Achieving durable and ambitious federal climate action is within sight. We can cut the pollution that worsens the climate crisis—especially in overburdened communities—rebuild our economy, and create new jobs through both congressional and administrative actions.
We need historic, transformational investments centered on climate action, justice, and jobs that will rebuild our infrastructure, build back our economy, create new jobs, and protect our health by cutting dangerous pollution from power plants, cars and trucks and other sources. In November 2021, the U.S. House of Representatives took a bold step forward by approving the Build Back Better Act, which included $550 billion in investments for climate, justice, jobs, and clean energy. It’s now up to President Biden to lead and the U.S. Senate to get these historic investments done.
To drive transformational growth in the clean energy sector, Congress should implement rigorous pollution safeguards for power plants and extend clean energy tax credits for ten years. That includes the renewable energy tax credits, tax credits for electric vehicles and EV infrastructure, and refundable tax incentives for clean energy companies—all of which will make clean energy and electric vehicles cheaper, save people money at the pump, and reduce the carbon pollution that’s driving the climate crisis. To protect Americans from the volatility of fossil fuel prices and supplies and the catastrophic impacts of climate change, we must phase out fossil fuels and transition to clean energy and clean transportation as soon as possible.
We need President Biden to use every authority he has to meet his commitment to cut carbon pollution in half by 2030. That means the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Energy, the Department of Interior, and other federal agencies must set strong standards to clean up power plants, transportation, and other pollution. Setting strong solutions for pollution will protect our health and environment, advance environmental justice in traditionally overburdened communities, and accelerate the transition to clean energy like wind, solar, and other renewables to power America into the future.
Over the Finish Line
Scientists are telling us that climate can't wait.
President Biden and his administration have proposed bold action to combat climate change, and we need to keep fighting to get us over the finish line and invest in our clean energy economy. Congress must act to give the Biden Administration the tools it needs to meet the climate test and achieve 50 to 52 percent reductions of carbon pollution by 2030.
Solutions for Pollution
Solutions for Pollution advocates for a plan comprised of more than 20 administrative actions across federal agencies that will install measures to tackle the climate crisis and meet President Biden’s goal of cutting carbon pollution by at least half by 2030. These measures will simultaneously advance environmental justice, create jobs, protect our health, and expand clean energy. Follow the campaign: #SolutionsForPollution, #ActOnClimate, #ClimateCantWait
The Cost of Inaction
A recent report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration outlined 20 billion-dollar disasters in 2021. This was the second most ever in a calendar year, costing $145 billion and marking the third highest cost ever recorded. In the last five years, the U.S. has experienced $742.1 billion in damages with an annual average of $148.4 billion.
Energy Independence Requires Clean Energy
Clean energy, not more oil and gas, will protect Americans from the volatile and dangerous fossil fuel economy. Wind, solar, and other renewable sources, are homegrown and create good-paying jobs here in the U.S. We don’t need to import it and it is not subject to the wild fluctuations of the global fossil fuel markets and supply chain disruptions. The clean energy and climate provisions under consideration in Congress would reduce annual U.S. oil consumption by 180 million barrels per year by 2030–roughly twice current U.S. imports of Russian oil.
Protect Clean Air
CAC and its partners are working to defend the Clean Air Act from attacks. As part of that ongoing work, CAC convened hundreds of people to rally on the front steps of the U.S. Supreme Court as the Court convened to hear oral arguments in the landmark West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency case. CAC continues to partner with a broad array of communities and voices to make it clear to lawmakers and the public that protecting the Clean Air Act is vital to our health and climate.