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The Biden administration has given unprecedented prioritization to climate and environmental justice goals. This includes the historic agency and administrative appointments of Tribal advisers and leaders; the restoration of protections to areas of Indigenous significance; co-designing collaborative management of federal lands; and support for the Inflation Reduction Act's landmark $60 billion investment for environmental justice communities. Furthermore, a major pillar of the administration's plan to meet global climate targets has been a renewed focus on the clean energy transition, including deploying 30 gigawatts of offshore wind energy by 2030.

Previously, the fossil fuel industry has dominated the energy matrix, which has allowed modern economies and infrastructure to emerge—but at a significant cost. This infrastructure has been built on or near Indigenous lands and in historically marginalized communities that bear disproportionate shares of environmental health costs. The industry has created a dependency on a dirty and financially volatile system forced upon Indigenous people. Building a new energy system presents an opportunity to restore justice to these communities and ensure that new infrastructure and investments build and maintain thriving communities.

4 Ways the Biden Administration Can Ensure Offshore Wind Development Benefits Tribes and Indigenous People