This is the single biggest day for climate action in more than a decade.
Today, President Biden signed a series of executive orders and memoranda that place climate justice at the center of the administration’s agenda. These orders are just the start of the Biden-Harris administration’s all-of-government approach to address the climate crisis and the interrelated crises of the Covid-19 pandemic, economic inequality, and racial injustice.
Over the past 10 days, President Biden has taken sweeping and swift executive actions including:
- Reentering the United States into the Paris Climate Agreement
- Undoing the more than hundred rollbacks on environmental and public health protections
- Stopping the Keystone XL pipeline & halting the drilling process in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
- Creating a White House National Climate Task Force to coordinate a full-government response that spans more than 20 federal agencies and departments and host a world climate leaders’ summit on Earth Day
- A directive to center the climate crisis in U.S. Foreign Policy and take national security considerations into account when developing climate policy
- A moratorium on new oil and gas leases on federal lands and waters
- A commitment to a ten-year goal of conserving 30% of our nation’s land and ocean by 2030
- Commiting to a goal of 100% clean electricity by 2035
- A directive to federal agencies to lead by example in purchasing carbon pollution-free electricity and clean, zero-emission vehicles, and boosting high-quality, union jobs in the U.S. by requiring those purchases be made in America
- Elevating environmental justice as a top priority through creating the White House Environmental Justice Interagency Council and Environmental Justice Advisory Council, launching a “Justice40” initiative to deliver 40% of the overall benefits of relevant federal investments to low income and communities of color hit hardest by pollution, climate change, economic distress
- Creating an interagency working group chaired by Gina McCarthy and National Economic Council head Brian Deese to help coal, oil and gas and power plant communities reduce toxic pollution and rebuild their economies
- A start to the work needed to address systemic racism through orders that enforce fairer housing policy, end the Justice Department’s contracts with private prisons, condemn racism toward Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and more.
LCV is thrilled to see the Biden-Harris administration take early, decisive action to address our nation’s biggest crises, which was made possible in part by your support for our work. The investment you made in LCV and our affiliated entities helped us to push the Biden-Harris campaign to commit to the most ambitious climate action and clean energy platform of any presidential ticket in history.
With little time left to avert a climate catastrophe, there is still much more to be done. Under the pro-climate action leadership of Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Congress must deliver on President Biden’s climate and clean energy plans by passing a green and just economic recovery bill very early in 2021.
This is an ambitious goal, but never before have we had leadership in the White House and Congress as committed to implementing climate action and achieving environmental justice as we do today. We can secure even more progress, but we can’t do it without you.
LCV needs your continued support and investment in our work to successfully push our elected leaders to live up to their promises and meet the demands of the people for climate justice now.
Thank you for all you’ve done these past few years to bring about the climate and clean energy progress we are seeing today. Together, we will secure even more decisive climate and environmental justice action in the year ahead.
League of Conservation Voters