EDF Action Urges President Biden to make Bold Climate and Clean Energy Investments Centerpiece of State of the Union Speech

March 1, 2022
Hannah Blatt, hblatt@edfaction.org, 202-572-3534

(Washington, D.C. March 1, 2022) Today, President Biden is going to deliver his State of the Union speech to Congress. EDF Action President David Kieve released the following statement about what the organization is hoping to hear from the president:

“President Biden has repeatedly called the climate crisis a blinking ‘code red’ for humanity. Tonight, in his first State of the Union address, EDF Action hopes and expects that President Biden will continue to prioritize taking meaningful action to address the climate crisis. For while the state of our union may be strong, the state of our ability to comfortably live on our planet is tenuous. Science tells us that this is the critical decade to act, and that bold action is required - now - in order for us to reverse course. Just yesterday, the world’s leading climate scientists rang yet another alarm bell, highlighting what we already know - climate change is hurting our families and communities right now.

“The Biden-Harris Administration has made meaningful progress, including rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement and the making the investments in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law that will ensure our communities are more resilient, modernize our energy grid, build out a nationwide network of electric vehicle charging stations, deliver clean drinking water to millions more Americans, and clean up our most polluted areas that have been designated as superfund sites and brownfields. But more action is needed, and time is running out.

“We cannot drill our way to energy independence. We expect President Biden to use his rare opportunity to address the Nation in his first State of the Union Address to call strongly on the House and the Senate to pass his climate priorities so that he can sign them into law. If he does, America can assume a place of global leadership in clean energy, creating millions of good paying jobs that sustain American families.”