Priorities for the Biden Administration

Our analysts, scientists, and experts outline the most important and immediate actions that the Biden administration must take to address climate change, restore science-based decision-making, and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Science and Environmental Communities Call on Biden, Congress to Decarbonize Transportation and Power Generation

, Senior manager of govt. affairs

President Biden recently unveiled his American Jobs Plan— a two trillion-dollar package with significant investments in infrastructure, advanced technologies, and jobs that will reduce our global warming emissions.  Next week, he will host the Leaders’ Climate Summit on Earth Day where he will likely announce how he wants us to re-engage with the rest of the world on climate, including some specifics on our national contribution to reducing emissions as we re-enter the Paris Climate agreement (yay!).

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Fossil Fuels and Public Lands: How the US Interior Department Can Act on Climate Right Now

, Senior fellow

Here are the specific near-term actions that the Interior Department can take at the leasing, permitting, and production stages of fossil fuel development on public lands to help address the climate crisis, unify the agency behind a common purpose, and ensure the agency is acting in the public interest during the transition away from yesterday’s energy sources. Read more >

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We Have an Infrastructure Plan

, Senior Energy analyst

The Biden administration’s American Jobs Plan is a vision, an outline, an actionable course for how to advance desperately needed change. It needs work. It needs to be pushed on scale, and on scope. But it’s a plan. Which means we now have a plan to build from, and a plan to build on. Let’s build. Read more >

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Protecting Workers from COVID-19: Long Overdue Safety Standards Coming Soon from OSHA

, Research Analyst

Workers, their families, and their communities need and deserve strong, enforceable, and science-based protections from COVID-19. Now new leaders at the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) are on the verge of providing those safeguards. It is widely expected that OSHA will soon issue an emergency temporary standard to protect workers from COVID-19. Read more >

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US Should Pledge to Cut Heat-trapping Emissions At Least 50 Percent Below 2005 Levels by 2030

, Policy Director and Lead Economist, Climate & Energy

With the climate crisis growing ever more urgent, and intersecting with other racial injustice, socioeconomic and health crises, we must secure ambitious NDCs from major emitters like the US this year. Quite simply, 2021 is shaping up to be a make-or-break year. Read more >

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