Joe Biden: ‘We can’t wait any longer’ to address climate crisis

Biden ‘We can’t wait any longer’ to address climate crisis
President Joe Biden signs an executive order on climate change, in the State Dining Room of the White House, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, in Washington. Source: AP Photo
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Daily US Times: In the most ambitious US effort to stave off the worst of climate crisis, President Biden signed executive orders on Wednesday to transform the country’s heavily fossil-fuel powered economy into a clean-burning one, pausing gas and oil leasing on federal land and targeting subsidies for those industries.

The directives aim to conserve 30 percent of the counry’s waters and lands in the next 10 years, double the country’s offshore wind energy, and move to an all-electric federal vehicle fleet, among other changes. Joe Biden’s sweeping plan is aimed at staving off the worst of global warming caused by burning fossil fuels.

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 US reliance on clean energy such as wind and solar power.

President Biden said at the White House: “We can’t wait any longer″ to address the climate crisis, adding that “We see with our own eyes. We know it in our bones. It is time to act.″

The president said his orders will “supercharge our administration’s ambitious plan to confront the existential threat of climate change.”

Joe Biden has set a goal of eliminating pollution from fossil fuel in the US power sector by 2035 and from the country’s economy overall by 2050, speeding what is already a market-driven growth of solar and wind energy and lessening the country’s dependence on oil and gas.

The aggressive plan is aimed at slowing human-caused global warming that is magnifying extreme weather events such as drenching rains and hurricanes in the East and deadly wildfires in the West.

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