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.

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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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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

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

Evergreen Action’s Jamal Raad: The West Coast Is on Fire Podcast

Evergreen Action’s Jamal Raad: The West Coast Is on Fire

Evergreen Action’s Jamal Raad joins the pod from Seattle to discuss the devastation wrought by wildfires on the West Coast, how climate change is intensifying wildfire season, and how activists are successfully mainstreaming the issue to make it a top concern for lawmakers and voters alike.

Daniella Gibbs Léger, Ed Chung, Jesse Lee, 3 More Chris Ford, Dwayne Greene, Adam Peck

Infrastructure Investment Must Create Good Jobs for All Article

Infrastructure Investment Must Create Good Jobs for All

Author Karla Walter describes how federal lawmakers can support America’s 21st-century competitiveness by ensuring that any federal infrastructure plan invests in good jobs.

Center for American Progress

Karla Walter

The Economic Betrayal in Trump’s False Promises Article
Supporters listen to then-presidential candidate Donald Trump at a campaign rally in Ohio, October 2016. (Getty/Jeff Swensen)

The Economic Betrayal in Trump’s False Promises

The past two years have showcased not only President Trump’s rigging of the U.S. economy, but also the unfulfilled economic promises he made to working Americans.

Jesse Lee, Daniella Zessoules

Climate Deniers in the 116th Congress Interactive
The morning sun rises behind the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., March 2014. (Getty/Mark Wilson)

Climate Deniers in the 116th Congress

A new CAP Action analysis finds that 150 members—and 60 percent of Republicans—in the 116th Congress do not believe in climate change.

Sally Hardin, Claire Moser

Big Oil’s Central Role in the Trump Administration’s Culture of Corruption Article
Vehicles move along the the New Jersey Turnpike while a factory emits smoke in Carteret, New Jersey, November 2017. (Getty/Corbis/VIEWpress/Kena Betancur)

Big Oil’s Central Role in the Trump Administration’s Culture of Corruption

After spending $220 million on lobbying Congress and in political donations since President Donald Trump took office, the oil and gas industry is set to get $200 billion in profits from the proposed rollback of the Obama-era clean car standards.

Sally Hardin

While Trump Was Tweeting: Tracking the Trump Administration’s Attacks on Our Air, Water, and Public Lands Report
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While Trump Was Tweeting: Tracking the Trump Administration’s Attacks on Our Air, Water, and Public Lands

Since taking office in January 2017, the Trump administration has taken dozens of actions to weaken clean air and water protections; block action on climate change; and sell out our public lands to the fossil fuel industry. CAP Action is tracking it all.

the Energy and Environment Team

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