WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.), top Democrat on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, released the following statement on President Biden’s executive orders to jumpstart a whole-of-government approach to the climate crisis.

“Meeting the demands of the climate crisis is an urgent challenge that presents us with an incredible opportunity. I’m thrilled that the Biden Administration is wasting no time capitalizing on that opportunity in ways that benefit the American people and our planet. With his executive action today, President Biden is laying the foundation for bold, government-wide action that puts us on a path to net-zero emissions by 2050. Importantly, he’s doing so in a way that prioritizes American workers, environmental justice, and scientific integrity.

“President Biden’s executive action furthers progress on several key issues that I have been focused on for many years in the Senate. It directs the State Department to prepare for the ratification of the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol, a global agreement to phase down the use of powerful greenhouse gases known as hydrofluorocarbons or HFCs. This will build upon the implementation of my AIM Act, which was signed into law last year. The executive order will stimulate more offshore wind and electric vehicle production here at home and protect our beautiful coasts and public lands for future generations. I’m also glad it invests in communities that too often feel left behind when it comes to transitioning to a clean economy.

“Getting to net-zero is not going to be easy. It’s going to require bold action throughout our government and across society. I’m encouraged by the Biden Administration taking leadership on this urgent issue and pushing us in the right direction. Now it’s time for Congress to come together and seize on this moment.”