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What’s At Stake

As our country faces the intersecting crises of COVID-19, economic inequality, racial and environmental injustice, and climate change, we need bold and equitable solutions that match the scope of these challenges. President Biden’s American Jobs Plan is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to lay the foundation for a more just and sustainable future by combating the climate crisis and addressing environmental injustice. Join us in thanking President Biden for providing the leadership we desperately needed.

The plan moves us towards zero-emissions and 100% clean energy by making historic investments in a clean and modern power grid, electric vehicle infrastructure, healthy ports, and energy efficient homes and buildings. It addresses the toxic legacy of fossil fuels and environmental racism by cleaning up pollution in the most impacted communities. It acknowledges all communities have a right to clean water and provides sorely needed funding for water infrastructure, including for the removal of every lead water pipe in the country. The plan also holds polluters accountable by eliminating billions of dollars in fossil fuel industry subsidies and restoring payments to cover cleanup of toxic sites. And it jumpstarts our economy by creating new jobs in clean energy, natural climate solutions, and pollution clean-up

In this critical year for climate action, President Biden is restoring U.S. climate leadership and putting us on a path to meet our Paris Agreement goals. Please join us in thanking President Biden for investing in jobs, justice, and sustainability.

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.