Biden Outlines a Plan for Cleaner Jet Fuel. But How Clean Would It Be?

Some biofuels may contribute to greenhouse gas emissions in ways that can significantly reduce, and sometimes offset, their advantages over fossil fuels, studies have shown.

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From 4% to 45%: Biden Sets an Ambitious Plan for Solar Energy

The administration has offered only a broad outline of its plan, and many of the details will be decided by congressional lawmakers.

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Resistance to Vaccines in the Southern States

Readers offer personal glimpses of life in the South. Also: Senators who tested positive for Covid; Afghanistan’s lesson; hydrogen and the climate.

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Are ‘Heat Pumps’ the Answer to Heat Waves? Some Cities Think So.

Electric heat pumps are a way to cool and heat homes at a much lower carbon cost than traditional air-conditioners and furnaces.

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House Passes Bills to Bolster Scientific Research, Breaking With Senate

The legislation would invest in traditional research and development, clashing with a broad Senate measure that focuses on cutting-edge technology to compete with China.

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Senate Passes Bill to Bolster Competitiveness With China

The wide margin of support reflected a sense of urgency among lawmakers in both parties about shoring up the technological and industrial capacity of the United States to counter Beijing.

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Biden Administration Moves to Unkink Supply Chain Bottlenecks

A swath of recommendations calls for more investments, new supply chains and less reliance on other countries for crucial goods.

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Senate Weighs Investing $120 Billion in Science to Counter China

The legislation has drawn bipartisan support amid the coronavirus pandemic as Democrats and Republicans have become increasingly concerned about Beijing’s supply chain dominance.

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What Can the DOE Actually Do on Climate?

President Biden’s nominee to lead the Department of Energy would control powerful levers to promote clean-energy technologies, though that’s not the agency’s only job. Still, here are five possible steps.

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The Business Rules the Trump Administration Is Racing to Finish

From tariffs and trade to the status of Uber drivers, regulators are trying to install new rules or reduce regulations before President-elect Joe Biden takes over.

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Biden’s Climate Team Begins to Take Shape

The president-elect is expected to pick Gina McCarthy, a former E.P.A. chief, as White House climate coordinator. Jennifer Granholm, a former Michigan governor, is said to be his choice for the Energy Department.

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Biden to Pick Jennifer Granholm, Former Michigan Governor, for Energy Secretary

Ms. Granholm is widely credited with steering her state through a recession and working with the Obama administration on a bailout of the automobile industry.

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Meet Biden’s Energy and Climate Cabinet Contenders

President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s energy and environment team will have the difficult task of crafting climate policies that can bypass Congress and survive judicial review.

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Top Contenders for Biden’s Cabinet Draw Fire From All Sides

Lists of names of those the president-elect is said to be considering are flying across Washington, prompting lawmakers and interest groups to raise questions about some top contenders.

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The Age of Electric Cars Is Dawning Ahead of Schedule

Battery prices are dropping faster than expected. Analysts are moving up projections of when an electric vehicle won’t need government incentives to be cheaper than a gasoline model.

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Intel Slips, and a High-Profile Supercomputer Is Delayed

The chip maker was selected for an Energy Department project meant to show American tech independence. But problems at Intel have thrown a wrench into the effort.

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U.S. Companies Vie for Funds in Race to Build Rare Earths Industry

The Trump administration is encouraging development of a domestic industry to produce critical metals now dominated by Chinese companies, but few players show clear long-term promise.

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Despite Coronavirus, Federal Workers Head to the Office

Federal employees are being ushered back to office buildings under inconsistent and conflicting reopening plans, against the wishes of leaders in the nation’s capital.

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A New Superpower Competition Between Beijing and Washington: China’s Nuclear Buildup

The Trump administration is portraying the small but increasingly potent Chinese arsenal — still only one-fifth the size of the United States’ or Russia’s — as the big new threat.

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A War Against Climate Science, Waged by Washington’s Rank and File

Efforts to block research on climate change don’t just come from the Trump political appointees on top. Lower managers in government are taking their cues, and running with them.

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