Biden’s energy chief Janet Granholm says the bottom on the climate agenda has shifted

“It’s a runaway dish. It’s a court dedicated to essentially making legislation from the bench, something conservatives have long criticized.”

Granholm is concerned that it has indicated the court is open to hearing future cases that could further limit the Biden administration’s efforts to act on climate change.

She acknowledged the difficulties the administration has faced getting legislation through the Senate, but said US partners she spoke to around the world “understand the political dynamics in the Senate and that it’s difficult ‘to get almost any law through’.

While the Biden administration once boasted about its trillion-dollar climate plans, it has highlighted its recent success in passing a bill that would give its department $62 billion ($91.5 billion) in funding for clean energy technologies would pass on to the next generation.

Turning to Europe, Granholm believes that Vladimir Putin’s “arming up” of his rich store of fossil fuels will eventually bolster the continent’s efforts to transition to a renewable energy system, just as she is satisfied that UK Energy Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng remains determined that to support ambitious zero-emission targets.

In Sydney on Tuesday, Granholm and Energy Secretary Chris Bowen signed an agreement to work together to accelerate the development of clean technologies. Granholm and International Energy Agency chief Fatih Birol pointed to the threat to global energy security posed by China’s increasing dominance in the supply chains of renewable energy resources and technologies.

“What we have seen in Russia is that it is very dangerous to have a supply monopoly because it will be armed or could be vulnerable to being armed.”

She said creating diversification in energy sources, particularly by working with like-minded nations like Australia, is a strategic strength.

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