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 our economy, create new jobs, and protect our health by cutting dangerous pollution from power plants, cars and trucks, and other sources. In August 2022, Congress passed, and President Biden signed into law, the Inflation Reduction Act - the largest investment in climate, communities, clean energy, and jobs ever. The unprecedented investments included in the Inflation Reduction Act will cut climate pollution and accelerate the transition to clean energy - all while protecting our air, our climate, our health, and our communities. With the Inflation Reduction Act, President Biden and climate leaders in Congress have delivered in a big way.
Congress and the president realized the cost of inaction on climate is too high and increasing every second we delay, and acted on the urgency of the moment. This legislation will take critical steps to eliminate climate pollution, prevent the most catastrophic impacts of climate change and make historic investments that lower costs for families.
We need President Biden to use every authority he has to meet his commitment to cut climate pollution in half by 2030. That means the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Energy, and other federal agencies must set strong standards to clean up power plants, transportation, and other sources of pollution. Implementing strong solutions for pollution will protect our health and environment, advance environmental justice in traditionally overburdened communities, and accelerate the transition to clean energy sources like wind and solar to power America into the future.
Climate Wins Here
Scientists are telling us that climate can't wait.
President Biden and his administration have pledged bold action to combat climate change. The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 is the single biggest investment in climate, communities, clean energy, and jobs ever; will lower costs for families; and will help slash climate pollution in the U.S. by an estimated 40 percent by the end of the decade.
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
The Supreme Court has sided with coal companies and their allies, limiting the EPA from setting the kind of highly-effective standards we need. There is still room, however, for the EPA to exercise its authority – and duty – to cut climate pollution. Now it’s time for the Biden administration to act quickly and issue the strongest rule possible.
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.