Podesta teases public lands announcements

By Robin Bravender | 04/11/2024 01:08 PM EDT

The White House energy and climate adviser also said the White House will “stand behind” its pause on new LNG export facilities.  

John Podesta

John Podesta, senior adviser to President Joe Biden for clean energy innovation and implementation, speaks during CERAWeek, an international energy conference, in Houston on March 6, 2023. Mark Felix /AFP via Getty Images

Big energy and conservation announcements are coming soon from the Biden administration, White House energy and climate adviser John Podesta said Thursday.

The administration plans to announce Thursday that it has permitted 25 gigawatts of renewable energy on public lands, Podesta said Thursday morning at a climate summit hosted by the Washington Post.

The announcement comes after Congress directed the Interior Department to permit 25 GW of solar, wind and geothermal energy production on public lands no later than 2025. It also comes as the Biden administration is pushing toward achieving a carbon-free power sector by 2035.


Expanding renewable energy on public lands is part of what Podesta called a “whole of government effort here to reduce emissions to move towards clean energy.” Podesta, who’s leading the rollout of President Joe Biden’s massive climate and renewable energy law, also recently took over as the president’s international climate adviser.