President Joe Biden will sign today executive orders aimed at adopting a historic “whole of government” approach to addressing the climate crisis at the scale and scope demanded by science with solutions centered on achieving economic and environmental justice and quality, union job creation. Included in the actions that will be signed today are measures to direct and coordinate federal agencies under White House leadership, help impacted coal communities and workers, direct federal agencies to institute science and evidence based decision-making, prioritizing federal procurement of clean, domestic-made fleets, and center climate in our foreign policy. In response, the BlueGreen Alliance released the following statement from Executive Director Jason Walsh:
“These executive orders will launch the kind of whole of government approach to the climate crisis that our nation has been lacking for far too long. President Biden understands the reality and the severity of the climate crisis and knows how important it is to listen to experts and respond to it at the scale that science demands while simultaneously addressing economic and racial inequality and driving the creation of family-sustaining, union jobs.
“We are also excited to see action today to provide support to workers and communities impacted by our nation’s transition to cleaner, cheaper forms of energy. These workers have powered our nation for decades and we must ensure that no community or worker is left behind as we move toward building the clean economy.
“Building off of this historic moment, we look forward to working with the Biden-Harris administration to put this new strategy into action and to work to advance critical economic recovery, manufacturing, and infrastructure priorities that will go hand in hand with today’s actions—including adopting Buy Clean procurement policies to ensure our federal procurement dollars support clean, domestic manufacturing.”