Washington, D.C. — In anticipation of President Joe Biden’s expected executive action on climate today, the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) issued the following statements from President Gene Karpinski and Board Chair and former EPA administrator Carol M. Browner:
“This is the single biggest day for climate action in more than a decade, and what makes it all the better is that President Biden and Vice President Harris are just getting started!” said LCV President Gene Karpinski. “We’re thrilled that this administration is taking a whole of government approach that puts bold climate action, clean energy, and environmental justice at the heart of their domestic and foreign policy agenda.”
Karpinski continued, “Today’s actions help deliver on their historic commitments to set our country on a path to 100 percent clean energy by 2035, protect 30 percent of our lands and ocean by 2030 and stop reckless giveaways of those lands to oil and gas CEOs, address environmental injustice, ensure that 40 percent of all investments are directed to frontline communities and communities of color, create high-quality jobs, restore the role of science in decision-making and more. This is what the record number of voters who overcame historic barriers to elect President Biden and Vice President Harris are counting on.”
Karpinski concluded, “Congress must complement these executive actions with bold legislation that puts our economy on a path to recovery by making transformative investments in healthy, equitable, safe communities powered by clean energy.“
“President Joe Biden is taking unprecedented actions and sending an unmistakable message to the world that the United States is back and serious about tackling the climate crisis,” said LCV Board Chair and former EPA administrator Carol M. Browner. “President Biden’s comprehensive approach will uplift all communities, especially disadvantaged communities that suffer from pollution first and worst, and drive economic growth and job creation fueled by clean energy. It truly is a new day for climate action and with these first important steps President Biden is implementing a climate policy course correction based on science and grounded in equity and justice.”
LCV laid out its initial policy priorities for the Biden administration and 117th Congress ahead of the president’s inauguration. Today’s actions deliver on many of the organization’s goals for the first 100 days.
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