COUNTDOWN TO COP: President Biden Has Just 16 Days To Deliver On Climate

Evergreen Action Launches New Video & Begins Countdown To Crucial Climate Summit

When President Joe Biden and more than a dozen top administration officialsarrive at this year’s United Nations Climate Change Conference (aka COP26), they’ll be attempting to rebuild America’s credibility as a global leader in the fight against climate change after four years of climate denial under Donald Trump. To succeed, they need the Build Back Better Act with robust climate action investments signed into law.

Earlier this year, President Biden pledged to cut domestic greenhouse gas pollution at least 50% below 2005 levels by 2030—an ambitious target that he can hit only with bold and immediate legislative action. An analysis from Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s office found that passing the $3.5 trillion reconciliation package would reduce U.S. emissions by 45%, which would get us on track to fulfill the president’s commitments. Democratic leadership in both the House and Senate have emphasized their commitment to passing a bill before the end of the month, but if Congress fails to pass a reconciliation bill with robust climate investments by then, Biden will be forced to go to Glasgow empty-handed.

“To have a shot at reestablishing American leadership on climate, President Biden will need to be able to show that he can put his money where his mouth is—and he can’t do that without the Build Back Better Act in hand,” said Evergreen Action Executive Director Jamal Raad. “The clock is ticking. Congress has just 16 days to pass a reconciliation bill with the full suite of carbon pollution reduction investments in the Build Back Better agenda, or risk missing our last, best chance to collectively defeat this crisis.”