On January 20th, 2021, President Joe Biden signed an executive order to rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement, a global effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and combat climate change. The move marks a major shift in the United States’ stance on climate change, as the Trump administration had withdrawn from the agreement in 2017.
The Paris Climate Agreement was first signed in 2015 and is an international effort to reduce global emissions and limit the rise in global temperatures. The agreement sets out a framework for countries to reduce their emissions and to report on their progress. The United States was one of the original signatories of the agreement, but the Trump administration withdrew from the agreement in 2017.
President Biden’s executive order is a major step towards re-engaging the United States in the global effort to combat climate change. The order directs the State Department to begin the process of rejoining the agreement, and it also directs the Environmental Protection Agency to review and revise the Trump administration’s rollback of environmental regulations.
The executive order also sets out a plan for the United States to reduce its emissions by 50-52% by 2030, compared to 2005 levels. This is a significant increase from the Obama administration’s goal of reducing emissions by 26-28% by 2025.
The executive order also directs the federal government to take a number of steps to reduce emissions, including investing in clean energy, promoting energy efficiency, and conserving public lands. The order also calls for the United States to work with other countries to reduce emissions and to help developing countries adapt to the impacts of climate change.
The executive order is a major step forward in the United States’ efforts to combat climate change, and it signals a shift in the country’s stance on the issue. The order is a clear indication that the Biden administration is committed to taking action on climate change, and it is a sign that the United States is ready to re-engage in the global effort to reduce emissions and combat climate change.