United States President Joe Biden has signed a series of executive orders on Jan. 27 to address “the existential threat of climate change,” making the issue the center of national security and foreign policy of his administration.
Biden has signed executive orders to “supercharge our administration’s ambitious plan” to address the climate crisis, emphasizing job creations, suspending new oil and gas leases on public lands, and bringing federal agencies together to jointly deliver the “whole-of-government” approach in addressing climate change.
“It’s about jobs — good paying union jobs. It’s a whole-of-government approach to put climate change at the center of our domestic, national security, and foreign policies. It’s advancing conservation, revitalizing communities and cities and on the farmlands, and securing environmental justice,” Biden said.
Through the orders, Biden directs the Interior Department to stop oil and gas drilling leases on public lands and offshore waters “whenever possible,” adding that the administration will review and reset the oil and gas leasing program.
The series of orders also establishes a White House Office of Domestic Climate Policy and a National Climate Task Force chaired by his National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy, as well as a Civilian Climate Corps that he introduced during his presidential campaign “to heal our public lands and make us less vulnerable to wildfires and floods.”
“We desperately need unified national response to the climate crisis, because there is a climate crisis,” Biden said, adding that the U.S. “must lead” the global response to the issue.
Biden has also signed an executive order directing government agencies to make “evidence-based” decisions in policy-making.
“We have already waited too long to deal with this climate crisis. We can’t wait any longer,” Biden said.
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