In sweeping executive orders, Biden brings climate to the forefront of U.S. policy

A new U.S. administration is in office, and on Wednesday it made clear that addressing climate change will be at the top of its list of priorities. In an expansive series of executive orders, President Joe Biden committed to a slew of climate actions, including a halt on any new contracts for fossil fuel extraction on public land, the establishment of a new National Climate Task Force, and a plan to set aside 30 percent of America’s lands and oceans for conservation. Cumulatively, the orders represent a sharp break from the policies of former president Donald Trump, who famously pulled the U.S…

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