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How’s Biden Doing on the Climate Crisis?

Earthjustice’s attorneys and policy experts rated his administration's progress.

Biden's Climate Scorecard: green dot = major progress, yellow dot = some progress, red dot = little / no progress
Samantha Lee / Earthjustice

President Biden has made bold commitments on climate and environmental justice. Halfway through his first term, we’re holding him and his administration accountable for keeping those promises. Earthjustice’s attorneys and policy experts rated Biden’s progress on goals that the U.S. must achieve — and soon — if we want to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. The verdict: Though there are reasons to celebrate, the president still has much work to do in his first term.

Check out the scorecard below to see the policy areas where Biden is already moving us toward a just and sustainable future — and the ones where his administration needs a push.

Climate Goal Rating
Accelerate the transition away from fossil fuels Little / No progress
End new oil and gas leasing and reject coal lease renewals on federal land little / no progress little / no progress
Stop a massive fossil fuel infrastructure buildout, including exports and pipelines little / no progress little / no progress
Protect the Arctic from drilling some progress some progress
Stop taxpayer dollars from going to fossil fuel lifelines like petrochemicals, carbon capture, and dirty hydrogen little / no progress little / no progress
Regulate energy intensive industries like proof-of-work cryptocurrency mining little / no progress little / no progress
Move towards zero-emissions and 100% clean energy Some progress
Invest big in clean energy and electrification major progress
Accelerate transmission infrastructure in an equitable way some progress some progress
Fill the vacancy at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission little / no progress little / no progress
Secure strong energy efficiency standards some progress some progress
Electrify the U.S. Postal Service major progress major progress
Advance just and equitable climate solutions Some progress
Direct 40% of climate investment benefits to the communities most impacted by pollution some progress some progress
Make sure frontline communities have a say in projects that impact their health and well-being little / no progress little / no progress
Defend Tribal sovereignty, respect treaty rights, and improve consultation some progress some progress
Change the way we use land to be a part of the solution Some progress
Protect forests that absorb climate pollution some progress
Invest in climate-friendly agriculture resources for farmers major progress major progress
Ensure bioenergy initiatives provide real climate benefits some progress some progress
Strengthen health and environmental protections Some progress
Clean up coal ash major progress some progress
Strengthen methane pollution standards for the oil and gas industry some progress some progress
Strengthen soot and smog pollution standards little / no progress little / no progress
Cut carbon and hazardous air pollution from power plants little / no progress little / no progress