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Reproduced from Rhodium Group; Chart: Axios Visuals

The White House faces a big challenge as it promotes sweeping plans to steeply cut U.S. emissions this decade — and works to convince other countries it'll happen.

The big picture: Electricity sector emissions have been on a general downward trend as natural gas and renewables have shoved aside coal.

  • But reaching 100% carbon-free power by 2035 — a major pillar of Biden's agenda — is another matter entirely.
  • And until COVID-19 sent emissions down for tragic reasons, trends in other sectors were largely flat or moving up, per Rhodium Group data.

What we're watching: The Washington Post reports that top White House climate aides will meet today with the Edison Electric Institute, a big lobbying group for investor-owned utilities.

  • Biden's plan calls for a federal "clean electricity standard" — a mandate aimed at greatly expanding zero-carbon generation.
  • But its prospects in Congress are highly uncertain.

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Biden calls for massive climate and transit package

Photo illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

President Biden is asking Congress to approve hundreds of billions of dollars to remake transit, overhaul power grids and expand clean energy in a sweeping plan the White House says will fight climate change while outcompeting China.

Why it matters: The plan, if enacted, would be the most far-reaching federal investment to date in programs that would help curb greenhouse gas emissions. But it faces serious challenges in the closely divided Congress.

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Mar 31, 2021 - Economy & Business

Biden's clean energy infrastructure plan draws interest of lobbyists

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

President Biden's attempt to steer huge energy infrastructure plans through Congress and his wide-ranging executive agenda are together creating intense lobbying and advocacy efforts to shape the policies.

Why it matters: The new proposal for an energy infrastructure package is vastly larger than the roughly $90 billion for clean energy in the 2009 stimulus, and the constellation of interests in play is huge.

The startup that wants to disrupt big internet providers

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A new startup backed by funding from AOL founder Steve Case and Laurene Powell Jobs wants to break up broadband monopolies across the country.

Why it matters: Internet access has been crucial during the pandemic, but it's not ubiquitous, and it can be both slow and unaffordable in swaths of the country.