Biden to pause oil and gas leases, cut subsidies in climate action

Biden to pause oil and gas leases, cut subsidies in climate action

In his first address, Kerry mentioned that in the United States, over 3.3 million new workers have been put into clean energy jobs in the last five years and that India has seen a five-fold increase in clean energy jobs over the same period. With him the world knows how serious I am, he said. The first three phases of the project are complete and carry 5.5 lakh barrels of oil every day from Canada to the U.S. via a longer route. "Nothing is going to be siphoned off into one area from another".

As per a study published by the Pew Research Center in June 2020, over two-thirds of Americans think that the government should do more on climate change and about 63 per cent of Americans believe that climate change is affecting their local communities. The Senate confirmed his nomination Tuesday.

Biden also faces pressure from liberals in his own party for aggressive action to address climate change. "But this requires a unified USA approach first. They are cognizant now of climate change and how it adversely affects China (drought, floods, typhoons etc)". Schumer explained that "I think it might be a good idea for President Biden to call a climate emergency", adding that "then he can do many, many things under the emergency powers of the president that wouldn't have to go through - that he could do without legislation".

But his effort it also carries political risk for the president and Democrats as oil- and coal-producing states face job losses from moves to sharply increase USA reliance on clean energy such as wind and solar power.

Biden also is elevating the warming climate to a national security priority, directing intelligence agencies, the military and others to do more to prepare for the heightened risks.

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The new order says every federal infrastructure investment will be directed to reduce climate pollution and prioritise renewable energy projects.

David Rothschild, a British ecologist and environmentalist, expressed similar views, telling Salon in a private message on Twitter that he is "very encouraged". Our plans are ambitious but we are America.

In a reversal of Trump administration policies, Biden canceled the Keystone XL pipeline and rejoined the Paris climate agreement last week. There was also opposition from residents of the state of Nebraska where leaks from the pipeline could threaten the Ogallala Aquifer, among the world's largest freshwater reserves which provides drinking water to 20 lakh people in eight U.S. states.

Environmental policy experts told ABC News past year that while the USA lost its standing as a climate leader under Trump, it would take more than simply reentering the global stage for it to regain that status - that it would have to keep ambitious commitments for reducing its greenhouse gas outputs.

A Biden administration official told Salon that the president and his staffers recognize the importance of making sure that accurate information about the climate change crisis is relayed to the American people.

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