Biden pledges more climate action in annual address

By Andres Picon | 03/08/2024 06:27 AM EST

President Joe Biden’s State of the Union speech highlighted some of his energy and climate achievements.

President Joe Bien speaking.

President Joe Biden delivering his State of the Union address. Behind him are Vice President Kamala Harris and Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.). Francis Chung/POLITICO

President Joe Biden boasted Thursday about his administration’s historic investments to boost clean energy deployment and slow down climate change — and promised to do even more.

Biden’s State of the Union address, while relatively sparse on energy and environment talking points, was unambiguous about his administration’s ambitions to continue prioritizing renewables in an effort to protect Americans and the environment from the threat of a warming climate.

The president rattled off key climate goals such as slashing greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030, and he touted major climate policies like his Civilian Climate Corps, a federal program that aims to place 20,000 Americans in green jobs.


“I’m taking the most significant action on climate ever in the history of the world,” Biden said. “I’ve launched a Climate Corps to put 20,000 young people to work at the forefront of our clean energy future.”