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Biden Tasks Kerry To ‘Reimagine’ National Security As Climate Envoy

President-elect Joe Biden is tasking former Secretary of State John Kerry, who he has tapped as a presidential climate envoy, to “reimagine” U.S. national security amid an existential climate crisis by assembling a foreign policy team that is being asked to view global threats as interconnected.

Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE), ranking member on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, is pushing for Congress to approve three environmental bills during the lame-duck session, including carbon capture legislation and an energy bill that contains a bipartisan deal to phase out a potent class of greenhouse gases.

EPA has formally begun communications with President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team, ending weeks of delay after the Trump administration contested Biden’s victory, with one former top agency official expressing optimism that Biden’s team is well prepared to manage the shift in control of the agency.

The new 28-member Zero Emissions Transportation Association (ZETA), the first industry coalition calling for a complete transition to all-electric vehicle (EV) sales within the decade, is crafting an agenda that will seek to pull “all levers” to achieve the sweeping target.