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Biden Administration Lowering Energy Costs, Reducing Emissions, and Delivering Clean Water

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Building on President Biden’s historic announcements last week to use the Defense Production Act to boost American manufacturing of clean energy technologies and to make charging electric vehicles affordable and accessible for everyone, this week the Biden-Harris Administration announced new actions to lower energy costs for American families, protect frontline communities from dangerous water pollution, and secured new commitments from international partners to achieve energy and food security while tackling the climate crisis. 
 
President Biden’s latest actions received widespread press coverage and praise from Members of Congress, climate and environmental organizations, and more:

  • Advance efficiency standards that cut costs: The Department of Energy proposed new energy efficiency standards for residential gas furnaces that will cut greenhouse gas emissions and save households $1.9 Billion from energy costs annually. The proposed rule also requests comment on how the President’s actions to spur heat pump manufacturing using the Defense Production Act will help to reduce costs for these super-efficient home heating and cooling devices.
  • Delivering Clean Drinking Water: This week, the Environmental Protection Agency announced that it’s making $1 Billion in funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law available to states and territories to address PFAS and other contaminants in water, particularly for small and disadvantaged communities facing disproportionate impacts. EPA also issued a health advisory reducing permissible health thresholds for PFAS to near zero to protect public health and access to clean water.
  • Raising Global Ambition to Strengthen Energy Security: Today, the President reconvened leaders of the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate to raise ambitions to tackle the climate crisis, while advancing energy-security and food security. This included a Global Methane Pledge Energy Pathway to capture and utilize methane leaks; Collective Zero-Emissions Vehicle Goal to achieve 50% of new sales by 2030; Green Shipping Challenge to decarbonize ocean-based shipping; and a Global Fertilizer Challenge to reduce agricultural emissions and strengthen food security.
  • Replacing America’s Lead Pipes: Today, Vice President Harris announced $500 million for states and local governments to reduce lead exposure, in line with the President’s Justice40 Initiative, and provided an update on the Biden-Harris Lead Pipe and Paint Action Plan. To date, the Administration has announced more than $4 billion from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funds and annual appropriations to replace America’s lead pipes – while making it easier for communities to access funding, remediate lead in schools and child care centers, and remove lead from drinking water.