Secretary Granholm issued the following statement in response to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) AR6 Working Group III report: 

“Today’s clarion call of an IPCC report reminds us of what we already know: climate change is wreaking havoc on communities and the planet, and we must sharply decrease our carbon pollution now.

How many more climate science reports do we need to respond at the urgency and scale this crisis demands? We know what we need to do—deploy, deploy, deploy clean technologies in the power sector, transportation, buildings, industry, and more. It’s the biggest opportunity in a generation to grow our economies, improve health, and invest in communities—and we can either reap the benefits today, or pay the costs tomorrow. 

Since Day One of the Biden-Harris administration, the Department of Energy has doubled down on climate action, but we have to go even faster. That’s why we are hard at work implementing $62 billion from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to lay a strong foundation for a clean energy economy. And it’s why we need the rest of President Biden’s agenda to Build a Better America, which will get us on a path to 100% clean power by 2035 and net zero emissions by 2050 and create millions of good-paying jobs.”