Statement: President Biden to make important strides in climate action

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Bridget Sanderson

Former State Director, Environment Missouri

Bridget Sanderson

Former State Director, Environment Missouri

New administration will lay out national and international plans to cut carbon pollution

Environment Missouri

WASHINGTON — President Joseph Biden will release a far-reaching plan Wednesday that outlines the actions his administration will take to tackle climate change both domestically and internationally. With the scientific target squarely in focus — reaching net zero emissions by 2050 in order to keep global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius — the new administration will lay out elements of a roadmap for the nation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in sectors across society, from agriculture to manufacturing. 

Notably, today’s announcements will include the creation of a National Climate Task Force, which will bring together 21 federal agencies to work on ambitious domestic pollution reduction goals. The group will be chaired by White House National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy. The executive orders will also emphasize science in policymaking at federal agencies; recommit the United States to international climate leadership, including hosting a global summit on Earth Day, April 22; and preserve public lands and oceans by pausing oil and gas leases. 

Experts from Environment America and U.S. PIRG issued the following statements: 


“Americans have been working for years to move our country to cleaner and healthier energy sources like wind and solar,” said Bridget Sanderson, director of Environment Missouri. “But time is running out, and what’s seemed like a marathon for so many must now become a sprint. Thankfully, President Biden’s bold and ambitious climate action plan is the type of galvanizing vision that can get us moving faster toward a better future for ourselves and our grandchildren. We are grateful to the Biden administration for taking this kind of leadership on climate action within a week of entering office.” 




Environment Missouri works for clean air, clean water, clean energy, wildlife and open spaces, and a livable climate. Our members across the state put grassroots support behind our research and advocacy. Environment Missouri is part of Environment America, a national network of 29 state environmental groups.