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Biden made climate change and clean energy development a key prong of his presidential campaign and his administration has hit the ground running, experts say. It started on Day 1 with moves to yank the Trump administration's approval of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline and rejoin the Paris climate agreement. It's continued through Biden's pledge last week to cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by at least half from 2005 levels by 2030.
On the legislative side, experts say an early test of Biden's energy agenda will be negotiations with Congress over any infrastructure bill. Democrats maintain a slim majority on Capitol Hill, and a recent $568 billion infrastructure proposal from GOP senators indicates there's a wide gulf between Republicans and the White House.
"The infrastructure bill will tell us a lot about how successful [Biden] can be building coalitions for these ideas," Haynes and Boone, LLP energy Partner Eddy Daniels said. "Do they go for 51 [Senate] votes, or do they go for 60 votes-plus? If they go for 51, maybe they can go bigger, but they're going to be at much more risk."
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