In First Six Months, Biden Has Laid The Groundwork For Vital Climate Action

More Legislative & Executive Action Is Needed To Fulfill Biden’s Climate Mandate

On the eve of the six month mark of Joe Biden’s presidency, Evergreen Action Executive Director Jamal Raad released the following statement: 

“In his first six months in office, President Biden has built a strong foundation for bold climate action—but the next six months will determine whether he makes history as the Climate President, or fails to meet this moment. Because of his leadership, we have begun to undo the damage done by the Trump administration, every agency in the federal government now has a mandate to act on climate, and Congress is poised to pass transformative infrastructure legislation that will set us on the path to decarbonize our entire economy.

“President Biden has already taken critical steps to launch a whole-of-government response to climate change and reestablish America’s global leadership in this fight, but there is more work to do to avoid the worst consequences of this crisis. He should continue to scale up his use of existing authorities to engage every level of the executive branch to defeat climate change, and use his bully pulpit to encourage leaders in Congress to enact his legislative agenda to create millions of jobs in an economy run on 100% clean energy.

“The reconciliation infrastructure package moving through Congress now is the most significant climate legislation our country has seen in over a decade. This time around, we can’t allow fossil fuel industry influence and Republican obstruction to stand in the way. The Biden administration must keep up the fight to pass a robust reconciliation bill that will help us meet the president’s climate targets and deliver the clean energy economic recovery that the American people voted for.”