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"With support from federal lawmakers, changes under a President Biden could be more sweeping. While bipartisan backing for climate action is growing, Republicans on Capitol Hill remain resistant to wide-reaching policies. But clean energy has long enjoyed support from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.
Regardless of whether Democrats win back the Senate in November, thus creating the potential for more significant climate legislation, Biden may be able to sign on both parties to certain clean energy initiatives, such as an extension of tax credits or research and development programs. Biden advocates often point to the former vice president’s history of working across the aisle.
'My former boss has a well-established record of bringing people together (in Congress) to get big things done,' said Kerry Duggan, a sustainability consultant and Biden adviser who served on the Biden-Sanders climate task force, in an email.
It will most likely be that track record of cooperation that helps Biden get any type of clean energy support passed that is tied to broader stimulus efforts, which will be an early priority of any presidential administration, as uncertainty abounds in current talks.
Biden has been 'very clear' in connecting economic and clean energy priorities, said Boundary Stone’s Hurlbut, suggesting that Biden might work with Congress on something similar to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act if elected.
'I saw firsthand Vice President Biden leading the Recovery Act, where we invested $90 billion into clean energy,' Hurlbut told Greentech Media. 'He witnessed firsthand that those investments had a major positive impact on the economy.'"