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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.

Biden Plan for a Clean Energy Revolution & Environmental Justice | Joe Biden for President


EIA: U.S. carbon emissions set to drop, but miss Biden goals

By Zack Colman 03/20/23
U.S. greenhouse gas emissions are expected to drop sharply by the end of the decade but are likely to fall short of President Joe Biden’s goals for the power sector, the U.S. Energy Information Administration…
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Biden budget includes $24 billion for conservation and climate disasters

By Emma Newburger 03/09/23
President Joe Biden’s budget proposal for 2024 includes billions of dollars spread across federal agencies to combat climate change, with a bulk of the investment going toward boosting conservation and disaster resilience, cutting pollution and…
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Same message, bigger audience: Sen. Whitehouse flags climate costs

By Coral Davenport 03/07/23
For more than a decade, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse gave daily warnings about the mounting threat of climate change. Now he has a powerful new perch....
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The promise and peril of Biden’s climate policy

By Paul Krugman 03/02/23
In 2010, at the signing ceremony for the Affordable Care Act, Joe Biden, the vice president at the time, could be overheard telling President Barack Obama that “this is a big something deal.” OK, that’s…
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State of the Union: How climate and energy have featured since 1989

By Rosamund Pearce 02/07/23
Climate change hit the mainstream in the US after NASA scientist James Hansen told Congress in 1988 that the world was warmer and mankind was to blame.
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With money on the table, states identify 120,000 leak-prone oil wells

By Maxine Joselow 12/02/22
Across the country, fossil fuel companies have walked away from thousands of oil and gas wells, leaving them unplugged and idle even as many of these drill sites leak greenhouse gas emissions and pose direct…
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Dismal polls have Dems split over how hard to push Biden agenda

By Alexander Bolton 04/28/22
Democrats are divided over how hard to push President Biden’s agenda in the months remaining until Election Day, uncertain about how much risk to take on at a time when Biden’s approval rating is stuck…
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As Gas Prices Soar, Biden’s Climate Ambitions Sputter

By Coral Davenport 04/02/22
A year after he entered the White House with a vow that fighting global warming would be a driving priority for his administration, President Biden finds his climate agenda is mired in delay and faces…
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The Man Who Gobbed Up Earth

By Bill McKibben 03/29/22
Just as the Oscars were getting underway last night, the New York Times published a truly remarkable exposé that helps us understand the end of our planet’s climate system in helpful detail. Receipt-laden, it shows…
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Inside Biden’s $5.8 trillion wish list

By Andrew Ross Sorkin, Jason Karaian, Stephen Gandel, Michael J. de la Merced, Lauren Hirsch and Ephrat Livni 03/29/22
President Biden proposed a $5.8 trillion annual budget yesterday, a request that reflects growing security and economic concerns at home and abroad. There are billions set aside to invest in police departments and the military,…
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Sen. Jon Tester, one of the Senate’s only farmers, is an unlikely champion for climate action

By Maxine Joselow 03/24/22
President Biden and European leaders are expected to announce a major initiative to direct shipments of liquefied natural gas to Europe, our colleagues scooped last night. More on that below. But first:
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Largest federal utility chooses gas, undermining Biden’s climate goals

By Lisa Friedman 03/17/22
President Biden wants electricity generated from wind, solar and other clean sources. The Tennessee Valley Authority plans to invest in fossil fuels instead.
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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…


How Biden’s Climate Ambitions Could Shift America’s Global Footprint

By Somini Sengupta   01/27/21  
President Joseph R. Biden on Wednesday said climate change should be regarded as “an essential element of U.S. foreign policy and national security.” That is likely to bring big changes for America’s role in the…
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President Biden’s 30% Conservation Commitment Is Good News for People, Too

By Tom Dillon   01/27/21  
With his Jan. 27 announcement that the U.S. will commit to protecting 30% of its land and ocean by 2030, President Joe Biden joins a growing community of scientists, Indigenous peoples, and world leaders dedicated…
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Biden to place environmental justice at center of sweeping climate plan

By Juliet Eilperin, Brady Dennis and Darryl Fears   01/27/21  
President Biden made tackling America’s persistent racial and economic disparities a central part of his plan to combat climate change Wednesday, prioritizing environmental justice for the first time in a generation.
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Unpacking Biden’s New Environmental Executive Orders

By Alexander C. Kaufman and Chris D’Angelo   01/27/21  
For the second time in as many weeks, President Joe Biden issued sweeping executive orders to confront global climate change and other environmental crises.  The orders elevate climate change as a key foreign policy and…
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New Congress Weighs in on Climate Change

President Biden has quickly followed through on his commitment to address climate change with a series of executive orders aimed at undoing the policies of the Trump administration and appointments across the government to carry…
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One coal state senator holds the key to Biden’s ambitious climate agenda

By Sarah Kaplan and Dino Grandoni   01/26/21  
He’s a coal country native, born to a family of mining town mayors. As West Virginia governor, he sued the Environmental Protection Agency. He has scuttled efforts to regulate greenhouse gas emissions, criticized the Paris…
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Any Biden Climate Action Plan Must Focus on Renewables

By Kate Zerrenner   01/22/21  
President Joe Biden has given every indication that his administration will take climate action seriously. And a majority of voting Americans agree with that, especially when it comes to advancing clean energy goals, according to a recent survey from the Yale Program…
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Planting crops — and carbon, too

By Gabriel Popkin   01/22/21  
Maryland farmer Trey Hill pulled in a healthy haul of corn last fall and then immediately planted rye, turnips, clover and other species, which are now spreading a lush green carpet over the soil. While…
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The biggest step the Biden administration took on climate yesterday wasn’t rejoining the Paris Agreement

By Jonathan Shieber   01/21/21  
While the Biden administration is being celebrated for its decision to rejoin the Paris Agreement in one of its first executive orders after President Joe Biden was sworn in, it wasn’t the biggest step the…
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Key to Biden Climate Agenda: The Social Cost of Carbon Explained

By Stephen Lee and Ellen M. Gilmer   01/21/21  
Among President Joe Biden’s first acts in office was reassembling a cross-government team to figure out the “social cost of carbon,” a wonky number that has broad impacts on federal agency rules.
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The Energy 202: Biden stokes hope among climate scientists

By Dino Grandoni   01/21/21  
Climate scientists are dealing with a strange new feeling now that Joe Biden is president: optimism. Gone are the days of outright hostility from the White House to climate science, as was the case during…
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Here Are All the Climate Actions Biden Took on Day One

By Jean Chemnick   01/21/21  
U.S. climate policy hung a U-turn yesterday, with President Biden using his Inauguration Day to launch a domestic and international response to climate change that is diametrically opposed to that of his predecessor.
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A ‘Nerve Center’ for Climate in the Biden White House

By Lisa Friedman   01/21/21  
President Joseph R. Biden Jr. brings with him the largest team of climate change experts ever assembled in the White House, and action on global warming is expected quickly. WASHINGTON — Joseph R. Biden Jr.…
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Joe Biden’s Cancellation of the Keystone Pipeline Is a Landmark in the Climate Fight

By Bill McKibben   01/21/21  
In his first hours in office, Joe Biden has settled—almost certainly, once and for all—one of the greatest environmental battles this country has seen. He has cancelled the permit allowing the Keystone XL pipeline to…
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What Biden and Democratic Senate can do on climate in their first 100 days

By Dana Nuccitelli   01/20/21  
Biden administration progress on climate change will have to overcome roadblocks left by the Trump administration and some arcane Senate rules. But hope springs eternal. Democrats now control the White House, Senate, and House of…
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Biden’s First Climate Actions Include Rejoining Paris Agreement

By Scott Waldman   01/20/21  
Joe Biden will spend his first hours as president trying to obliterate much of the Trump administration’s deregulatory agenda, restore public land protections and reestablish the United States as a global leader on climate change…
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Secretary Pete: Transportation Should Be a Climate Agency

By Ann Shikany   01/20/21  
President Joe Biden’s decision to nominate Pete Buttigieg to lead the Department of Transportation may be among the most consequential of his presidency. His experience as a mid-sized-city executive, combined with the experience of his…
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Biden’s climate crusade: How his plan to cut carbon emissions, create jobs could impact U.S.

By Dinah Voyles Pulver   01/18/21  
As he steps into office this week, President-elect Joe Biden brings an ambitious plan to address climate change, and with Democrats in control of Congress for the first time in a decade, he may have…
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Biden’s policies on climate change

By Juliet Eilperin, Brady Dennis   12/22/20  
At the current rate, the Earth is on pace to warm more than 3 degrees Celsius (5.4 degrees Fahrenheit) by 2100, a threat that President-elect Joe Biden has called “existential" and one of his central…
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Boiling Point: Obama wouldn’t keep fossil fuels in the ground. But Biden says he will

By Sammy Roth   12/17/20  
It’s been nearly five years since the chilly February morning when I shuffled into the back of a conference room at Salt Lake City’s convention center to watch the federal government auction off oil and…
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BOEM needs staffing help with offshore wind permitting regardless of election results, experts say

By Lulia Gheorghiu   10/15/20  
Offshore wind experts expressed concern about the lengthy permitting for several U.S. projects on the Atlantic Coast, as they face deadlines for securing federal tax credits and a potential regulatory slowdown following the presidential election.
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