Biden-Harris Administration Celebrates Third Anniversary

Climate Accomplishments Starkly Contrast with Trump’s ‘Drill, Drill, Drill’ Agenda

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Since President Biden’s inauguration, his administration has accomplished more on climate than any other president in American history. As President Biden faces a likely rematch against climate denier Donald Trump, all of the climate progress made in the last three years hangs in the balance. Trump has made it clear he would reverse Biden’s signature climate legislation and give Big Oil free rein to “drill baby, drill” on day one, the contrast is so stark that POLITICO suggested a return to a Trump presidency would be the equivalent of “ an all-out war” on climate. 

“President Biden is a tried and true climate champion — he’s passed the largest climate bill in history that’s helped to create over 210,000 jobs and is putting us on a path to lower harmful climate pollution,” said Lori Lodes, executive director of Climate Power. “Donald Trump was the worst president on climate change and promises to continue supporting Big Oil. His pro-polluter economic agenda will cost Americans their jobs, and pad the pockets of Big Oil CEOs. Our climate progress is at stake in 2024.” 

Here are some of President Biden’s top climate accomplishments: 

  • Signed into law the Inflation Reduction Act, the most significant investment in clean energy and climate action in U.S. history. Since the passage of the clean energy plan, over 210,000 clean energy jobs have been announced. 
  • Re-entered the Paris Climate Agreement. 
  • Established the American Climate Corps, a jobs training program to ensure young people have access to good-paying jobs in clean energy and climate resilience. 
  • Announced the first-ever offshore wind lease sale in the Gulf of Mexico, which could result in wind powering nearly 1.3 million homes. 
  • Proposed the strongest-ever climate rules for the power sector, requiring coal- and many gas-fired plants to capture 90% of their emissions by 2030. 
  • Announced new fuel economy standards that will reduce carbon emissions by 2.5 billion metric tons and lower fuel use by more than 200 billion gallons through 2050. 
  • Proposed new heavy-duty emissions standards that would result in 6,700 fewer hospital admissions and emergency department visits and 18,000 fewer cases of asthma onset in children. 
  • Conserved more than 24 million acres of public lands across the country.