Washington, D.C. — Today, the Biden administration announced plans to create a new climate action plan for federal agencies, elevate the climate crisis as a threat to national security, reform the broken oil and gas system through a pause on new leasing on public lands, and set a goal of conserving 30 percent of U.S. lands and ocean by 2030. In response, Center for American Progress founder John Podesta and Senior Vice President for Energy and Environment Policy Christy Goldfuss issued the following statement:
Now is a moment of crisis: the nation is facing a devastating pandemic, a reckoning with racial injustice, an economy that only serves the wealthiest people, and a warming climate quickly spinning out of control. President Joe Biden understands that these challenges require immediate action that lays the groundwork for a future where good-paying union jobs lift every community. His announcements today meet this moment with a recognition that the land, the air, the ocean, the economy, and the future belong to all who would share them. By investing in the communities that have been unjustly burdened by pollution and shut out of our economy, conserving 30 percent of lands and ocean for all to enjoy, and recognizing that climate change is a looming threat to everyone’s safety, the Biden-Harris administration is acting to build an America that lives up to its founding dream of liberty and prosperity for all.
- How Much Nature Should America Keep? by Matt Lee-Ashley, the CAP Public Lands Team, and the CAP Oceans Team
- A 100 Percent Clean Future by John Podesta, Christy Goldfuss, Trevor Higgins, Bidisha Bhattacharyya, Alan Yu, and Kristina Costa
For more information on this topic or to speak with an expert, please contact Ari Drennen at gro.ssergorpnacirema@nennerda.