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From coastal towns and rural farms to urban centers, climate change poses an existential threat – not just to our environment, but to our health, our communities, our national security, and our economic well-being. It also damages our communities with storms that wreak havoc on our towns and cities, and our homes and schools. It puts our national security at risk by leading to regional instability that will require U.S military-supported relief activities and could make areas more vulnerable to terrorist activities.

Joe Biden knows there is no greater challenge facing our country and our world. That’s why he is outlining a bold plan – a Clean Energy Revolution – to address this grave threat and lead the world in addressing the climate emergency.

Biden believes the Green New Deal is a crucial framework for meeting the climate challenges we face. It powerfully captures two basic truths, which are at the core of his plan: (1) the United States urgently needs to embrace greater ambition on an epic scale to meet the scope of this challenge, and (2) our environment and our economy are completely and totally connected.


Please go to LAWS & LITIGATION on this website where the three branches of government are covered. You will find information there –within LEGISLATIONEXECUTIVE and JUDICIAL on the CABINET he has assembled, the EXECUTIVE ORDERS he has issued, and more specific actions relating to both the outgoing Trump administration and the incoming Biden administration.

The Washington Post, much as it did for the Trump Administration, is keeping track of Biden’s environmental actions here.



FACT SHEET: Biden Administration Releases Agency Climate Adaptation and Resilience Plans from Across Federal Government

The Biden-Harris Administration released plans developed by more than 20 federal agencies that outline the steps each agency will take to ensure their facilities and operations adapt to and are increasingly resilient to climate change…

FACT SHEET: Biden Administration Advances the Future of Sustainable Fuels in American Aviation

President Biden is taking steps to coordinate leadership and innovation across the federal government, aircraft manufacturers, airlines, fuel producers, airports, and non-governmental organizations to advance the use of cleaner and more sustainable fuels in American…

Tracking Biden’s environmental actions

After less than a month in office, President Biden has already made climate change a priority across the federal government and started working to overturn more than 100 environmental actions taken by the Trump administration.

MEMORANDUM: on Restoring Trust in Government Through Scientific Integrity and Evidence-Based Policymaking

Scientific and technological information, data, and evidence are central to the development and iterative improvement of sound policies, and to the delivery of equitable programs, across every area of government.  

EXECUTIVE ORDER: on the President’s Council of Advisors on Science & Technology

As directed in the Presidential Memorandum of January 27, 2021 (Scientific Integrity and Evidence-Based Policymaking), it is the policy of my Administration to make evidence-based decisions guided by the best available science and data.  

EXECUTIVE ORDER: on Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad

The United States and the world face a profound climate crisis.  We have a narrow moment to pursue action at home and abroad in order to avoid the most catastrophic impacts of that crisis and…

Fact Sheet: President Biden Takes Executive Actions To Tackle The Climate Crisis At Home And Abroad

Today, President Biden will take executive action to tackle the climate crisis at home and abroad while creating good-paying union jobs and equitable clean energy future, building modern and sustainable infrastructure, restoring scientific integrity and…

THE BIDEN PLAN: For a Clean Energy Revolution And Environmental Justice

Joe Biden knows there is no greater challenge facing our country and our world. That’s why he is outlining a bold plan – a Clean Energy Revolution – to address this grave threat and lead…

EXECUTIVE ORDER: Protecting Public Health and Environment and Restoring Science to Tackle Climate Crisis

Our Nation has an abiding commitment to empower our workers and communities; promote and protect our public health and the environment; and conserve our national treasures and monuments, places that secure our national memory.

FACT SHEET: Listing Agency Actions for Review, in accordance with the following Executive Order: “Protecting Public Health and the Environment and Restoring Science to Tackle the Climate Crisis.”

This is a non-exclusive list of agency actions that heads of the relevant agencies will review in accordance with the Executive Order: “Protecting Public Health and the Environment and Restoring Science to Tackle the Climate…

STATEMENT: Accepting, on Behalf of the United States of America, the Paris Climate Agreement

I, Joseph R. Biden Jr., President of the United States of America, having seen and considered the Paris Agreement, done at Paris on December 12, 2015, do hereby accept the said Agreement and every article…


Biden’s Fed nominees questioned on climate issues at confirmation hearing

By Rachel Siegel   02/03/22  
Sarah Bloom Raskin, Lisa Cook and Philip Jefferson testified Thursday before the Senate Banking Committee

Biden’s focus on environmental justice led to a year of progress — and burnout

By Darryl Fears   01/27/22  
As he prepared to embark on “the most ambitious climate and environmental justice agenda ever pursued” in Washington, President Biden tapped one of the nation’s foremost experts on the topic to lead his historic effort.

Biden’s offshore wind plan is also a jobs plan

By Neel Dhanesha   01/19/22  
The United States’ struggling power grid is finally getting some major upgrades. Last week, the Biden administration announced a plan that, among other efforts, will aim to bring more sources of clean energy online and…

Biden names Sarah Bloom Raskin as Fed’s top banking regulator

By Courtenay Brown and others   01/14/22  
President Biden will nominate Sarah Bloom Raskin as the Federal Reserve's top Wall Street cop, a Biden administration official said, one of three nominees being unveiled for the critical open seats on the central bank's…

One Year In: Tracking President Biden’s Progress on 46 Executive Climate Action Campaign P

By Lena Moffitt and Trevor Dolan   01/14/22  
President Joe Biden ran and won on the most comprehensive climate agenda of any presidential nominee in U.S. history—and pledged a suite of executive actions to leverage existing authorities to enact bold climate action. After…

DOE Announces $420 Million to Advance Clean Energy Breakthroughs at Energy Research Centers Across America

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced a $420 million funding opportunity for DOE’s Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRC). This funding will advance climate solutions through early-stage research on clean energy technology, advanced and…

Biden administration to hire 1,000 workers for ‘Clean Energy Corps’

By Rachel Frazin   01/13/22  
The Biden administration is hoping to hire more than 1,000 workers to help with climate change solutions as part of a newly announced “Clean Energy Corps.” Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said in a video announcing…

The Biden Administration Takes Action on Toxic Coal Ash Waste

By James Bruggers   01/12/22  
The Biden administration on Tuesday took its first significant move toward corralling lingering and widespread problems with the toxic ash produced by coal-fired power plants, one of the nation’s most prominent long-term environmental health legacies…

DOE Invests $13.4 Million to Combat Plastic Waste, Reduce Plastic Industry Emissions

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced $13.4 million in funding for next generation plastics technologies that reduce the energy consumption and carbon emissions of single-use plastics. The seven selected research and development (R&D)…

Biden ‘over-promised and under-delivered’ on climate

By Lisa Friedman   01/04/22  
As the new year opens, President Biden faces an increasingly narrow path to fulfill his ambitious goal of slashing the greenhouse gases generated by the United States that are helping to warm the planet to…

DOE Establishes New Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations Under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced the establishment of the Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations, a new DOE office that will help deliver on President Biden’s bold climate agenda, create new, good-paying jobs…

New Biden rule reducing climate emissions from cars and SUVs reverses major Trump rollback

By Dino Grandoni , Faiz Siddiqui and Anna Phillips   12/20/21  
The Biden administration finalized a rule Monday to cut climate pollutants from new cars and light trucks, which will keep billions of tons of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere and change the kinds of…

Biden signals Build Back Better may be delayed until next year

By Steve Holland and Eric Beech   12/16/21  
U.S. President Joe Biden on Thursday appeared to acknowledge that his Build Back Better spending bill may not pass Congress in the remaining weeks of this year, saying Democrats would seek to advance the legislation…

The Achilles’ heel of Biden’s climate plan? Coal miners.

By Noam Scheiber   12/08/21  
Unions representing other workers affected by climate legislation have struck deals, but opposition from coal miners has persisted, complicating the path to enactment.

Biden wants to make federal government carbon neutral by 2050

By Anna Phillips   12/08/21  
White House to spend billions to buy electric vehicles, upgrade federal buildings and change how the government buys power.

Biden adds climate objective to National Space Council

By Timothy Cama   12/01/21  
The Biden administration is tasking the federal government’s National Space Council with a new focus on climate change.

Biden unveils new rules to curb methane, a potent greenhouse gas, from oil and gas operations

By Dino Grandoni and Steven Mufson   11/02/21  
The Biden administration also unveiled a sweeping set of domestic policies Tuesday to cut emissions of methane from oil and gas operations across the United States. The proposals, announced at the U.N. climate summit known…

Biden raises the stakes with the biggest gamble of his presidency for his agenda

By Matt Viser and Sean Sullivan   10/28/21  
President Biden entered a caucus meeting of Democrats early Thursday, told them he wanted to speak from the heart, and then made one of the biggest gambles of a career that spans nearly a half…

In Your Facebook Feed: Oil Industry Pushback Against Biden Climate Plans

By Hiroko Tabuchi   10/27/21  
The ads appear on Facebook millions of times a week. They take aim at vulnerable Democrats in Congress by name, warning that the $3.5 trillion budget bill — one of the Biden administration’s biggest efforts…

‘Long Overdue’: Liberal Voters Hold Firm to Biden’s Stronger Safety Net

By Trip Gabriel   10/27/21  
In the bluest congressional district in the Pacific Northwest, Democrats range from liberal to even more liberal. So as their party moves toward passing a watered-down version of President Biden’s domestic agenda, voters in Washington’s…

Democrats likely to ditch U.S. methane fee amid opposition, sources say

By Jarrett Renshaw   10/27/21  
A Democratic proposal to impose a methane fee on U.S. oil and gas producers is not likely to be included in the party's massive spending bill in Congress amid opposition within its own ranks, two…

Where President Biden’s economic plan stands: From taxes to climate policy to Medicare to immigration

By Jeff Stein, Rachel Roubein and Marianna Sotomayor   10/22/21  
Even as negotiations over President Biden’s economic package continue, Democratic officials have started signaling which parts of the White House agenda could be cut from the legislation and which are likely to be approved.

US climate credibility in doubt as legislative wrangles go down to the wire

By Joe Lo   10/21/21  
Ten days before Cop26 climate talks, president Joe Biden’s climate policies are being blocked by coal state senator Joe Manchin, weakening his hand internationally

Major Climate Action at Stake in Fight Over Twin Bills Pending in Congress

By Brad Plumer and Winston Choi-Schagrin   10/15/21  
Legislation aimed at infrastructure and social programs also includes big changes in energy, transportation and disaster preparation. They would amount to the most significant climate action ever taken by the United States.

DOE Awards $20 Million to Help States Deploy Carbon Capture and Storage

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced $20 million in funding to four projects working to accelerate the regional deployment of carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS). The projects, representing all four corners of…

DOE Invests $61 Million for Smart Buildings that Accelerate Grid Resilience

By Emily Holbrook   10/14/21  
The US Department of Energy (DOE) today announced $61 million for 10 pilot projects that will deploy new technology to transform thousands of homes and workplaces into state-of-the-art, energy-efficient buildings. These Connected Communities can interact…

Biden Administration Plans Wind Farms Along Nearly the Entire U.S. Coastline

By Coral Davenport   10/13/21  
The Biden administration announced on Wednesday a plan to develop large-scale wind farms along nearly the entire coastline of the United States, the first long-term strategy from the government to produce electricity from offshore turbines.

Biden reverses Trump cuts to monuments, restoring protection for key fossil sites

By April Reese   10/08/21  
In a long-awaited decision, President Joe Biden today restored Utah’s fossil-rich Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments to their former boundaries, 4 years after former President Donald Trump made drastic cuts to both.

EPA Releases Draft Strategic Plan to Address Climate Change and Advance Environmental Justice and Equity

Today, the Environmental Protection Agency announced that its Draft Fiscal Year (FY) 2022-2026 EPA Strategic Plan has been published in the Federal Register and is available for public comment through November 12, 2021. The Strategic…

The International Energy Agency Aims for Net-Zero by 2024

By Tony Romm, Marianna Sotomayor, Mike DeBonis and Seung Min Kim   09/30/21  
House Democrats on Thursday delayed a vote on an approximately $1 trillion proposal to improve the nation’s infrastructure, a dramatic reversal after hours of negotiations that marked a major setback for President Biden’s economic agenda.

How Dems’ clean electricity plan would change utilities

By Peter Behr, Kristi E. Swartz   09/30/21  
The nation’s utility industry has never seen carrots and sticks the size of the grants and penalties aimed at delivering a zero-carbon grid transformation under congressional Democrats’ proposed Clean Electricity Performance Program. The CEPP is…

USDA pledges billions for climate-smart farm projects, resilience

By Marc Heller   09/29/21  
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said today he’ll use billions of dollars from a Depression-era agency to pay for a carbon-saving program for farms, and to help farmers prepare for drought and adverse weather associated with…

Some Chinese solar-panel manufacturers have stopped shipping to the U.S. over tariff concerns, installers say

By Jeanne Whalen   09/27/21  
Some Chinese solar-panel manufacturers have stopped sending panels to the United States, or are threatening to halt shipments, over regulatory concerns including a proposal for higher import tariffs, panel buyers and solar-energy developers said at…

Wheeler Warns Democrats Failing To Consider Renewable Energy Waste

By Suzanne Yohannan   09/27/21  
As Democrats struggle to reach agreement on an infrastructure package that includes billions of dollars in incentives for renewable energy, former EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler is warning they are failing to provide adequate solutions to…

Greenhouse gases in grocery freezers are more powerful than carbon

By Dino Grandoni   09/23/21  
The Biden administration finalized its first new climate rule Thursday, slashing the use of powerful greenhouse gases widely used in home refrigerators and air conditioners and often found to be leaking from U.S. supermarket freezers.

Critics blast Facebook pledge to curb climate change misinformation

By David Knowles   09/22/21  
Facebook's latest pledge to curb climate change disinformation on its platform is getting a skeptical reception from activists and industry watchdogs.

Biden to huddle with warring Democrats as economic agenda and $1 trillion infrastructure bill hang in the balance

By Tony Romm, Seung Min Kim, and Marianna Sotomayor   09/22/21  
President Biden is meeting with warring moderate and liberal Democrats on Wednesday as the White House attempts to broker a political truce and foster passage of roughly $4 trillion in new economic spending initiatives.

U.N. General Assembly: Biden Pledges to Work Toward ‘Peaceful, Prosperous Future For All’

Covid-19 and climate change dominated the start of the General Assembly gathering. The U.N. secretary general warned that an increasingly divided world was “on the edge of an abyss.”

9 questions about the Civilian Climate Corps, answered

By Tik Root   09/16/21  
A week after taking office, President Biden signed an executive order aimed at finding ways to combat climate change. Among the provisions was a directive to figure out how to establish the first-ever Civilian Climate Corps.

U.S. Climate Equity Office Debuts, But With a Tiny Budget

By Ariel Wittenberg, E&E News   09/13/21  
It aims to help communities become more resilient to climate change, particularly its health impacts

As the largest-ever U.S. climate bill inches forward, a lobbying frenzy ensues

By Steven Mufson and Tony Romm   09/13/21  
Biden and his deputies make the case for massive spending on climate action as fires and floods continue across the country

In Social Policy Bill, Businesses See a Lot to Like. They Oppose It.

By Jonathan Weisman   09/12/21  
Resistance to tax increases outweighs the appeal of a $3.5 trillion measure containing child care credits and other items that corporations embrace.

Biden administration sets goal of replacing all jet fuel with sustainable alternatives by 2050

By Ian Duncan   09/09/21  
The administration says boosting the use of fuels made from waste or plants could cut emissions from flying 20 percent by the end of the decade

Natural Gas Excluded in Democrats’ Budget Plan for Clean Energy

By Ari Natter   09/09/21  
Natural gas won’t count as clean energy under a House Democratic plan that would eventually rid the electric grid of carbon and is part of the $3.5 trillion tax-and-spending package moving through Congress. The proposal…

Solar Could Be the Keystone of Biden’s Decarbonization Plans

By Eduardo Garcia   09/09/21  
The U.S. could rely on solar energy to produce 40% of its electricity by 2035, an effort that would lead to a drastic reduction in carbon emissions, the Biden administration said in a new energy…

Joe Biden’s Solar Plan and the Prescience of Jimmy Carter

By Bill McKibben   09/08/21  
The best time to plant a solar panel was forty years ago—but Biden is trying hard to make up for lost time.

‘This Is the Biden Agenda’

By David Leonhardt   09/08/21  
Early in Bill Clinton’s presidency, House Democrats voted to pass an energy tax, known as the B.T.U. tax, only to watch the Senate prevent the bill from becoming law. In the next midterm elections, more…

From 4% to 45%: Biden Sets an Ambitious Plan for Solar Energy

By Ivan Penn   09/08/21  
The Biden administration on Wednesday released a plan to produce almost half of the nation’s electricity from the sun by 2050 as part of its effort to combat climate change.

With bulk of their agenda on the line, Democrats gird for battle over $3.5 trillion budget package

By Tony Romm   09/07/21  
Lawmakers will try to assemble major planks of Biden’s agenda, including health care, climate change and anti-poverty programs

Calling ‘Code Red’ on Climate, Biden Pushes for Infrastructure Plan

By Katie Rogers and Juliet Macur   09/07/21  
“The nation and the world are in peril,” the president said during a stop in a hard-hit borough of New York City. “And that’s not hyperbole. That is a fact.”