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Cars make their way toward downtown Los Angeles on Thursday. California could regain the right to set its own vehicle emissions standards after the Environmental Protection Agency announced it was moving to curb a Trump-era policy that sought to erode the state's previously held power. Mario Tama/Getty Images hide caption

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White House Is Preparing To Give Back California's Smog-Busting Powers

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A Honda SUV E prototype is displayed during the 19th Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition in Shanghai on April 20. Honda says battery-powered SUVs will be a key part of its plan to sell exclusively zero-emissions vehicles by 2040. Hector Retamal/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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U.S. President Joe Biden speaks during the virtual Leaders Summit on Climate in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, April 22, 2021. Biden pledged to cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030 as he convenes world leaders in a virtual summit intended to demonstrate renewed American resolve to fight climate change. Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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U.S. Renews Its Commitment To Addressing Climate Change

President Biden is hosting dozens of world leaders for a virtual climate summit on Thursday and Friday. The administration is trying to regain ground lost by pulling out of the Paris climate agreement during the Trump administration. The Biden team is promising dramatic cuts in greenhouse gas emissions in the next several decades. Rhitu Chatterjee talks with NPR climate reporters Rebecca Hersher and Lauren Sommer.

U.S. Renews Its Commitment To Addressing Climate Change

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Is Your Home At Risk From Climate Change? Here's How To Know

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Electric vehicles at a charging station last year in San Mateo, Calif. The governors of 12 states, including California, have called on President Biden to order that all cars and light trucks sold in the U.S. after 2035 be zero-emission vehicles. David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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A gas pump nozzle is seen at a Miami gas station in 2018. Some activist shareholders are pushing companies to tie executive compensation to meeting climate targets. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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Some CEOs Are Hearing A New Message: Act On Climate, Or We'll Cut Your Pay

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Fears are rising about whether supplies of batteries can keep up with the expected surge in the production of electric vehicles. Pictured here is a close-up of individual battery cells contained in a battery pack module for a Lucid Motors electric vehicle. Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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As Auto Industry Goes Electric, Can It Avoid A Battery Bottleneck?

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Shawn Steffee is business agent at Boilermakers Local 154 in Pittsburgh, and worries a transition to clean energy could cost him pay and hurt his pension. Reid Frazier/The Allegheny Front hide caption

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Biden Says His Climate Plan Means Jobs. Some Union Members Are Skeptical

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People in Tokyo protest a decision to start releasing into the ocean massive amounts of treated wastewater from the Fukushima nuclear plant. The plant was damaged in a 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Eugene Hoshiko/AP hide caption

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Japan To Dump Wastewater From Wrecked Fukushima Nuclear Plant Into Pacific Ocean

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A driver uses a fast-charging station for electric vehicles at New York's John F. Kennedy Airport on April 2. As part of President Biden's $2 trillion infrastructure plan, $174 billion would go to supporting the production of electric vehicles in the U.S. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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President Biden, whose infrastructure plan includes $174 billion to boost electric vehicle sales and production, has been pulled into a global trade dispute over the fate of lithium ion battery factories in Georgia that threatens his EV goals. David Zalubowski/AP hide caption

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Betting Big On Electric Vehicles, Biden Faces Fraught Decision On Ga. Battery Plant

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Michael Regan speaks during his confirmation hearing in February to be the Environmental Protection Agency administrator. In an NPR interview Thursday, Regan says technology that helps eliminate emissions is key to tackling climate change. Caroline Brehman/AP hide caption

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EPA Chief Says Biden Infrastructure Bill Will Help The U.S. Face Climate Change

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Giant icebergs float in the fjord in the southern Greenland town of Narsaq, the site of a controversial Australian-led uranium and rare-earth mining project. The open-pit mine has divided opinion on the island, which goes to the polls on Tuesday. NORDFOTO/AP hide caption

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Sean Hawksford trying to buy a house. Sean Hawksford hide caption

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Two Indicators: Boomtown & Bye Bye

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U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg speaks to Amtrak employees Feb. 5 during a visit at Union Station in Washington, D.C. In a Thursday interview with NPR's Morning Edition, he said not making infrastructure investment would be a "threat to American competitiveness." Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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Buttigieg Says $2 Trillion Infrastructure Plan Is A 'Common Sense Investment'

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Workers improve a busy highway intersection in Miami. President Biden is proposing roughly $2 trillion to invest in the nation's infrastructure. His plan includes improvements for roads, bridges, transit, water systems, electric grids and Internet access. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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Electrical power line towers are seen in Los Angeles in August. Overdue power bills have mushroomed during the pandemic as job losses mounted and power consumption soared. Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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'Fiasco Waiting To Happen': Millions At Risk Of Losing Power Over Unpaid Bills

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Three of Deepwater Wind's turbines stand off Block Island, R.I., in 2016. The Biden administration is pushing for a sharp increase in offshore wind energy development along the East Coast. Michael Dwyer/AP hide caption

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The Sea Star 1, owned by the Tanzanian Zan Ferries, docked on Monday at the port in Pemba, Mozambique. The vessel has been used to evacuate people, mostly foreign gas workers, from fighting in Palma, Mozambique. Alfredo Zuniga/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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