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- President Joe Biden on Wednesday is set to sign several executive orders to tackle climate change and transition to a clean energy economy, the White House said.
- The executive actions include establishing climate change as a national security priority, conserving at least 30% of federal land and oceans by 2030 and canceling new oil and gas leases on public lands and waters.
- The president plans to deliver remarks and sign the orders at 1:30 p.m.
President Joe Biden on Wednesday is set to sign several executive orders to tackle climate change and transition the country to a clean energy economy, the White House said on Wednesday.
Here's the full list of Biden's executive actions so far
Steps to strengthen the nation's Covid-19 response and restore environmental protections are among Biden's first measures as president.The new president also ordered the establishment a variety of environmental protections and changes to immigration policy.
The executive actions include establishing climate change as a national security priority, conserving at least 30% of federal land and oceans by 2030 and canceling new oil and gas leases on public lands and waters, according to a review of the orders released by the administration.
Biden's executive agenda will also focus on creating green jobs and union opportunities as well as environmental justice for communities disproportionally impacted by climate change.
The administration said the climate actions will build modern and sustainable infrastructure while restoring scientific integrity in the federal government. The orders further the president's agenda to cut carbon emissions from the electricity sector by 2035 and achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.
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Biden, who has staffed the White House with a historic number of climate experts, signed an order last week, a landmark agreement among nations to curb their emissions. He also canceled construction of the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to the U.S.
The president plans to deliver remarks and sign the orders at 1:30 p.m. Biden's special climate envoy John Kerry and national climate advisor Gina McCarthy are set to brief reporters on the administration's plans.
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