President Joe Biden on Wednesday signed an effective executive order compelling the federal government to plan and respond to an urgent threat of a warm planet, keeping in mind the historic historical vision of how the United States could once again become a global climate leader.
These measures will close new fossil fuel leases on government land, strengthen the development and conservation of renewable energy, as well as create new government offices and interconnection groups to prioritize job creation, pollution cleanliness and environmental justice.
Since taking office last week, Biden and his cabinet nominees have repeatedly said tackling the climate crisis is one of their top priorities. With this new initiative, Biden is detailing how the federal government plans to make it the focus of the response.
“The United States and the world are facing a deeper climate crisis,” the chief said Executive order Dr. Beadon signed. “We have a narrow moment of action at home and abroad to avoid the most catastrophic effects of this crisis and to seize the opportunity to address the presentation of climate change.”
Biden’s initial climate measures stand in stark contrast to former President Donald Trump’s actions, including the immediate removal of climate change from the White House website, the failure of climate action and the use of his executive power to develop oil, gas and coal.
Biden’s one-on-one climate action was Trump’s direct response, which included instructing his staff to review more than 100 anti-environmental regulations enacted by Trump and to begin the process for the country. Re-join the Paris Climate Agreement. But these new measures are much more than reversing Trump’s moves or reinstating the climate initiative led by former President Barack Obama.
“Today makes it clear that President Biden listens loudly and clearly to the demands of our generation, understands the power of our movement, and is serious about using executive power to deliver on his campaign promises,” said Sunrise Movement executive director Barshi Prakash.
As part of a broader new executive order, Biden is instructing the Department of the Interior to refrain indefinitely from leasing new oil and gas on public land and coastal waters “as far as possible.” The order did not specifically prohibit new coal leases and left fossil fuel leases on tribal lands at their discretion.
In addition, Biden is conducting a review of existing fossil fuel lease and development projects, and has asked the Department of the Interior to find ways to encourage federally owned watersheds and renewable energy projects on land, especially sea air.
An oil and gas trading firm called the American Petroleum Institute has announced new sanctions. “Restrictions on the leasing and development of natural gas and oil on federal land and water could pose a threat to U.S. energy security, economic growth, and well-paying American jobs.” API tweeted.
While the order will not affect most of the country’s oil and gas drilling and coal mining, which occurs on private land, it could have a major climate impact. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the extraction of fossil fuels on public land between 2005 and 2014 accounted for about 25% of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions. Report.
A key part of the executive order is the creation of new offices and committees focused on resolving specific climate issues and goals. In addition to officially building a new White House Domestic Climate Policy Office, Led by Gina McCarthyBiden, the former head of the Environmental Protection Agency, set up a national climate task force on Wednesday to instruct members across agencies and departments to “enable a full-fledged approach to tackling the climate crisis,” according to a White House memo.
Biden is also creating a civilian Climate Corps Initiative designed to create new jobs in conservation, an integrity working group in the coal and power plant community, and projects to reduce pollution from existing and abandoned fossil fuels. Environmental Justice Advisory Council to encourage oversight and enforcement of justice.
Who is leading the new effort, how much funding they will receive, or just how much timeline has been provided to deliver on these bold goals.
For the most part, Biden’s actions follow its climate promotion promises, such as a separate pledge to conserve 30% of public land and water by 2030, and an international climate summit in its first 100 days – to be held on Earth Day on April 22, 2021.
“For the past four years we have had a feeding frenzy over public land and water and this suspension is the right way to start the overdue transformation of our more sustainable economy,” Rep. Rail Grizalva, a Democrat from Arizona and chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources Grizalva co-sponsored the Ocean-Based Climate Resolution Act of 2020 last year, which similarly supports the 30% conservation target. He said that now the Congress will go ahead with the bill.
“The risks of climate change cannot be greater than they are now,” John Kerry, the president’s special envoy for meteorology, told a news briefing on Wednesday.
“It is necessary to convene this summit in 2021, which is set for the lost time of the last four years,” he said, referring to the upcoming climate meeting. “The world will measure us by what we can do at home.”
Additionally, McCarthy said Wednesday that the U.S. plans to release its updated climate commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement before the April summit.
As part of a separate memorandum on scientific integrity, Biden is republishing the disbanded Scientific Advisory Committee under Trump. Separately, he is re-launching the President’s Council of Advisers on Science and Technology.