Blumenauer Statement on Biden Admin Climate Actions

January 27, 2021
Press Release

U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), the author of Congressional legislation to declare a national climate emergency, released the following statement on President Joe Biden’s slate of bold executive orders to combat the climate crisis:

“After four years of Trump’s environmental recklessness, it is a relief to have a president who understands the urgency of our climate crisis and is committed to taking substantive steps to protect life on this planet.

“The actions outlined by President Biden will help cut carbon emissions, invest in clean energy, and ensure climate justice for frontline communities. They will allow us to hold polluters accountable, put science back into policymaking, and elevate climate change as a national security priority. We are sending a strong signal to the world that the United States ready to lead on climate mobilization.

“Of course, to address the climate crisis, we must tell the truth about the nature of this threat. Even before the Trump administration, science and fact were neglected and rejected for too long. Now, massive action is needed. That’s why I am working with my Congressional colleagues to reintroduce climate emergency legislation to mobilize every resource at our disposal to halt, reverse, mitigate, and prepare for the consequences of the climate emergency.

“This is a climate emergency and we need a bold whole-of-government response.”

In July 2019, Blumenauer, along with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) introduced a bicameral, concurrent Congressional resolution that would declare a climate emergency and demand a national mobilization to “halt, reverse, mitigate, and prepare for the consequences of the climate emergency and to restore the climate for future generations.” The legislation gained more than 100 cosponsors in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Since then, 38 countries, as well as thousands of towns, cities, and counties, have declared national states of emergency for climate change. According to an estimate from the Climate Mobilization, approximately 950 million people, or 12 percent of the world’s population, currently live under a declared state of “climate emergency.”

Blumenauer expects to reintroduce the updated legislation in the coming days.