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President Biden Just Told the World He Wants the U.S. to Lead on Climate. Here Are the Steps He Must Take Now.

This month, President Biden told the world that the U.S. is tackling climate change with clean energy investments, climate adaptation projects, and critical nature-based solutions at the 27th U.N. Climate Conference (COP27). To meet his climate and environmental justice commitments, the Biden administration must take immediate, bold, and equitable actions to urgently transition away from fossil fuels towards a zero-emissions, 100% clean energy future. 

Even with divided control of Congress, Biden still has significant tools for making climate progress in the next two years. Under his leadership, the executive branch can adopt rules, policies, and protections that catalyze climate solutions and aggressively rein in fossil pollution.

And you can help! The government is legally obligated to consider public comments in its decisionmaking about which policies to enact. Follow the links below to join us in calling on the Biden administration to:

  • End fossil fuel extraction on public lands and waters. Nearly 25% of the U.S.’s carbon emissions come from fossil fuels pumped or mined from public lands and waters leased to private corporations. 
  • Reject false climate solutions like carbon capture and dirty hydrogen. We must not invest in technologies that threaten to extend the life of fossil fuels and perpetuate the harms of pollution in overburdened communities.
  • Reject the fossil fuel industry’s dirty permitting deal and protect our bedrock environmental laws, which will be crucial to help equitably build our clean energy future. Congress shouldn’t even consider a law that gives handouts to the fossil fuel industry, let alone add it to must-pass legislation.
  • Enact strong standards for the oil and gas industry to cut toxic and greenhouse gas pollution. Reducing methane pollution from the oil and gas industry is the single fastest and most cost-effective way to slow the rate of warming today.
  • Clean up our transportation system, starting with electrifying the USPS fleet, and reducing emissions from heavy duty trucks and cars. Transportation is the largest source of climate pollution in the U.S., accounting for nearly 30% of greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Reduce energy demand from energy-intensive industries like fossil-fueled cryptocurrency mining. Unregulated crypto mining threatens our ability to reduce our dependence on climate-warming fossil fuels.
  • Stop the petrochemical buildout that threatens to extend a lifeline to fossil fuels. Our tax dollars should not be used to support Big Oil’s pivot to toxic chemicals. 
President Joe Biden speaks at the UNFCCC COP27 climate conference on November 11, 2022 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.

President Joe Biden speaks at the UNFCCC COP27 climate conference on November 11, 2022 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.

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