President Joe Biden is set to take a series of activities on climate change on his seventh full day at office, fulfilling campaign promises such as freezing fresh oil and gas leasing on federal property and kicking his ambitious schedule to decrease greenhouse gas emissions -- making tackling climate change a priority across the national government.
Biden's action Wednesday will follow up on several climate-related executive orders he signed up in his first few days in office, including rejoining the Paris Agreement on climate, and revoking the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline.
Besides Biden's domestic policy priorities on climate, the order would establish climate change as a key concern for U.S. federal safety and foreign policy.
Biden will even announce that the U.S. will sponsor an international climate summit on Earth Day this year, April 22, and task former Secretary of State John Kerry with"enhanced climate ambition" to increase the U.S. devotion and drive other nations to reduce carbon dioxide emissions even more in the fight against climate change. Kerry in his position as special presidential envoy for climate will sit on the National Security Council.
Biden's aggressive activities come after President Trump rolled back many/most? Of his predecessor's climate function. Discussing virtually at the first United Nations Climate Adaptation Summit Monday, Biden's Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, former Secretary of state John Kerry, pledged the U.S. will try to"make up for" the previous four years.
They said we've 12 years in which to prevent the worst effects of climate change. Now we have nine years left and I regret that my country has been absent for three of the years," Kerry explained. "We are proud to be back. We return, I want you to know, together with humility for the lack of the previous four years and we will do everything within our capacity to compensate for it"
Wednesday's executive order will begin the procedure for the U.S. to determine its new, tougher target for how much to reduce carbon emissions along with Biden's target for a net-zero carbon economy by 2050 -- a target intended to be loftier than those laid out in the Paris Agreement.
A key element of Biden's climate program has been to create clean energy tasks, with special focus on manufacturing electric, zero-emissions vehicles. Among Wednesday's orders will direct the federal government to purchase these types of vehicles for the government's tremendous fleet, also needs they're made in the usa.
"The most exciting thing about this is that we're not requesting sacrifice here. The president fully understands that individuals are suffering today. This is all about recovering from the COVID crisis. This is all about building good, clean jobs, tasks where you could get access to good pay in unions. This is about investing in infrastructure we need to build that future that is going to get us to clean electricity and web zero in 2050. This is all claims he made that he is going to maintain," she said about the NBC's"Today" show.
Biden will even formally commit the authorities to environmental justice as well as addressing the disproportionate impact of pollution on Hispanic and Black communities, for example, health impacts that make them vulnerable to COVID-19 - a subject he and Vice President Kamala Harris both highlighted during the campaign.
The executive order directs federal agencies to address the health, ecological, and climate influences on disadvantaged communities and lead 40% of relevant national investment to those areas.