Biden Bits: As Some Sort of Big Spender…

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When Biden Bits was posted for Thursday, President Biden had tweeted 1 time. He added 4 tweets giving him a Thursday Tweeting Total of 5 tweets and 0 retweets.

On Wednesday, the President and First Lady hosted a Pride event at the White House. The YouTube is 25 minutes and 26 seconds long. After his remarks he signed an Executive Order on; Advancing Equality for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex Individuals. His full remarks can be found here.

President Biden: (21:23) My order — my order will use the full force of the federal government to prevent inhumane practices of “conversion therapy.”  This is the first time — (applause) — this is the first time the federal government is leading a coordinated response against this dangerous, discredited practice.

From the linked above EO:

Sec. 3.  Addressing Exposure to So-Called Conversion Therapy.

(a)  The Secretary of HHS shall establish an initiative to reduce the risk of youth exposure to so-called conversion therapy.  As part of that initiative, the Secretary of HHS shall, as appropriate and consistent with applicable law:

(i)    consider whether to issue guidance clarifying for HHS programs and services agencies that so-called conversion therapy does not meet criteria for use in federally funded health and human services programs;

(ii)   increase public awareness of the harms and risks associated with so-called conversion therapy for LGBTQI+ youth and their families;  

(iii)  increase the availability of technical assistance and training to health care and social service providers on evidence-informed promising practices for supporting the health, including mental health, of LGBTQI+ youth, and on the dangers of so-called conversion therapy; and

(iv)   seek funding opportunities for providers of evidence-based trauma-informed services to better support survivors of so-called conversion therapy.

(b)  The Federal Trade Commission is encouraged to consider whether so-called conversion therapy constitutes an unfair or deceptive act or practice, and to issue such consumer warnings or notices as may be appropriate.

(c)  To address so-called conversion therapy around the world, within 180 days of the date of this order, the Secretary of State, in collaboration with the Secretary of the Treasury, the Secretary of HHS, and the Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development, shall develop an action plan to promote an end to its use around the world.  In developing the action plan, the Secretary of State shall consider the use of United States foreign assistance programs and the United States voice and vote in multilateral development banks and international development institutions of which the United States is a shareholder or donor to take appropriate steps to prevent the use of so-called conversion therapy, as well as to help ensure that United States foreign assistance programs do not use foreign assistance funds for so-called conversion therapy.  To further critical data collection, the Secretary of State shall instruct all United States Embassies and Missions worldwide to submit additional information on the practice and incidence of so-called conversion therapy as part of the Country Reports on Human Rights Practices.

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The full fact-sheet explaining the EO can be found in Wednesday’s Biden Bits.

The YouTube is 11 minutes and 10 seconds long. President Biden begins his remarks at the 3 minute and 2 second mark. The White House has not posted a transcription of his remarks yet.

President Biden: (3:59) You want to know why prices are so high? Well there are a number of reasons having to do Putin’s war in Ukraine, disruption caused by the pandemic, but one of the factors affecting prices is this: Nine major shipping companies consolidated into three alliances control the vast majority of ocean shipping in the world. And each of these nine is foreign owned. During the pandemic these carriers increased their prices by as much as 1000 percent-1000 percent.

President Biden: (7:00) What this bill does is extend the authority something the federal company–the–of the federal–what the federal government calls the federal maritime commission, which a lot of people don’t know exists but it’s important which requires our ocean–trend–which regulates our ocean transportation system allowing them to crackdown on these excessive fees and prohibiting ocean carriers from refusing to carry U.S exports.

The summary of the bill can be found in Thursday’s Biden Bits.

The above comes from remarks he gave on June 14th, 2022, at the AFL-CIO Convention. The YouTube is 36 minutes and 48 seconds long. His full remarks can be found here.

President Biden: (18:30) And, by the way, Republicans like to portray me as some kind of big spender.  We have spent a lot of money, but let’s compare the facts.  Under my predecessor, the deficit exploded, raising — rising every single year.  And all of the benefit going to the top 1 percent, basically. Under my plan, last year we cut the deficit by $350 billion, doing all this. 

For Friday, June 17th, 2022, President Biden has received his daily brief. This morning he’s already hosted the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate. The President and First Lady will depart the White House this morning and head to Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.

And lookie there, the text boxes copy and paste in boxes…

7:30 AMThe President receives the President’s Daily Brief
The White HouseClosed Press
8:00 AMIn-Town Pool Call Time
The White HouseIn-Town Pool
8:30 AMThe President hosts the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate where he reaffirms U.S. leadership to galvanize actions that strengthen energy security, enhance global food security, and tackle the climate crisis by 6:30 am]
South Court AuditoriumIn-House Pool and Pre-Credentialed Media Spray at the Top [RSVP here by 6:30 AM]
11:00 AMThe President and The First Lady depart the White House en route Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
South LawnOpen Press
11:55 AMThe President and The First Lady arrive in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
Biden Beach House, Rehoboth Beach, DEOut-of-Town Poo

The White House posted the following fact-sheet: President Biden to Galvanize Global Action to Strengthen Energy-Security and Tackle the Climate Crisis through the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate

President Biden today will reconvene leaders of the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate (MEF) to galvanize actions that will strengthen energy security, enhance the resilience of global food security, and tackle the climate crisis.  These actions are all the more urgent following Russia’s further invasion of Ukraine, which has disrupted energy markets, strained economies with rising prices, and threatened vulnerable countries with severe food shortages. 

At today’s meeting, President Biden’s third MEF convening since taking office, world leaders will raise ambitions and followed the United States leadership, joining new efforts and initiatives aimed at tackling the climate crisis while advancing energy-security and food-security, including:

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  • Global Methane Pledge Energy Pathway: Tackling methane leaks from the oil and gas sector by capturing wasted gas and bringing it to market — bolstering our energy-security and climate goals;
  • Collective 2030 Zero-Emissions Vehicle Goal and Green Shipping Challenge: Putting more zero-emission vehicles on the road and decarbonizing ocean-based shipping — reducing emissions in the transport sector while breaking our dependence on volatile oil markets and prices;
  • Clean Energy Technologies Demonstration Challenge: Speeding the commercialization of new technologies — enabling us to break dependence on other unabated, volatile fossil fuels and advance the clean energy transition; and
  • Efforts to Enhance Food Security: Increasing fertilizer efficiency and alternatives — reducing agriculture emissions while bolstering global food security.

The major economies that compose the MEF together account for roughly 80 percent of global GDP and global greenhouse gas emissions.  Leader-level MEF meetings convened by President Biden in April and September 2021 contributed to the progress achieved at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Glasgow (COP 26), where new commitments and initiatives brought the world much closer to keeping a 1.5-degree Celsius limit on warming within reach.

The MEF meeting will continue President Biden’s consistent engagement with leaders since Glasgow to further accelerate climate action, including at the recent meeting of the Quad, the U.S.-ASEAN Special Summit, the launch of the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity, and this month’s Summit of the Americas.

Citing a recent round of international scientific assessments urgently underscoring the narrowing window for decisive action, President Biden will urge leaders to step up their climate efforts and to achieve further progress at COP 27 this November in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.  He will emphasize that the market disruptions triggered by the Ukraine crisis underscore the urgency of accelerating the clean energy transition — to alleviate both climate and energy security risks — and enhancing the resilience of the global food system.

To this end, several countries are expected to announce new 2030 emission targets as part of their nationally determined contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement, with many intending to strengthen their existing 2030 NDC targets before COP 27.  Leaders will also join collective efforts launched by President Biden across the energy, transportation and agriculture sectors, as described below.

The President will underscore that as we come together to reduce emissions, we must also continue to drive progress on adaptation.  To this end, President Biden and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi will announce that the United States and Egypt will partner on an Adaptation in Africa event, focusing on tangible steps to improve people’s lives and build climate resilience.

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Increasing Energy Security and Reducing Near-Term Warming by Capturing Flared, Vented, and Leaked Methane in the Oil and Gas Sector

Every year, the world flares, vents, or leaks an amount of natural gas equivalent to over one-third of Russia’s annual gas production.  At the same time, the International Energy Agency (IEA) estimates that nearly half of the oil and gas sector’s methane emissions can be captured and utilized at no net cost.  Methane emissions account for more than half of net warming to date, and rapidly reducing them is the most effective strategy to avoid near-term warming.  Stronger action in the oil and gas sector is the fastest and most cost-effective way to cut global methane emissions, with the potential to avoid nearly 0.1-degree C of warming by mid-century—equivalent to eliminating the greenhouse gas emissions of the entire road transport sector.  These steps have the dual benefit of increasing global gas supplies from existing production, simply by capturing gas that is otherwise wasted and bringing it to market. 

At the September 2021 MEF meeting, the United States and the European Union invited other countries to join them at COP 26 in launching the Global Methane Pledge (GMP) to reduce global anthropogenic methane emissions at least 30 percent below 2020 levels by 2030.  And today, building on the success of the GMP, the United States and the European Union invited countries to join the new GMP Energy Pathway, to advance global climate progress.  The GMP Energy Pathway aims to encourage all nations to capture the maximum potential of cost-effective methane mitigation in the oil and gas sector, and to eliminate routine flaring as soon as possible, and no later than 2030.  Participating countries commit to support these efforts by providing new technical and financial resources and/or by enhancing domestic project and policy action.  The initiative will bring together some of the most significant global gas producers and consumers in the world.  To support the GMP Energy Pathway, the United States will provide $3.5 million in technical assistance through the Global Methane Initiative, and intends to support a transfer of at least $1.5 million remaining in the Pilot Auction Facility to the World Bank Global Gas Flaring Reduction Partnership.

Domestically, the U.S. is continuing its progress in reducing oil and gas methane emissions across the value chain, supporting American gas companies in cutting emissions and saving consumer costs.  Building upon the new source performance standards and emissions guidelines proposed in November 2021, the Environmental Protection Agency will issue a supplemental proposed rule for public comment in 2022 to reduce methane and other air emissions from new and existing oil and gas facilities.  The Department of Interior is evaluating new regulations to reduce the wasteful flaring and venting of gas produced on public lands.  The Department of Transportation is developing a comprehensive set of safety-related regulations that aim to reduce methane emissions from gas pipeline systems that stretch from production-related gathering lines, through trunk line transmission pipelines, and into local distribution pipelines.  In addition, new funding provided under the Bipartisan Infrastructure law is enabling the Department of Transportation to spend $1 billion on replacing unsafe and leaking gas distribution pipelines.

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Raising $90 Billion for High-Priority Demonstration Projects This Decade

Achieving net-zero emissions by 2050 requires developing and scaling innovative clean technologies not yet commercially available.  The IEA’s Net Zero by 2050 roadmap identifies at least $90 billion in public investments needed by 2026 for large-scale clean energy technology demonstration projects around the world to be completed this decade.  Investing in the first several commercial-scale demonstrations of transformative technologies during this decade will enable their large-scale deployment to achieve global net-zero emissions by midcentury in every sector of the economy, including heavy industry and long-distance transport.  Targeted technologies could include, for example, clean hydrogen, carbon dioxide removal, grid-scale energy storage, industrial decarbonization and carbon capture, advanced nuclear, advanced clean fuels, and next-generation offshore wind.  

At the MEF meeting, the President will challenge other countries to join the United States in supporting a collective goal to reach the $90 billion in public investment recommended by the IEA.  These public investments will leverage additional private investments and advance innovative technologies already in demand by the world’s largest companies through the First Movers Coalition launched by the United States and the World Economic Forum.  The President will invite interested countries to come prepared to announce specific investment levels at the Global Clean Energy Action Forum that the United States is hosting this September in Pittsburgh, along with preliminary action plans identifying how they will deploy these technologies to promote an inclusive and equitable transition.

Under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law signed by President Biden, the United States is devoting $21.5 billion to high-priority clean technology demonstration projects.  And just last week the President invoked the Defense Production Act to boost manufacturing of electrolyzers that will be used to produce clean hydrogen and the Department of Energy recently issued a loan guarantee to construct one of the world’s largest clean hydrogen storage facilities.

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Reducing Emissions and Dependence on Volatile Oil Markets by Accelerating Zero-Emissions Vehicle Deployment

Achieving net zero will require a profound transformation of other sectors, including transportation.  To keep a 1.5 C limit within reach, the global market share of zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) must reach at least 50 percent of new light-duty vehicle sales by 2030.  In some advanced economies, transportation is the single-largest emitting sector and vehicle purchases are causing rapid emissions growth in many developing economies.

Accelerating the deployment of ZEVs will also have the additional benefit of reduced oil dependence — enhancing energy security and insulating economies from price volatility driven by geopolitical and other supply disruptions.  Accelerated ZEV deployment will also improve public health by reducing emissions of conventional pollutants.

With the support of automakers, labor, and states, President Biden earlier this year set a goal of ZEVs – including battery electric, fuel cell electric, and plug-in hybrid vehicles – achieving 50 percent of all new light-duty U.S. vehicle sales in 2030.  At the MEF, the President will invite participants to join the United States in a collective goal of 50 percent ZEVs by 2030.  By accelerating action in key markets, this collective goal will help speed a fully global transformation of the automotive sector.  Other countries are invited to join the ZEV deployment goal on the road to COP 27.

To advance this goal in the United States, the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Transportation have, working closely together, finalized stronger vehicle standards through 2026 and are now considering ambitious standards to at least 2030.  The Biden Administration is also implementing the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to deploy $7.5 billion in funding for a national network of electric vehicle chargers and more than $7 billion to build a strong domestic battery supply chain and create high-quality jobs.

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Catalyzing Action This Decade to Decarbonize Ocean-Based Shipping

Emissions from the shipping sector are significant, rising, and on a trajectory incompatible with the goals of the Paris Agreement.  If shipping were a “country,” it would be the world’s eighth-largest emitter.  At COP 26, many countries, recognizing the urgency of reducing emissions from the shipping sector, joined the Declaration on Zero Emission Shipping by 2050 and the Clydebank Declaration supporting the establishment of green shipping corridors.  The United States will also announce that it is co-leading the Zero-Emission Shipping research Mission in Mission Innovation together with Norway and Denmark.  Further efforts on shipping decarbonization followed at the recent Our Ocean Conference co-hosted by the United States and Palau.

To build on these efforts, the United States and Norway will announce the launch of a Green Shipping Challenge for COP 27.  This initiative encourages governments, ports, maritime carriers, cargo owners, and others in the shipping value chain to come forward with concrete steps that will help put the international shipping sector on a credible pathway this decade toward full decarbonization no later than 2050.  These could include, for example, steps to produce zero-emission fuels; develop zero-emission bunkering and recharging capabilities; deploy low- or zero-emission vessels; and create, or provide financial and technical support for green shipping corridors.  President Biden will invite leaders to express their support for the Green Shipping Challenge and to announce specific actions under the initiative at COP 27.

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Strengthening Food Security and Reducing Agriculture Emissions by Advancing Fertilizer Efficiency and Alternatives 

Russia’s further invasion of Ukraine has shocked the global food system, showing just how vulnerable it is to disruption.  Wheat and fertilizer prices have increased more than 40 percent in some regions, exacerbating food insecurity concerns globally.  Even before the invasion, food and fertilizer prices were rising as a result of the combined effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, climate-related impacts, armed conflicts, and low supply-chain resilience.  Climate-driven food security shocks will continue to cause food scarcity and suffering if steps are not taken to increase food system resilience. 

Inability to access fertilizer hampers agricultural productivity in many low-income countries, while in most major economies, more than 50 percent of fertilizers do not reach the intended crop.  A 10 percent reduction in global fertilizer loss and waste would free up more than the total amount of mineral fertilizer used by all African countries.  In addition, nitrogen fertilizer production consumes up to 4 percent of global natural gas supply; increasing fertilizer efficiency in the short term and transitioning to more affordable alternatives in the medium term will reduce natural gas dependence.  Steps to increase the adoption of innovative, alternative, and efficient fertilizer and cropping practices will alleviate pressure on fertilizer and natural gas supplies, increase fertilizer availability, lower nitrous oxide emissions, and reduce food insecurity globally.  

In recent months, as part of a continuing effort to add resilience to the agriculture and food supply chains, the United States has established a $500 million program to support innovative and sustainable U.S. fertilizer production and has strengthened support to farmers for the use of precision agriculture and other techniques to improve fertilizer use efficiency.

To spur broader efforts, President Biden will invite countries to join the United States in launching the Global Fertilizer Challenge with the goal of raising $100 million in new funding by COP 27.  The Global Fertilizer Challenge will support innovative research, demonstrations, and training to help countries with high fertilizer usage and loss adopt efficient nutrient management and alternative fertilizers and cropping systems.  It will be implemented in partnership with the Agriculture Innovation Mission for Climate, which now has over 200 government and non-government partners.

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President Biden has tweeted…

He has tweeted 1 time so far for Friday.

The YouTube is 10 minutes and 3 seconds long. The White House has not posted his full remarks just yet.

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