Time for Action: President Biden Must Follow Today’s Remarks With Bold Executive Climate Action

In response to President Biden’s remarks on climate in Somerset, Massachusetts, Evergreen Action Executive Director Jamal Raad released the following statement: 

“Today, President Biden promised the American people that he won’t take no for an answer on climate action. It’s time for him to back that up with ambitious, accelerated executive action––starting now. Congress’s failure to act means the president faces a much steeper climb to deliver on his climate commitments. To get there, this administration will need to use every tool at its disposal. All the resilience funding in the world won't save us if we don't mitigate the mounting crisis. That must include immediate action to deliver on the president’s promise to end fossil fuel leasing on America’s public lands and an accelerated timeline for tackling pollution in the power sector. The urgency of this moment cannot be understated—look no further than the over 100 million Americans under extreme heat warning today.

“In the coming days, weeks, and months, President Biden must take bold regulatory and executive action on climate that matches the urgency of the crisis we face. Climate change is happening now, and we have no option but to treat it like the emergency that it is. The time for speeches is over, it’s time for concrete action.”

This week Evergreen Action laid out five immediate next steps that President Biden can take to act on climate following Senator Manchin’s move to end Congressional action through reconciliation. Earlier this year, Evergreen detailed our full set of recommendations for the Biden administration to take executive action on climate change in 6 Ways President Biden Can Use Executive Action to Take on the Climate Crisis.