Press Release

The Biden Administration’s First-Year Energy and Climate Policies

The Biden Administration declared climate change a top priority and presented myriad policies to address it. In a new insight, Director of Energy Policy Ewelina Czapla outlines the administration’s first-year successes and failures in implementing its proposed climate policies by way of executive order, regulation, and legislation.

Key points:

  • The Biden Administration established national goals for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions upon submitting updated nationally determined contributions under the Paris Climate Agreement.
  • In order to accomplish these goals, the administration has proposed sector-specific policies to increase the adoption of electric vehicles and renewable generation, among other technologies.
  • The administration’s climate policies have not resulted in any substantive legislative changes; instead, the administration has relied on various executive orders and regulations to implement some of its goals, thus limiting these policies’ long-term impact.

Read the analysis