Biden administration is set to unveil its new climate policies next week that it believes are needed to tackle climate change. On Saturday, US President’s key aides on climate said that the new administration is urging Beijing to toughen its greenhouse gas emissions.
Biden’s national climate advisor Gina McCarthy did not clarify what policies would be unveiled. However, Reuters reported on Thursday that the White House is set to issue a flurry of executive orders aimed to elevate national security priority and combating climate change domestically on January 27.
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While addressing a virtual meeting of the American Conference of Mayors, McCarthy said, “We’ve already sent signals on the things that we don’t like that we’re going to roll back, but this week you’re going to see us move forward with what’s the vision of the future.”
Earlier, on January 20, soon after assuming the presidential office Joe Biden issued executive orders rejoining the historic Paris climate change agreement and canceling the Keystone XL pipeline that would import soil tar from neighboring Canada. Both orders reversed key Trump policies. During his time in the country’s top office, Trump reversed as many as a hundred climate regulations as he pursued his ambitious policy of increasing the energy exports.
Meanwhile, John Kerry, President’s special climate envoy, stated that a recent pledge by the world’s biggest greenhouse gas emitter, China, was not enough. In 2015, as a secretary of state under Obama, Kerry helped bring Beijing to the Paris UN Climate Conference. Now, the new administration is applying diplomatic pressure on countries to work harder towards tackling climate change, John Kerry said.
On Friday, Kerry talked with European foreign ministers, who told Biden’s envoy that they had better expectations with the new government following lack of practical steps in the climate during Trump’s time in the presidential office.
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