“We can’t wait any longer” to address the climate crisis, President Joe Biden said at the White House. ”We see with our own eyes. We know it in our bones. It is time to act.”
In the most ambitious U.S. effort to stave off the worst of climate change, President Joe Biden signed executive orders to transform America’s heavily fossil-fuel powered economy into a clean-burning one, pausing oil and gas leasing on federal land and targeting subsidies for those industries, Matthew Daly and Ellen Knickmeyer report.
The directives aim to conserve 30% of the country’s lands and waters in the next 10 years, double the nation’s offshore wind energy, and move to an all-electric federal vehicle fleet, among other changes. Biden’s sweeping plan is aimed at staving off the worst of global warming caused by burning fossil fuels.