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President Biden’s Actions to Tackle the Climate Crisis

President Biden campaigned on a bold vision of tackling the climate crisis with the urgency that science demands, by building a clean energy economy that benefits all Americans—with lower costs for families, good-paying jobs for workers, and healthier air and cleaner water for communities.

Since Day One, President Biden has delivered. After rejoining the Paris Agreement and restoring U.S. leadership on the world stage, President Biden created the first-ever National Climate Task Force, with more than 25 Cabinet-level leaders from across agencies working together on groundbreaking goals:

  • Reducing U.S. greenhouse gas emissions 50-52% below 2005 levels in 2030
  • Reaching 100% carbon pollution-free electricity by 2035
  • Achieving a net-zero emissions economy by 2050
  • Delivering 40% of the benefits from federal investments in climate and clean energy to disadvantaged communities

The Biden-Harris Administration is taking decisive steps to reduce emissions, increase resilience, advance environmental justice, and achieve true energy security. This federal mobilization, building on the leadership of states, Tribal Nations, and local governments, has already spurred historic progress:

  • The United States set records for clean energy deployment in 2021, bringing enough new solar and wind projects online to power 10 million homes and tripling utility-scale battery storage capacity.
  • Since President Biden took office, the two-millionth electric vehicle hit the road, companies announced investments of over $100 billion dollars in American EV manufacturing, and the rate of public EV charger installation nearly doubled.
  • Major climate “firsts” included the Administration’s approval of the first commercial-scale offshore wind project in federal waters, the first commercial flight powered by 100% sustainable aviation fuel flying from Chicago to DC, and U.S. steel and cement companies committing for the first time to reach net-zero emissions no later than 2050.  
  • Clean energy is by far the biggest job creator in America’s energy sector, with over 3 million Americans employed in clean energy jobs during 2021 earning wages 25% over the national median.
  • On the international stage, President Biden worked with E.U. counterparts to rally more than 100 countries to join the Global Methane Pledge, a new partnership to reduce super-polluting methane emissions 30% from 2020 levels by 2030.

President Biden and Vice President Harris also made climate action and environmental justice a centerpiece of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. This legislation provides the largest federal investments ever in upgrading the power grid, improving public transit and investing in zero-emission transit and school buses, installing a nationwide EV charging network, cleaning up legacy pollution, replacing lead pipes and delivering clean water. President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will also strengthen the nation’s resilience and save taxpayer money, helping communities safeguard against extreme weather events, catastrophic wildfires, and other climate-related disasters—which last year caused more than $145 billion in damages from the biggest 20 disasters alone.

This is the decisive decade for the world to confront climate change and avoid the worst, irreversible impacts of this crisis. That’s why the President has called on Congress to act on climate by providing clean energy investments and tax credits that will bring down the sticker prices of EVs, weatherize homes and businesses to cut energy costs, and save American families an average of $500 a year. President Biden will continue leading to meet this moment and deliver economic opportunities, health benefits, and household savings here at home—by accelerating our transition to clean energy, and protecting Americans from fossil fuel price spikes.

President Biden’s
Leadership in Action

Through executive and regulatory actions, public-private partnerships, international diplomacy, and more, President Biden is working towards achieving his bold goals while taking steps to grow the economy, create jobs, and build a clean energy future – all while rallying the world to step up too.


Reducing Emissions and Accelerating Clean Energy

President Biden and Vice President Harris have mobilized a whole-of-government effort in every sector of the economy – taking executive actions that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, accelerate clean energy production and deployment, and create good-paying jobs that strengthen the economy. In addition to the actions below, the Administration is leading by example across federal operations and procurement through the President’s Federal Sustainability Plan.

  • Rallied automakers and autoworkers around an electric transportation future, setting a national target of 50% electric vehicle sales share in 2030 and spurring investments in new American factories to manufacture EVs, batteries, and chargers.
  • Launched EV Charging Action Plan to deploy $7.5 billion from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to build out a national charging network that is convenient, reliable, and equitable, through a new Joint Office of Energy and Transportation.
  • Finalized strongest passenger vehicle standards in American history to increase average fuel economy to 49 miles per gallon, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, protect communities from pollution, and save drivers money at the pump.
  • Accelerated clean buses, trucks, and ports with Vice President Harris announcing actions to reduce pollution from heavy-duty transportation and invest in electric vehicle models for public transit, school bus fleets, freight and port operations – providing relief to fenceline communities who bear the brunt of these dirty emissions.
  • Strengthened battery supply chains by invoking the Defense Production Act to support American production of critical minerals and materials such as lithium, securing nearly $7 billion in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law for domestic battery manufacturing and recycling—all while adhering to strong sustainability and community engagement standards.
  • Advanced the future of American aviation, coordinating leadership and innovation across the federal government, aircraft manufacturers, airlines, fuel producers, and more to produce three billion gallons of sustainable fuel and reduce aviation emissions by 20% in 2030.

  • Advanced clean domestic manufacturing, with major announcements on using trade policy to reward American manufacturers of clean steel and aluminum, a Buy Clean Task Force for federal purchasing of low-carbon construction materials, $9.5 billion from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law for clean hydrogen, and more, and the first comprehensive U.S. government plan to build an Energy Sector Industrial Base.
  • Issued the U.S. Methane Emissions Reduction Action Plan with more than 40 actions across multiple agencies to cut methane emissions from the oil and gas sector, abandoned coal mines, landfills, agriculture, buildings, and more, while protecting public health, promoting U.S. innovation in new technologies, and helping employ thousands of skilled workers across the country.
  • Launched the phasedown of super-polluting hydrofluorocarbons found in refrigerators, air conditioners, and other equipment, with actions from six agencies to reduce HFC emissions by 85% over 15 years while strengthening domestic manufacturing of alternatives.
  • Promoted responsible deployment of Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Sequestration (CCUS) technologies, with guidance to help agencies ensure projects are environmentally sound, create union jobs, and reduce cumulative pollution in nearby communities. 
  • Expanded partnerships to reduce industrial emissions, with DOE’s Better Buildings, Better Plants program now covering 3,500 facilities representing almost 14% of the U.S. manufacturing footprint, and launched the Low Carbon Pilot to support even greater ambition.

Advancing Environmental Justice and Empowering Workers

President Biden has made historic commitments and activated the entire federal government to advance environmental justice, create good-paying union jobs, and invest in the health and wellbeing of disadvantaged communities that are marginalized, underserved, and overburdened by pollution.

Strengthening Climate Resilience

Four in ten Americans live in a county that was impacted by a climate disaster last year. As climate-related extreme weather events increase in frequency and ferocity, the U.S. is taking bold steps to strengthen the nation’s resilience to severe impacts climate change has on our communities, infrastructure, economies, and more.

Leveraging Domestic Ambition to Rally Global Peers

While the U.S. has committed itself to addressing the climate crisis, countries across the globe must also step up given that more than 85% of global climate pollution comes from beyond our borders. President Biden and his team are rallying the world to take the decisive action needed in this decade to tackle the climate crisis.

  • Convened the first-ever Leaders Summit on Climate, a historic gathering of more than 40 world leaders to galvanize efforts from major economies to tackle the climate crisis and underscore the urgency and economic benefits of decisive action – growing the coalition to include strong Nationally Determined Contributions from Canada and Japan. In conjunction with the Summit, the governments of the United States and Canada launched the Greening Government Initiative, the first-of-its-kind forum for countries to cooperate on greening their government operations.
  • Announced and expanded major climate initiatives at COP26 in Glasgow, including the Global Methane Pledge, the First Movers Coalition, the U.S. Plan to Conserve Global Forests: Critical Carbon Sinks, the Agriculture Innovation Mission for Climate and the High-Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy.
  • Advanced the world’s first carbon-based sectoral arrangement on steel and aluminum trade, announcing a commitment to negotiate an arrangement with the European Union that will reward American manufacturers, prevent dirty products from entering U.S. markets, and result in more jobs and lower prices for Americans.
  • Supported those most vulnerable to climate change worldwide, by releasing the first-ever U.S. International Climate Finance Plan, pledging to quadruple U.S. international climate finance and including these investments in the President’s FY23 Budget, and launching the President’s Emergency Plan for Adaptation and Resilience.
  • Launched the Build Back Better World (B3W) infrastructure initiative at the G7 to mobilize hundreds of billions of dollars between G7 members and the private sector in sustainable, infrastructure investment for low- and middle-income countries and achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement.
  • Rallied G7 leaders to end public finance for overseas unabated coal generation, with historic agreement on a set of new actions to accelerate the global transition and, for the first time in history, alignment across the G7 on long-term and short-term climate goals consistent with keeping the 1.5 degrees Celsius global warming threshold within reach.
  • At the Quad Leaders’ Summit, launched a Green Shipping Network, Clean Hydrogen Partnership, and other actions with the Quad Climate Working Group to enhance climate adaptation, resilience, and preparedness.
  • Co-hosted the 7th Annual Our Ocean Conference in Palau, announcing 100 U.S. commitments totaling more than $2.6 billion for ocean protection and climate solutions.

National Climate Task Force Membership

Read more about how the White House Office of Domestic Climate Policy Office coordinates an all-of-government approach to tackling the climate crisis.

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