Cautious Optimism for Biden’s Climate Direction
Last week, the Biden administration issued a sweeping set of executive orders to address climate change, environmental justice, public lands and scientific integrity in the coming years. These orders are an organizing call to support a rapid transition away from fossil fuels and increased protections for our communities, public lands and oceans.
Now the real work begins. There is already a huge backlash from the fossil fuel industry, climate deniers, anti-environmental groups, and those intent on weakening government, not to mention their allies in Congress.
With a slim control of the Senate and House, the administration’s hopes of passing major climate legislation or energy sector regulation rest with elected officials, many of whom have long-standing political and financial ties to oil, gas and coal companies.
That is why we’ll be working with our friends and allies to make sure this agenda doesn’t stall. We have a lot of work to do.
We hope you’ll join us in these efforts.
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