U.S. President Joe Biden renewed his push for Congress to pass expanded clean energy incentives during his State of the Union address.
On March 1, Biden delivered his first State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress, where his Build Back Better Act, and more than $550 billion for clean energy, has stalled. Biden called on Congress to pass incentives for home weatherization, wind and solar production, and electric vehicles.
Biden said his plan would "cut energy costs" while combatting climate change-- two central promises from his campaign for president.
In response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine, Biden vowed to "help blunt" rising energy prices. He said the U.S. will release 30 million barrels of oil from its emergency reserves, part of a collaboration with 30 countries to release 60 million barrels in global oil reserves to stabilize prices.
Biden added that the U.S. stands "ready to do more, if necessary" to boost oil supplies.Tallying wins
Biden used the State of the Union speech to congratulate Congress on passing the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package. He highlighted the $7.5 billion included in the bill for a national electric vehicle charging network and the buildout of an American supply chain, as manufacturers like Ford are investing billions in new electric vehicle and battery plants.
Biden made climate action and environmental justice a centerpiece of the infrastructure bill—which includes the federal investments in upgrading the power grid, improving public transit and investing in zero-emission transit and school buses, installing a nationwide EV charging network, cleaning up legacy pollution, delivering clean water and replacing lead pipes, demonstrating innovative climate technologies, and increasing climate resilience to safeguard against extreme weather, which last year caused more than $145 billion in damages from the biggest 20 disasters alone.
On his first day in office, Biden rejoined the Paris Agreement, a global agreement originally signed by President Obama and then subsequently dropped by President Trump. In addition, during his first year, Biden launched a climate task force, set a goal of reaching 100% carbon-free emissions, economy-wide, by 2050, and held a historic offshore wind auction that netted $4.37 billion for the American people.