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Biden to overturn Trump’s climate legacy on dozens of fronts
Biden to overturn Trump’s climate legacy on dozens of fronts Biden will order federal agencies to review scores of climate policies enacted during the Trump administration and, if possible, to quickly reverse them. Nearly half of the regulations the new administration is targeting come from the Environmental Protection Agency, on issues ranging from drinking water and dangerous chemicals to gas mileage standards.
WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden will deliver remarks Wednesday on his plan to tackle climate change and sign related executive actions to further the key part of, which includes “creating jobs and restoring scientific integrity,” the White House said Wednesday.
Some of the executive actions Wednesday will focus on elevating climate change to a national security priority, directing the federal government to conserve about 30 percent of all federal land and water by 2030 and suspending new leases for natural gas and oil development on federal lands and waters, two sources familiar with his plans said.
Power Up: Unity in Washington will be harder than Biden makes it sound
Republicans are already objecting to some of his first moves in office. © Jim Lo Scalzo/AP President Biden signs three documents including an inauguration declaration, cabinet nominations and sub-cabinet nominations in the President's Room at the US Capitol after the inauguration ceremony (Jim Lo Scalzo/Pool Photo via AP) Some Republicans such as Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) even trashed Biden's speech itself, which was widely-lauded for its appeals for Americans to set aside their political differences and work together for a better country.
In a reversal of Trump administration policies, Bidenand rejoined the Paris climate agreement last week.
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. Kerry served as secretary of state and McCarthy as EPA administrator in the Obama administration.
Biden's Covid-19 response team will hold its first regular briefing at 11 a.m. ET to discuss the status of the federal government’s strategy to address the coronavirus pandemic. Dr. Anthony Fauci, now Biden's chief medical adviser on the disease, White House Covid-19 response coordinator Jeff Zients and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky are expected to participate.
Vice President Kamala Harris will ceremonially swear in Antony Blinken as Biden’s secretary of state at 11:45 a.m. ET. The SenateTuesday.
Biden's nominees for energy secretary, secretary of veterans affairs and U.S. ambassador to the United Nations — respectively, Jennifer Granholm, Denis McDonough and Linda Thomas-Greenfield — have Senate confirmation hearings Wednesday.
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Biden is robustly using his pen to try and slash climate emissions, roll back Donald Trump's orders, and expand health care, among other things. It's Friday and this is the Power Up newsletter. Have a great weekend and see you on Monday.