"Gina McCarthy Outlines Biden's First Climate Actions"

"Joe Biden will spend his first hours as president trying to obliterate much of the Trump administration's deregulatory agenda, restore public land protections and reestablish the United States as a global leader on climate change policy.

Biden will sit in the Oval Office later today and sign a sweeping executive order to rejoin the Paris Agreement and undo President Trump's rollback of greenhouse gas policies, said Gina McCarthy, Biden's national climate adviser.

"We know rejoining [Paris] won't be enough, but along with strong domestic action, which this executive order kicks off, it is going to be an important step for the United States to regain and strengthen its leadership opportunities," McCarthy told reporters late yesterday.

The process of rejoining the Paris Agreement will begin today with a letter to the United Nations requesting U.S. membership. It will take 30 days for the U.S. to formally reenter the nonbinding global agreement to reduce emissions."

Scott Waldman reports for E&E News January 20, 2021.


"A ‘Nerve Center’ for Climate in the Biden White House" (New York Times)

"Biden's Return To Paris Pact Just A First Step On U.S. Climate Action" (Thomson Reuters Foundation)

"Biden Set To Rejoin Paris Climate Accord, Impose Curbs On U.S. Oil Industry" (Reuters)

"Biden To Overturn Trump’s Climate Legacy On Dozens Of Fronts" (Washington Post)

Source: E&E News, 01/20/2021