WASHINGTON - President Biden announced a suite of measures today aimed at advancing offshore wind power and protecting workers and communities from extreme heat and other climate risks.
John Bowman, managing director of government affairs for NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council) made the following statement:
“The president is taking urgently needed action to protect our workers and communities from the mounting dangers and rising costs of the widening climate crisis. This is an essential investment in public health and safety. It’s especially important for low-income communities and people of color suffering inordinate harm on the front lines of blistering heat, withering drought and raging wildfires, storms and floods.
“Today’s action also advances a key part of the solution, tapping into the vast potential for clean, renewable power from offshore wind turbines. What’s important now is to build on this momentum with climate action that meets the moment. Congress still has work to do - starting with passing badly needed clean energy incentives. And Biden must make sure every part of the government is part of the climate fix - not the problem.
“That means implementing bipartisan infrastructure funding in a way that helps cut our carbon footprint, confront environmental injustice and ensure that low-income communities share equitably in the benefits of clean energy. It means making sure our public lands and federal ocean waters help support clean energy, not lock us into a deepening dependence on fossil fuels. And it means writing rules to help clean up our cars, trucks and dirty power plants, make our homes and workplaces more efficient, and cut emissions of other dangerous greenhouse gases like methane.
“The climate crisis is accelerating. So must our action, as a nation, to confront it.”
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NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council) is an international nonprofit environmental organization with more than 3 million members and online activists. Since 1970, our lawyers, scientists, and other environmental specialists have worked to protect the world's natural resources, public health, and the environment. NRDC has offices in New York City, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Bozeman, MT, and Beijing. Visit us at www.nrdc.org and follow us on Twitter @NRDC.