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U.S. President Joe Biden speaks with Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as they meet during the Ninth Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles, California, U.S., June 9, 2022.

REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

US green subsidies pushback to dominate Biden's Canada trip

As Ottawa prepares for a two-day visit by President Joe Biden starting Thursday, Canadians have been speculating about whether he will do something to stop the northward flow of border crossings by undocumented migrants at Roxham Road, Quebec.

That problem is grabbing headlines, but it is nothing next to the border challenges the Americans face, and the Canadians likely have more important requests for Biden. Behind the scenes, the government is focused on getting Americans to help mitigate the impact of the Inflation Reduction Act, the largest climate spending package in US history, which could lead to the loss of capital and jobs from Canada.

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Annie Gugliotta & Jess Frampton

Hard Numbers: Clean power beats coal, Biden’s border problem, more Afghan funds frozen, NBA back in China

38: Clean energy sources — such as solar, wind, hydro, nuclear, and bioenergy — generated 38% of the world’s electricity in 2021. It’s the first time renewables jumped ahead of coal, which accounted for 36% of global electricity generation last year.

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2021 in review: The year in US politics

2021 in review: The year in US politics

Joe Biden has had a pretty rough 2021. (Join the club, amirite?)

Over the course of his first year in office, the president’s net approval ratings dropped from +17 to -8. While the administration did score a few own goals, a lot of Joe’s woes come down to bad luck and the fact that it’s hard to get stuff done in a country as divided and dysfunctional as the US—no matter who the president is.

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Asylum seekers wait for a meal at a migrant camp where social distancing is difficult to practice in Matamoros, Mexico.

REUTERS/Veronica G. Cardenas

Migrants on the move

"We are on pace to encounter more individuals on the southwest border than we have in the last 20 years. We are expelling most single adults and families. We are not expelling unaccompanied children." So said US Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas earlier this week. US Customs and Border Protection reports an average of 565 children traveling alone now crossing the border per day, up from 313 last month.

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