Washington, D.C. – Today, Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet issued the following statement ahead of President Joe Biden signing an executive order on clean energy and climate action:
“Climate change is a major threat to our national security, our economy, our health, and our way of life. I applaud the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to tackling this challenge and encourage them to work with the state, tribal, and local leaders who have led on this issue for years.
“We have a real opportunity to create jobs and restore American leadership by addressing climate change through strong clean car standards, energy efficiency investments, and smart climate solutions. We should also invest in our forests and watersheds––the natural infrastructure of the West––to grow our economy and build climate resilience.
“Federal leadership on clean energy helped spark our economic recovery in Colorado in 2009. It’s a welcome breath of fresh air to have a partner who can help us achieve that again in the White House. I look forward to working with President Biden––guided by the best available science and in partnership with community leaders in Colorado––to strengthen our economy and our clean energy future through climate action.”
Yesterday, Bennet sent a letter urging the Director of the U.S. Policy Council Susan Rice and the Director of the U.S. Economic Council Brian Deese to increase investment in, expand access to, and improve the delivery of federal funding for rural communities going through energy transitions in a future economic recovery package to spur growth and create jobs.
Bennet is a leader in the Senate on climate, championing policies that implement forward-looking measures to combat the growing threat of climate change. In August 2020, Bennet joined his colleagues on the Senate Democrats Special Committee on the Climate Crisis in releasing a report calling for action to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by no later than 2050, invest in a clean energy future, and create millions of jobs.