”) seeks to assist the development of advanced nuclear power generation as part of a more general goal of developing advanced energy technologies. The AJP states that doing so will help the United States achieve 100 percent carbon-free … Continue Reading

Made in America: Spurring Domestic Job Creation and Production Through Buy America Rules and Beyond

This post is the 13th in a series, “The ABCs of the AJP.” As made clear by its name, the Biden Administration intends for its “infrastructure” plan to be a jobs plan.  As is also apparent from the Administration’s proposal, it views requirements to ensure that goods are actually made in America as critical to … Continue Reading

Lines, Labor and Leveraging Capital: How the AJP Would Upgrade Transmission Infrastructure

This blog is the twelfth in our series, “The ABCs of the AJP.” Power lines, strung between high-voltage transmission towers, are etched across the American landscape. Yet the United States’ current transmission infrastructure is outdated and inefficient, plagued by bottlenecks and weak interconnections across regions, which limit the grid’s ability to integrate renewable generation and … Continue Reading

Kids and a Sustainable Future

This is the eleventh in our series on the “ABCs of the AJP.” America’s kids are the beneficiaries of many of the provisions of President Biden’s Jobs Plan, and several of the proposals would benefit them and their caretakers specifically.  Children have become a focus point of discussions about climate change, because absent intervention they … Continue Reading

Jumpstarting A Cleaner, More Resilient Economy With Jobs

This is the tenth in our series on “The ABCs of the AJP.” Jobs, unsurprisingly, are at the heart of the Biden Administration’s ambitious, multi-trillion dollar infrastructure plan.  After all, the plan also goes by the name The American Jobs Plan (“AJP”).  Each of the sweeping goals of the AJP—from addressing climate change, to developing … Continue Reading

Infrastructure Reimagined: From Roads and Country to People and Planet

This post is the ninth in a series, “The ABCs of the AJP.” Virtually every president since Franklin D. Roosevelt has pursued a national “infrastructure” project of some kind.  From the New Deal and the Federal-Aid Highway Acts, which created today’s interstate highway, to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the federal government … Continue Reading

Grid Modernization and Greenhouse Gases

This blog is the seventh in a series, “The ABCs of the AJP.” Grid Modernization and Resiliency Grid modernization and resiliency are critical and intertwined issues that only grow more important as climate change increases the frequency and severity of extreme weather events. As the Biden Administration notes in its American Jobs Plan fact sheet, … Continue Reading

Finding the Common Ground for Forests

This blog is the sixth in a series, “The ABCs of the AJP.” One of the key underpinnings of the case for climate legislation is the idea that natural and working lands will suffer without swift and meaningful action. President Biden’s American Jobs Plan (AJP) proposes to “protect and, where necessary, restore nature-based infrastructure – … Continue Reading

Ending Environmental Injustice with Infrastructure Investment

This blog is the fifth in a series, “The ABCs of the AJP.” President Biden’s American Jobs Plan (AJP) would mobilize $2.2 trillion in investment to address climate change and create jobs for Americans. According to the White House, “unlike past major investments, the plan prioritizes addressing long-standing and persistent racial injustice,” in part by … Continue Reading

Distributed Energy Resources

This is the fourth in our series on “The ABCs of the AJP.” The White House’s recent announcement of the American Jobs Plan (AJP) highlights the establishment of a “$27 billion Clean Energy and Sustainability Accelerator to mobilize private investment into distributed energy resources.”  While distributed energy resources (DERs) are only mentioned once in the … Continue Reading

The Climate Crisis and China

This blog is the third in a series, “The ABCs of the AJP.” An animating principle of President Biden’s American Jobs Plan (AJP) is the urgency to address climate change.  But a cross-current is competition with China.  This comes through not as subtext, but as the stated purpose.  According to the White House, “the President’s … Continue Reading
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