Biden’s Earth Week kickoff: $7B solar grants, expanded climate corps

By Jean Chemnick | 04/22/2024 06:22 AM EDT

The president will spend the week touting climate policies to young voters, while EPA will finalize four final Clean Air Act rules.

President Joe Biden speaks during a campaign event in Scranton, Pa., April 16, 2024.

President Joe Biden speaks during a campaign event Tuesday in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Matt Rourke/AP

The Biden administration will mark Earth Week with a raft of new grants and initiatives in the coming days, culminating Thursday with the roll out of new pollution standards for power plants.

On Monday — the last Earth Day of this term — President Joe Biden will travel to Prince William Forest Park in Virginia to announce the recipients of $7 billion in solar power grants for low- and moderate-income communities. Biden will also use the park — developed in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps — as his backdrop to announce the expansion of the newly formed American Climate Corps.

White House climate adviser Ali Zaidi told reporters Friday that Biden’s remarks will cast the climate crisis as an opportunity “for us to come together to unlock economic opportunity, to create pathways to middle class-supporting careers, to save people money and improve their quality of life.”


Biden has spent this spring shoring up his base in the run-up to the November election, including by canceling billions of dollars in student loans. Earth Week gives him the opportunity to tout his climate accomplishments to young and progressive voters, who could prove crucial to his reelection.