Tackling Climate Change and Environmental Injustice

We pursue climate action that meets the crisis’s urgency, creates good-quality jobs, benefits disadvantaged communities, and restores U.S. credibility on the global stage.

People with placards and posters on global strike for climate change. Woman speaking in megaphone in front of crowd. (Getty/urbazon)

What We're Doing

Pursuing environmental justice

Investing in equitable climate solutions that address the country’s legacy of environmental racism while working to ensure that all communities have the right to breathe clean air, live free of dangerous levels of toxic pollution, access healthy food, and share the benefits of a prosperous economy

Creating good, clean jobs at home

Laying the groundwork for an urgent transition to a clean energy economy that works for all, creating millions of well-paying jobs with the opportunity to join a union, and improving the quality of life for all Americans in the process

Protecting nature

Addressing the linked climate and biodiversity crises by conserving 30 percent of all U.S. lands and water by 2030 and promoting natural solutions to the climate crisis that benefit all communities

Restoring U.S. climate leadership on the global stage

By taking strong and equitable domestic action, we restore the ability to bring countries together to reduce emissions and help developing countries transition to carbon-neutral economies and adapt to inevitable impacts

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Charting a Bold Vision for America’s Future

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By the numbers

$99B

The cost to U.S. taxpayers from extreme weather events in 2020—and it’s getting worse

CAP, “Extreme Weather Cost U.S. Taxpayers $99 Billion Last Year, and It Is Getting Worse” (2021).

139

The number of elected senators and representatives who still deny climate change

CAP, “Climate Deniers in the 117th Congress” (2021).

2°F

Human activity, largely burning fossil fuels, has warmed the planet this much since 1800s

The New York Times, “A Hotter Future Is Certain, Climate Panel Warns. But How Hot Is Up to Us.” (2021).

1M

The number of plant and animal species at risk of extinction around the world today

CAP, “How Much Nature Should America Keep?” (2019).

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Earth Day Special: Trevor Higgins on Combating Climate Change Podcast

Earth Day Special: Trevor Higgins on Combating Climate Change

Trevor Higgins, senior vice president of Energy and Environment at the Center for American Progress Action Fund, joins the show to discuss climate policy wins and saving the planet.

Op-ed: How federal investments are empowering Navajo People Personal Story

Op-ed: How federal investments are empowering Navajo People

JoAnn Armenta, the CEO of an organization that provides workforce training and resources to the Navajo people, shares how the Inflation Reduction Act has helped her organization provide community members with the skills to start their own solar businesses.

The Copper Courier

JoAnn Armenta

Rep. Wendy E.N Thomas: Infrastructure Bill will help mitigate ‘forever chemicals’ In the News

Rep. Wendy E.N Thomas: Infrastructure Bill will help mitigate ‘forever chemicals’

In an op-ed, New Hampshire state Rep. Wendy E.N. Thomas (D) describes how contaminated drinking water contributed to deteriorating public health in her community. Thomas explains how federal grants from the Biden administration’s infrastructure policies are delivering long-awaited relief to affected communities.

the New Hampshire Union Leader

Wendy E.N. Thomas

How the Inflation Reduction Act Will Drive Global Climate Action Article

How the Inflation Reduction Act Will Drive Global Climate Action

The Inflation Reduction Act puts the United States on track to meeting its Paris Agreement commitment and to reclaiming the mantle of global climate leadership.

the Center for American Progress

Frances Colón, Anne Christianson, Cassidy Childs

5 Major Benefits of the Inflation Reduction Act’s Climate Investments Fact Sheet

5 Major Benefits of the Inflation Reduction Act’s Climate Investments

The Inflation Reduction Act’s $369 billion in climate investments won’t just tackle climate change; they will save families money, create millions of good jobs, and reduce pollution over the next decade.

the Center for American Progress

Trevor Higgins, Sally Hardin

Earth Day Special: Christy Goldfuss on the Climate and Clean Energy Podcast

Earth Day Special: Christy Goldfuss on the Climate and Clean Energy

This week on "The Tent," Daniella and Christy Goldfuss, senior vice president of Energy and Environment at the Center for American Progress, discuss recent climate research, the state of climate legislation, and what Democrats can do to prepare for the midterm elections.

A Path Forward on Build Back Better Article

A Path Forward on Build Back Better

Reviving Build Back Better requires Democrats to focus on the elements that will lower costs for American families and that can secure the necessary votes in Congress.

Patrick Gaspard

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