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‘America Is Back’ Pelosi Says at Glasgow Climate Talks

Ms. Murkowski, in an interview, said she, like other Republicans, did not intend to vote for the $1.85 trillion bill that contains the president’s climate agenda. But she said she did not object to clean-energy tax credits, calling them a “safe zone” of climate policy.

The presence of Republicans was a shift from 12 years ago when Senator James Inhofe, Republican of Oklahoma, traveled solo to a U.N. climate conference in Copenhagen to object to climate science and declare “there’s not a chance in the world” America will pass legislation to tackle global warming.

Senator Brian Schatz, Democrat of Hawaii, said at the summit he has been encouraged by the number of Republican lawmakers who are willing to discuss serious climate policy. The bottom line, though, is that United States needs to reduce the use of fossil fuels, he said.

“If you don’t agree on that, then you’re playing word games,” Mr. Schatz said.

President Biden has made climate action central to his presidency. If the pending legislation passes, analysts say, it will get the United States about halfway to the president’s targets. The rest will depend on a combination of things that are outside of Mr. Biden’s control, like the markets and regulations that could be overturned by the courts or reversed by a future administration

Michael S. Regan, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, said in an interview Tuesday that he would begin to announce before the end of the year a“suite” of new policies to draw down emissions from electric utilities. After transportation, the power sector is the second-largest source of emissions in the United States.

The Supreme Court is poised to weigh whether the E.P.A. has the authority to regulate the emissions of greenhouse gases. The decision from the conservative-leaning court could deliver a blow to the agency’s ability to tackle climate change. Mr. Regan said he was not planning to wait for a ruling before issuing new power plant regulations.

“We have pens to paper right now,” he said.

Ms. Ocasio-Cortez said the United States and other developed nations must take even greater action on global warming.

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