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Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The White House is using a multimedia public sales pitch and press strategy to promote a dual message: The bipartisan infrastructure plan has really good stuff for the climate — but it can’t be anywhere close to the final word from Congress.

Details: The administration has sent out a blitz of fact sheets and favorable press clippings to reporters.

The intrigue: The White House provided Axios its bullish take on the clean school bus provisions in the bill.

  • Officials are emphasizing $5.625 billion in funding for electric and low-emission school buses, with at least 50% of that funding going toward zero-emission school buses.
  • The administration estimates the investments will lead to more than 12,000 new electric school buses.
  • The White House says these buses would be made in the U.S., including at plants the president and vice president have visited in North Carolina and South Carolina.

Be smart: The bill wouldn't solely fund purely electric buses. The language also includes room to fund compressed natural gas or other low-emission power sources as well.

What they're saying: In a statement, national climate adviser Gina McCarthy told Axios: "These buses will be made here in America and create good paying union jobs all while making sure our students breathe cleaner air."

  • She also touted the demand they would drive for American-made batteries and vehicles.

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White House unveils landmark reports on climate links to security, migration

Photo Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios. Photo: John Moore/Getty Images

The Biden administration on Thursday released a sweeping set of assessments on climate change's threat to national security and its role in fueling migration.

Why it matters: One of the key products, a formal National Intelligence Estimate on climate change, marks the first time all 18 elements of the U.S. intelligence community have released a consensus report on the topic.

Oct 21, 2021 - Economy & Business

Carmakers rush to build batteries for electric vehicles

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Almost every week, another major automaker announces a billion-dollar-plus investment in battery manufacturing, and with it, thousands of new American jobs.

Why it matters: Eyeing President Biden's climate agenda, carmakers are racing to create a domestic battery supply chain to support their aggressive rollout of electric vehicles by the end of the decade.

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Unvaccinated athletes face 21-day quarantine at Beijing Olympics

Logos for the 2022 Winter Olympics at Yanqing Ice Festival in February 2021 in Beijing. Photo: Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

Athletes, staff members and journalists at the 2022 Beijing Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games who have not been vaccinated against the coronavirus will be required to quarantine for three weeks, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) outlined in its newly-published "playbooks."

Why it matters: The quarantine period is longer than the Games themselves, meaning vaccinations or an earlier arrival date will be required to participate in or cover the Games.