Shaheen Statement on President Biden’s Newest Executive Orders to Address Climate Crisis

January 27, 2021

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) issued the following statement in response to President Joe Biden signing Executive Orders to take decisive action to combat the climate crisis at home and abroad:

“We’ve witnessed the growing impact of climate change in New Hampshire for years, from our shortened fall foliage season and maple production, to the effects on the state’s wildlife populations, including our moose and fisheries. The climate crisis poses an existential threat to our communities in New Hampshire and around the world, which is why I applaud President Biden for taking action to reverse President Trump’s four years of rollbacks and failure on critical climate policies,” said Senator Shaheen. ”This series of executive orders marks a vital push to invest in our clean energy future, create good-paying sustainable jobs, build clean infrastructure, and restore the integrity of science and evidence in policymaking. I look forward to working with the Biden administration to restore American leadership on the global stage as we address the environmental, economic, health and national security impacts of climate change. From my role as a founding member of the Senate Climate Solutions Caucus to my leadership in negotiations leading to the Paris Climate Accord, this is for certain: I’ll always be a fierce advocate for decisive action that keeps Granite State communities safe while investing in our leadership for the clean energy future.”

Senator Shaheen is a leader in the Senate for safeguarding our environment and combating the effects of climate change. As a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Shaheen traveled to Paris to participate in high-level discussions at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference that led to the international Paris Climate Accord. Shaheen also introduced the widely praised Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act (ESIC) with Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), which contains key energy efficiency policy reforms that will strengthen the economy and reduce pollution. Policy experts at the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) found that over the lifetime of the legislation through 2050, the bipartisan bill will save consumers more than $41 billion on their energy bills, reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 1.18 billion metric tons, which is the equivalent of taking 3.1 million cars off the road each year for 30 years, and add more than 100,000 jobs to the economy. Shaheen is a founding member of the bipartisan Senate Climate Solutions Caucus, which brings together an equal number of Republicans and Democrats to craft and advance bipartisan solutions to address climate change.