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Parts Per Billion is Bloomberg Law's environmental policy podcast. We cover everything from air pollution, to toxic chemicals, to corporate sustainability, and climate change. The reporters from our environment desk offer an inside look at what's happening at Congress, in the courts, and at the federal agencies, and help explain the scientific and policy debates shaping environmental laws and regulations. Host: David Schultz

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Parts Per Billion is Bloomberg Law's environmental policy podcast. We cover everything from air pollution, to toxic chemicals, to corporate sustainability, and climate change. The reporters from our environment desk offer an inside look at what's happening at Congress, in the courts, and at the federal agencies, and help explain the scientific and policy debates shaping environmental laws and regulations. Host: David Schultz

    What Manchin Got for Backing Democrats' Climate Bill

    What Manchin Got for Backing Democrats' Climate Bill

    Joe Manchin, the West Virginian who represents the crucial 50th Democratic vote in the Senate, surprised Washington last week with a dramatic about-face. Just weeks after rejecting his party's climate legislation, he reversed course and announced he'd reached a deal with Democratic leaders to send a climate bill to the president's desk.

    However, it later became clear that, in exchange for his support, Democrats granted Manchin numerous pro-fossil fuel provisions, including a measure that would essentially force the Biden administration to open up more federal lands for oil and gas drilling.

    On this week's episode of our environmental policy podcast, Parts Per Billion, Bloomberg Law reporter Bobby Magill joins us to break down the legislative horse trading that led to Manchin's reversal and also about whether environmental activists can stomach the latest additions to the bill.

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    • 15 min
    Manchin Likely Just Put an End to Big Climate Bills

    Manchin Likely Just Put an End to Big Climate Bills

    It's still technically possible for Congress to pass President Joe Biden's climate policy agenda sometime this year. But most people on Capitol Hill, including some Democrats, say Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.) just essentially delivered a death blow to this agenda last week.

    Though Democratic leadership already scaled down their climate legislation earlier this year to accommodate him, Manchin announced he couldn't support even this more modest package, citing this month's high inflation numbers.

    It's still possible Congress could send something to Biden's desk after it returns from its August recess. But Ari Natter, who covers energy on Capitol Hill for Bloomberg News, says Manchin's move likely closes the window on ambitious climate legislation for the rest of this year—and possibly for the rest of Biden's term. Ari joins us to explain why on our environmental policy podcast, Parts Per Billion.

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    • 12 min
    Can the Pentagon be Ready, Lethal, and Also Green?

    Can the Pentagon be Ready, Lethal, and Also Green?

    A group of 12 Republican senators criticized the Pentagon's Climate Adaptation Plan last year, saying its focus in that area distracts from its mission of fielding a "ready and lethal force."

    But the Defense Department, and its commander in chief, counter that the exact opposite is true.

    They contend its many climate initiatives—everything from shoring up flood-prone installations to electrifying its fleet of tanks and armored vehicles—actually make the military more capable, not less.

    On this episode of Parts Per Billion, our environmental policy podcast, Bloomberg Law reporter Stephen Lee talks with us about what the department is doing to both prepare for climate change and to reduce its own emissions, and about whether the charges that the agency is taking its eye off the ball have any merit.

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    • 14 min
    With PFAS Science, the More We Know, the Worse It Gets

    With PFAS Science, the More We Know, the Worse It Gets

    Scientists and environmental regulators have been studying PFAS for years now, but new details are still coming out that make these so-called "forever chemicals" seem even more hazardous than previously thought.

    Earlier this month, the EPA said it's unsafe to be exposed to essentially any amount of PFOA and PFOS, the two most well-known PFAS chemicals. The agency set a new non-binding health advisory for these two chemicals at less than one tenth of one part per trillion. The EPA's prior standards set in 2016 were thousands of times higher this and, furthermore, current PFAS sampling technology can only detect concentrations of four parts per trillion and above.

    Bloomberg Law chemicals reporter Pat Rizzuto joined our environmental podcast to talk about why the agency took this extraordinary step, where the science on PFAS chemicals is heading, and what this will mean for regulators grappling with this ongoing environmental problem.

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    • 14 min
    ESG Funds Are Finding It's Not Easy Being Green

    ESG Funds Are Finding It's Not Easy Being Green

    If it was ever easy to be the manager of an ESG fund, it certainly isn't any more.

    Demand for these environmentally friendly investment options is skyrocketing, but scrutiny from the Securities and Exchange Commission is increasing along with it. Late last month, BNY Mellon paid the agency $1.5 million to settle a claim that it misled investors about how it applies ESG principles to some of its mutual funds. Also, the SEC released proposed regulations imposing new requirements on funds that advertise themselves as ESG.

    Will all of this have a chilling effect that may halt or even reverse the rapid growth of this area of investing? To find out we, hear from two attorneys who represent fund managers that work on ESG investments.

    George Raine and Robert Skinner are partners at the firm Ropes & Gray who specialize in the financial services industry. They spoke with Bloomberg Law's Andrew Ramonas about why the SEC is doing what it's doing, and why it's more important than ever for ESG fund prospectuses to be bulletproof.

     

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    • 15 min
    PFAS Litigation May Bring Down More Companies

    PFAS Litigation May Bring Down More Companies

    DuPont, a company founded shortly after the turn of the 19th century, has gone through a merger and several spinoffs in recent years, still existing more or less in name only.

    And while there were many reasons for these moves, the weight of liability from the chemicals collectively known as PFAS undoubtedly played a factor.

    But DuPont isn't the only company that could be brought low by PFAS suits. Bloomberg Law's Andrew Wallender did a deep dive on PFAS litigation data and found that plaintiffs here are widening their scope and pursuing other companies, including, most prominently, 3M.

    On this episode of our environmental podcast, Parts Per Billion, Andrew speaks about what he learned from looking at this litigation data and how 3M and the other targets of these suits will try to defend themselves.

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    • 17 min

Customer Reviews

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duckstew1234567890 ,

A little disappointing

I’m a little disappointed in the recent episode from 1.13.21. Singling out Jay Leno to fit your narrative regardless of your parent company is irresponsible. Let’s address the actual issue with ethanol fuel does cause poor performance of the vehicle’s mechanics in many models of vehicles. And not just the classic models that Jay loves but in many modern vehicles as well.

What you’re failing to acknowledge here is that ethanol is supported as an initiative by several wealthy, big companies and sure may benefit the farmers to some degree but overall isn’t a prime fuel choice. There are better fuel alternatives that exist within the renewable energy sector but don’t have the same support as Ethanol.

It just overall made your podcast go down a notch for me. You showed your bias and I’m not sure listening will be the same.

Aa85667 ,

Excellent pod

Interesting topics, compelling host. Would definitely recommend.

Ponterbee ,

Subscribe This!

The most important new podcast to come out in years- I'll be waiting for each new episode with desperate impatience!

I used to think climate change happened some place else : where there's lots of snowfall, certain regions of Africa, or islands in the South Pacific ...

We just had the warmest winter ever here in Tucson- No snow covered the mountain tops to the north and east. The constant fluctuations in temperature have played havoc with our environment. The insects arrive with spring weather in early January, then get wiped out 36 hours later from another brief cold snap.

It's terrifying, it's real, and it's here. I'm just not very hopeful that the majority will be able to look around and wake up in time or not...

A vital podcast such as this can only help.

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