United States President Joe Biden holds up a face mask as he addresses the fight against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic at the White House in Washington on January 26, 2021.
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President Joe Biden will sign several executive orders on Wednesday to combat climate change and move the country to a clean energy economy, the White House said.
Executive measures include setting climate change as a national security priority, preserving at least 30% of the state and oceans by 2030, and terminating new oil and gas leases for public land and bodies of water following a review of administrative orders.
Biden’s executive agenda will also focus on creating green jobs and union opportunities, as well as environmental justice for communities disproportionately affected by climate change.
The government said the climate action would build modern and sustainable infrastructure while restoring scientific integrity in the federal government. The orders support the president’s agenda to reduce CO2 emissions from the electricity sector by 2035 and achieve net zero emissions by 2050.
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