What to see when Biden places up an enormous Pittsburgh infrastructure plan this week

President Biden is expected to show his cards this week when it comes to energy and climate regulations. He will ask Congress to include these in a large infrastructure package.

Why it matters: Biden campaigned for large investments in carbon-free electricity, charging electric vehicles, climate-resilient infrastructure and more.

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Chances of moving a huge package like this are extremely rare and details have been lacking.

What’s next: His speech in Pittsburgh on Wednesday – and other information the White House may reveal – should provide more clarity on what he expects in the broader infrastructure proposal, which is expected to be well north of $ 1 trillion.

Needless to say, we’ll have a lot more later in the week, and here are a few things we’re watching …

The pitch: Biden is expected to promote the plan as a major employment package, but a release from research firm ClearView Energy Partners said it could also be part of a broader message about competition with China.

The particularities: Energy lobbyists of all kinds, activists, and others have a keen interest in seeing a variety of regulations, and not everyone will get away with it happily.

The strategy: It’s not yet clear how much Biden and Democrats will try to move forward through a budget vote (the filibuster-safe process that limits inclusion) or if there is an opening up to bipartisan dealings.

Lobbying and advocacy: The upcoming plan is the biggest opening to a comprehensive climate and clean energy package in a decade.

The story goes on

  • Axios’ Hans Nichols reports that Progressives are trying to sell the initiative with new cable TV commercials arguing that clean energy projects will immediately create thousands of jobs.

  • And Axios’ Andrew Freedman noted in the same story the stakes of this and other lobbying that will surround the bill.

  • There might be resistance to making infrastructure bills too climate-damaging unless the public sees clean energy spending as a win / win for jobs and the environment, Andrew notes.

Go deeper: Economists are optimistic about Biden’s $ 3 trillion infrastructure plan

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