Joe Biden signs climate directives, announces April summit

Tuesday, 02 Feb, 2021

On his first day in office last week, Biden signed an executive order that directed federal agencies to review and consider suspending, revising or reversing many rules enacted over the past four years.

"Today's actions advance those goals and ensure that we are tapping into the talent, grit, and innovation of American workers, revitalising the USA energy sector, conserving our natural resources and leveraging them to help drive our nation toward a clean energy future, creating well-paying jobs with the opportunity to join a union, and delivering justice for communities who have been subjected to environmental harm", it said.

Ahead of the 1:30 p.m. remarks, John Kerry, who is now Biden's special climate envoy, and national climate adviser Gina McCarthy are expected will brief White House reporters on the administration's plans. "If conditions in the USA become so onerous that it really disincentivizes investment we've got other places we can take those dollars".

The Interior Department, for example, could modify terms on leases, including royalty rates, minimum bids and provisions adjusting time frames on production "so as to make leases financially unattractive enough that producers might be disinclined to pursue them even if sales were to resume", analysts at ClearView Energy Partners, a nonpartisan research group, said in a note.

What President Biden wants to do is make sure those folks have better choices, that they have alternatives, that they could be the people who go to work to make the solar panels.

The comment was blasted by the right as extremely "out of touch" and 'elitist'. "While you're at it, don't forget 'let them eat cake!"

US President Joe Biden on Wednesday signed a series of orders aimed at quelling rising global temperatures and announced that the United States will host a climate summit in April. "The energy industry is the lifeblood of our state, and we can't afford to sacrifice jobs at a time when Louisianians are still recovering from the pandemic".

Biden's decisions to pause new oil and gas drilling leases on federal land and waters including the Gulf of Mexico, cut subsidies for fossil fuel industries and stop construction on the long-disputed Keystone XL oil pipeline aim to combat the worst of climate change.

"It's an opportunity I think for us in looking for ways to collaborate with our federal partners on this important issue supporting a national priority", Schar said.

WildEarth Guardians senior climate and energy campaigner Rebecca Sobel said Biden's far-reaching executive action on Wednesday marks a "watershed moment".

There were 299 oil and gas leases, with 230 in production on federal state lands in 2019, according to the US Bureau of Land Management.

The move reaffirms the new president's commitment to put the United States back in a position to lead the world in taking on climate change, such as by rejoining the Paris accord from which his predecessor Donald Trump withdrew the country.

'Executive Order on Establishing President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.' This order reestablishes the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.

He has faced harsh criticism for relying too heavily on this executive power "in an effort to undo the damage Trump has done" instead of moving forward with advancing his own agenda.