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What’s At Stake

The first week of the Biden-Harris administration saw many much-needed actions to put us back on track to achieve our climate and environmental goals. Join us in thanking the Biden-Harris administration for its bold action on behalf of the planet and its people.

In its first week, the administration:

  • Enacted a moratorium on new public land oil and gas leases
  • Rejoined the Paris Agreement
  • Placed a temporary moratorium all oil and gas activities in the Arctic Refuge
  • Started a thorough review of more than 100 of the Trump administration’s devastating rollbacks
  • Abandoned the Trump administration’s plan to censor science and undermine public health protections and made science-based decision-making a priority for the new administration
  • Committed to investing in communities of color that are disproportionately exposed to pollution 
  • Stopped the Keystone XL Pipeline 
  • Centered justice and equity in government decision-making.

While this start was encouraging, the work is far from over. We will engage with the administration as they take the many steps they committed to during their first week. We will of course be pressing them to do things they did not commit to during their first week, such as shutting down the Dakota Access Pipeline and restoring the Obama-era public lands coal leasing moratorium.

But to make further progress, it is important that the administration knows that you appreciate the early actions they have taken. Please join us in thanking President Biden for acting to create a better future. 

Joe Biden signs his first executive orders in the Oval Office on day one of his administration, January 20, 2021.
Evan Vucci / Associated Press

Joe Biden signs his first executive orders in the Oval Office on day one of his administration, January 20, 2021.

Your Actions Matter

Your messages make a difference, even if we have leaders who don't want to listen. Here's why.

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You level the playing field.

Elected officials pay attention when they see that we are paying attention.

They may be hearing from industry lobbyists left and right, but hearing the stories of their constituents — that’s your power.

Our legislators serve at the pleasure of the people who gave them their job — you. When you contact your elected official, you’re putting a face and a name on an issue. Whether or not you voted for them, they work for you, for the duration of their term.

Make sure your elected officials know whose community and whose values they represent. (Find your local, state, and federal elected officials.)

Your action is with us in court.

If a federal agency finalizes a harmful action, the record of public comments provides a basis for bringing them into court.

Throughout each of the public comment periods we alert you to, Earthjustice’s attorneys are researching and writing in-depth, technical comments to submit — detailing how the regulation could and should be stronger to protect the environment, our communities, and our planet.

We need you to join us — your specific experiences, knowledge, and voice are crucial to add to the Administrative Record through the comment periods.

Lawsuits we file that challenge weak or harmful federal regulations rely on what was submitted during the comment period. The court can only look at documents that are in the Administrative Record — including the public comments — to decide if the agency did something improper.

Your actions aid our litigation. Taking action and submitting comments during a comment period is substantively important.

It’s the law.

Federal agencies must pause what they’re doing and ask for — and consider — your comment.

Many of us may have never heard of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), but laws like these require our government to ask the public to weigh in before agencies adopt or change regulations.

Regulations essentially describe how federal agencies will carry out laws — including decisions that could undermine science, or weaken safeguards on public health.

Public comments are collected at various points throughout the federal government’s rulemaking process, including when a regulation is proposed and finalized. (Learn more about the rulemaking process.) These comments become part of the official, legal public record — the “Administrative Record.”

When the public responds with a huge outpouring of support for environmental protections, these individual messages collectively undercut politicians' attempts to claim otherwise.

What this means is each of us can take a role in shaping the rules our government creates — and ensuring those rules are fair and effective.