Washington, D.C. – Today, in response to President Biden’s Earth Day remarks in Washington and week of action leading up to Earth Day, the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) released the following statement from President Gene Karpinski:
“Today, President Biden made it crystal clear – his pen is ready and he is ready to get this done. As we saw this week, the Biden-Harris administration continues to prioritize growing our clean energy economy and workforce, lowering costs for families, protecting our forests, responsibly building climate-smart infrastructure, and reducing climate pollution. With rising inflation, high gas prices, and Putin’s unprovoked and inhumane war, there is no doubt we are in a challenging moment. But time is running out and federal climate legislation is essential to hit our necessary and ambitious climate goals.
“As we said in our letter to the President yesterday, this is a legacy defining moment. We are depending on this administration to do everything they possibly can to work with the Senate to swiftly pass a reconciliation package that puts the U.S. on the path to real energy independence while cutting emissions in half by 2030 and building an equitable, inclusive, and just future for all. We are all in to get these transformational investments we need in climate, clean energy, justice, and jobs passed into law. Together we can and must get this done.”
Yesterday, CEOs from the some of the nation’s top environmental, environmental justice, and public health groups urged President Biden to keep his promise to urgently act on climate by finalizing a deal to pass into law the $555 billion in climate, justice, jobs, and clean energy investments that the House of Representatives approved last November. The letter can be found here.