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© Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Joe Manchin (D-WV) speaks in a hearing at the Dirksen Senate Office Building on July 19, 2022 in Washington, DC. Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images
- Sen. Joe Manchin on Wednesday agreed to a slimmed down version of Biden's economic agenda.
- The deal includes climate spending and emission reductions goals praised by other Democrats.
- Manchin had previously indicated he would not support additional climate spending.
How Madison, Wisconsin, is accelerating climate action with renewable energy, recycling, and green job initiatives
- Madison, Wisconsin's government, residents, and organizations are making it more resilient to climate change.
- Renewable energy, electric city vehicles, and creating a climate-friendly economy are top priorities.
- Local nonprofits are also working to make housing more energy-efficient and to expand recycling.
- This article is part of a series focused on American cities building a better tomorrow called "Advancing Cities."
When she announced the city's Climate Forward agenda last April, Satya Rhodes-Conway, the mayor of Madison, Wisconsin, said the city had a "scientific imperative" to cut its carbon emissions in half by 2030, among other actions to combat climate change.
Manchin, Schumer in surprise deal on health, energy, taxes
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a startling turnabout, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Sen. Joe Manchin announced an expansive agreement Wednesday that had eluded them for months addressing health care and climate, raising taxes on high earners and large corporations and reducing federal debt. The two Democrats said the Senate would vote on the wide-ranging measure next week, setting up President Joe Biden and Democrats for an unexpected victory in the runup to November elections in which their congressional control is in peril. A House vote would follow, perhaps later in August, with unanimous Republican opposition in both chambers seemingly certain.
"Climate action is about improving air quality and public health, lowering utility bills for residents and businesses, and creating more opportunities for good-paying, high-quality jobs," she said. "I believe Madison is ready to accelerate climate action for the benefit of our community and our world."
The city has since stuck to Rhodes-Conway's word. Here's a look at some of the ways Madison's government, residents, and organizations are making it more resilient to climate change.
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Investing in clean energy for city operations
The city of Madison is aiming for 100% of the electricity needed for city operations to come from renewable sources, like solar power, by 2030 — and it's making progress. Now, nearly 75% of the electricity is renewably sourced.
Schumer rallies Democrats after surprise deal with Manchin
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer told fellow Senate Democrats on Thursday they now have an opportunity to achieve two “hugely important” priorities on health care and climate change, if they stick together and approve a deal he brokered with hold-out Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin. Schumer spoke at a private caucus meeting after the startling turnaround over an expansive agreement he and Manchin struck that had eluded them for months. The Democratic leader's comments were relayed by a person familiar with the meeting at the Capitol complex and granted anonymity to discuss it.
The city is also tracking municipal energy use, upgrading city buildings, and requiring new and renovated city buildings to be LEED-certified — a globally recognized standard for sustainability. So far, about 15 buildings are LEED-certified and more are under review.
"We want to make sure that we're walking the walk on the things that we want to see everyone doing," Jessica Price, Madison's sustainability and resilience manager that's housed in the mayor's office, told Insider.
That commitment extends to the city's fleet. Price said Madison is adding 50 electric vehicles, more than 100 hybrid vehicles, and a fully electric fire truck.
Expanding equity and accessibility with a new transit system
In 2024, Madison plans to launch a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system with zero-emissions buses, Price said. This system will focus on equity and accessibility by increasing the frequency of buses and expanding service to different parts of the city.
Basement talk, virtual handshake led to Manchin-Schumer deal
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin secreted themselves in a basement room at the Capitol. The two men had been wrestling for more than a year in long, failed rounds of start-and-stop negotiations over President Joe Biden's big rebuilding America package. But talks had jammed up — again. With the midterm elections near, control of Congress at stake, the president and his party were at the end of the line. © Provided by Associated Press Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., talks to reporters about the expansive agreement reached with Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.
The city is also adding bike lanes and bike paths and upgrading street crossings to improve access and connectivity. "We want to make it really easy for our residents to get around without driving a car," Price said.
Addressing flooding issues
Because it's located on an isthmus surrounded by lakes, Madison is vulnerable to flooding, Price said. In 2018, the area experienced 11 to 13 inches of rainfall in 24 hours, which caused widespread flooding. Price said unprecedented rainfall events will likely become more common, and the city needs to be prepared. Right now, it's focused on revising stormwater ordinances and conducting studies on how rain barrels, permeable pavements, and other green infrastructure can minimize flooding.
Making affordable housing energy efficient
Affordable housing stock tends to be older than other housing, so it often uses more energy. Madison is working with local nonprofits Sustain Dane and Elevate to make naturally occurring affordable housing (NOAH) more energy efficient.
The program, Efficiency Navigator, offers $10,000 to $20,000 to upgrade housing units with efficient lighting, better insulation and sealing, water conservation systems, and improved ventilation and HVAC systems. The project also includes an accelerator program to ensure contractors from diverse backgrounds get the opportunity to work on projects.
"The project is really important if we're looking to have an equitable and more climate-sound future," Claire Oleksiak, Sustain Dane's executive director, told Insider.
Advocates praise Schumer-Manchin climate deal, despite a possible short-term bump in oil, gas leases
The deal Demoractic Sens. Joe Manchin and Chuck Schumer brokered is heavy on tax credits and incentives to help build out the US clean energy sector.Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., the coal country lawmaker whose state economy depends on natural gas production, was never going to let that happen.
Helping businesses and residents become more sustainable
Helping local businesses with their own sustainability projects is another climate-forward initiative. The city-run MadiSUN program offers financial assistance to businesses and other organizations, as well as homeowners, to incorporate solar energy.
Sustain Dane also hosts Accelerate Sustainability Workshops to help businesses and individuals launch sustainability projects, like installing LED lightbulbs or solar panels or composting, and educates restaurants on finding solutions to food waste.
Reducing food waste and encouraging recycling
Reducing waste and recycling are other focus areas for Madison. The city has goals to reduce food waste and will launch a composting program at local farmers' markets with Sustain Dane in May. Residents can bring food scraps, which will be composted at nearby farms.
Sustain Dane works with local schools, too, on food waste audits to determine how much food is wasted from meals and what solutions, like menu changes, composting, or food-sharing, could reduce waste. Oleksiak said the organization also partners with school cafeterias on milk carton recycling programs and uses its Master Recycler program to educate residents about improving recycling and getting their family and friends involved.
A surprise deal struck by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Sen. Joe Manchin on a skinnier version of the president's economic agenda included some potentially major wins for the climate.
Manchin declines to say if he'll support Biden in 2024: 'I'm not getting involved in that'
"I'm not getting into 2022 or 2024. Whoever is my president, that's my president. And Joe Biden is my president right now," Manchin said on Sunday.During an interview on ABC's "This Week," the West Virginia Democrat told Washington correspondent Jonathan Karl that he didn't want to entertain questions regarding whether he'd back Biden if the incumbent president was renominated and stood for reelection.
The bill, which was announced Wednesday but has not yet been released, aims to address high inflation and deliver on some of President Joe Biden's promises, including tax reform and initiatives to address climate change, Insider's Joseph Zeballos-Roig reported.
The agreement would also include cutting carbon emissions 40% by 2030, with $369 billion to go toward energy and climate change programs, according to a fact sheet obtained by CNN.
The climate spending and emission reduction goal come after Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat, indicated earlier this month he wouldn't support additional climate spending, dealing a blow to the party's efforts to address the climate crisis.
But in a lengthy statement released Wednesday, Manchin said the deal, smaller than what other Democrats had wanted, would cut costs for Americans and invest in climate solutions.
"I support a plan that will advance a realistic energy and climate policy that lowers prices today and strategically invests in the long game," Manchin said.
He said the bill "does not arbitrarily shut off our abundant fossil fuels" but focuses on transitioning energy to more sustainable technologies and toward decarbonization.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi released a statement about the plan, which she also said includes a goal to reduce carbon pollution by about 40% by 2030.
"It is welcome news for House Democrats, who have fought relentlessly to lower the cost of health care, combat the climate crisis and ensure that the biggest corporations and the wealthiest pay their fair share," she said.
Other Democratic senators praised the deal for its climate provisions.
"Holy shit. Stunned, but in a good way," Sen. Tina Smith of Minnesota wrote on Twitter about the climate spending and emissions goal, adding that it was a big deal.
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island also celebrated the climate agreements.
"Democrats are about to take the biggest, most serious step in congressional history to lead our only planet to safety in the race against climate change. In doing so, we will also lower energy costs and begin to free ourselves from dependence on foreign despots," Whitehouse said in a statement, adding praise for Schumer successfully striking a deal.
He also said he would continue to fight for additional climate legislation, writing: "While this agreement appears to be a big step towards climate safety, it alone will not be enough to reduce emissions consistent with what science tells us we must do if we are to avoid the very worst effects of climate change."
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'Inflation Reduction Act': What you need to know about major effort to fight climate change .
In a stunning reversal from when he appeared to kill a climate deal just two weeks ago, U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin announced support for the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, a bill that would invest about $370 billion into policies aimed at reducing U.S. greenhouse gas emissions . That would make it the most substantial effort by the federal government to tackle climate change in history.Start the day smarter. Get all the news you need in your inbox each morning. A vote on the bill could come within a week, though supporters are bracing for any last-minute hurdles.