Carbon policy

Issues

Clean energy offers cost-effective solutions to combat climate change and address a pandemic-induced recession by reducing emissions, creating jobs, and driving billions of dollars in investment. Comprehensive carbon policy will speed the clean energy transition, bolstering our economy and environment.

Commonsense, market-based carbon policy means cleaner power and a stronger economy.

The Biden administration has set a goal of achieving 100% clean electricity for the power sector by 2035 and net-zero carbon emissions economy-wide by 2050. Rapidly scaling up American clean energy is a cornerstone of meeting these targets.

Wind and solar already avoid 52 million cars’ worth of CO2 emissions a year, representing highly affordable, reliable solutions for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. As the Biden administration seeks to set and attain ambitious clean-energy goals, it will likely work with Congress in shaping carbon policy, which could include options like enacting a federal Clean Energy Standard (CES) and/or an economy-wide carbon tax.

Fortunately, support for carbon policy has become increasingly bipartisan. In the 116th Congress (2019-2020), Democrats continued touting the importance of comprehensive carbon policy and, increasingly, so did Republicans. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have continued to express an openness and desire for passing climate legislation.

Executive Orders, administrative actions, and budget priorities can also play a role in setting carbon policy. The Environmental Protection Agency, using its authority under the Clean Air Act, can set carbon-reduction regulations, while the Department of Transportation can help drive electrification measures forward. The Office of Management of Budget can set a social cost of carbon to ensure all government regulations limit carbon impacts, and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission can play a critical role by encouraging regional transmission organizations (RTOs) to incorporate a carbon price into their markets, as well as ensuring infrastructure can support carbon targets.

Clean energy is the foundation of carbon policy and a strong economy.

1.5B

Wind and solar have avoided 1.5 billion tons of carbon dioxide emissions since 2005.

52M

Clean energy avoids 52 million cars’ worth of CO2 emissions every year.

300,000

Clean energy provides jobs for more than 300,000 Americans.
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