“46 for 46” — 46 Ways Joe Biden Has Said He Will Use Executive Authority to Tackle Climate Change

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President-Elect Joe Biden has secured a historic victory, winning the most votes of any presidential candidate in American history. His win was the culmination of a climate-driven election where voters, candidates, and the media elevated climate as a core issue for both the Biden and Trump campaigns.

Biden’s closing message centered climate change as a pressing concern for many millions of Americans. He ran television ads in at least two swing states in which he won, Arizona and Michigan, that were focused on the climate crisis. And by declaring his intention to re-enter the Paris Agreement, Biden has already continued to emphasize climate action even after all of the votes have been cast.

Biden and his running mate Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris ran on the boldest, most comprehensive climate platform ever offered by a presidential nominee. That platform, intended to be delivered through both legislative and executive actions, included calls for achieving 100% carbon-free energy in the power sector by 2035, and net-zero greenhouse gas pollution throughout the economy by 2050. It also called for investing $2 trillion in a clean energy-driven economic recovery, and directing at least 40% of that funding to the benefit of disadvantaged communities. President-Elect Biden’s demonstrated intentions to act on climate, and his electoral mandate to do so, are clear.

While composition of the U.S. Senate will be uncertain for months to come, regardless of the makeup of the Congress, Biden has already made a sweeping set of commitments to leverage executive power for bold climate action. For one, Biden’s transition team is signaling his intention to start reversing Trump’s more than 120 environmental rollbacks on Day One in office. This agenda can include replacing the ineffectual “Affordable Clean Energy” rule that gives power plants a free pass to pollute; restoring California’s authority to set its own vehicle emissions standards; reinstating the EPA rule limiting mercury pollution from coal-fired power plants; and protection public lands from barriers to fossil fuel extraction.

Even beyond overturning Trump’s deregulation, President-Elect Biden has laid out an ambitious roadmap for executive action on climate change. The following analysis of Biden’s plans highlights 46 specific ways in which the 46th President plans to reduce greenhouse gas pollution at the rate demanded by science, invest in the clean energy transition, and protect vulnerable communities from environmental harms. These 46 points come from the Biden campaign’s climate plan, the Build Back Better Plan for clean energy and infrastructure, and the Biden environmental justice plan. As president, Joe Biden will have the authority to lead the nation into a just and thriving clean energy economy for all Americans.

Below are steps to tackle the climate crisis that President-Elect Biden has already committed to take, all of which can be achieved through existing authorities and executive action:

Setting Standards to Cut Carbon Pollution

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Investing in the Clean Energy Economy

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Working toward Environmental Justice

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Elevating Climate Action in International Policy

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Focusing on Conservation

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