Here Are All the Climate Actions Biden Took on Day One
As expected, the president signed executive orders to rejoin the Paris climate agreement and review Trump-era rollbacks
U.S. climate policy hung a U-turn yesterday, with President Biden using his Inauguration Day to launch a domestic and international response to climate change that is diametrically opposed to that of his predecessor.
The new administration marked the day by rejoining the Paris climate agreement, revoking the Keystone XL oil pipeline’s federal permit and pledging to “review” a laundry list of Trump administration regulatory actions aimed at propping up high-emitting industries.
The breadth of day one actions on climate change is in line with Biden’s promise that the issue would be a top-tier priority for this administration, along with inequality, systematic racism and the coronavirus pandemic.
After an inaugural address in which Biden pledged to “repair our alliances and engage with the world once again,” his State Department sent the necessary paperwork to the Paris Agreement.
The U.S. will rejoin the deal on Feb. 19—107 days after it withdrew.
The new administration in a press statement promised to “exercise global leadership” in advancing Paris’ objectives. That said, the U.S. still must formulate a 2030 pledge that tracks with the Paris objective of containing warming to “well below 2 degrees Celsius” with efforts at a 1.5 C limit.
Experts say a 50% reduction below 2005 emissions levels would achieve that goal—a heavy lift for a country whose emissions reductions have stalled in recent years.
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