Early actions the Biden administration can take to restore critical environmental protections
In recent years, America’s environment has been at risk. Air pollution has been on the rise. Many of our bodies of water are at risk of pollution from chemical and oil storage facilities, fertilizers, stormwater runoff, sewage systems, and more. As greenhouse gas emissions have continued to rise, so have the impacts of global warming, from increased wildfires and hurricanes to heat-related illness.
And while the U.S. remains a sharply divided country, Americans broadly agree: the government should be doing more to protect the environment.
In the Biden administration’s first 100 days, it is critical that we take swift action to clean up our environment and address the climate crisis. There are several important environmental policies that can be set in motion on day one that will protect our natural landscapes and give Americans cleaner air, cleaner water and a more livable climate. Many of these are policies that Americans already worked hard to put in place, but which, over the past four years, the Trump administration rolled back or weakened. At a minimum, the Biden administration should restore these commonsense solutions to protect our land, air, water and climate.
1. Rejoin the Paris Agreement
2. Repeal the Dirty Water Rule
3. Strengthen fuel economy and emissions standards
4. Withdraw from Trump’s offshore drilling plan
5. Restore smart energy efficiency policy