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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 ran on bold commitments to combat the climate crisis. Now, as we face climate disasters across the country, 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
Restore U.S. climate leadership Major progress
Rejoin the Paris Agreement major progress major progress
Set ambitious climate and environmental justice goals major progress major progress
Appoint climate leaders to the cabinet major progress major progress
Keep fossil fuels in the ground Little / No progress
End new oil and gas leasing and reject coal lease renewals on federal land little / no progress little / no progress
Stop new fossil fuel infrastructure, exports, and pipelines like Dakota Access and Line 3 little / no progress little / no progress
Protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from drilling some progress some progress
Move towards zero-emissions and 100% clean energy Some progress
Set ambitious goals for clean electricity and transportation some progress some progress
Invest big in clean energy and electric vehicles major progress
Restore energy efficiency standards some progress some progress
Advance just and equitable climate solutions Some progress
Create an environmental justice advisory council major progress major progress
Invest in the communities most impacted by pollution some progress some progress
Defend Tribal 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
Restore and strengthen methane pollution standards some progress some progress

President Biden proposed a sweeping plan to rebuild our country’s infrastructure in a way that advances climate and environmental justice. Now Congress has a historic opportunity to make the transformative investments we need. Tell your member of Congress it’s time to invest in a pollution-free, 100% clean energy economy.