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Biden to host leaders' climate summit in April

Linda Thomas Greenfield attends the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on her nomination to be the United States Ambassador to the United Nations on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. U.S

The US would also pledge to conserve 30 percent of all federal land and water by 2030, part of an worldwide push to stem biodiversity loss and confront climate change.

Rice and Yellen are key players in a Biden economics team that includes inequality and labor market specialists who say they will prioritize policies aimed at helping women and minorities who have been hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

"We don't see any reasons for it to be modified", he added.

Biden said acting now was "the right thing to do", but emphasized it would also improve the lives of all Americans.

In his maiden media appearance in his new capacity, Kerry, said that climate change is the existential threat to the world.

Extracting and burning those fuels generates the equivalent of nearly 550 million tons (500 million metric tons) of greenhouse gases annually, the U.S. Geological Survey said in a 2018 study. We have to start by creating new, good paying jobs, capping those abandoned wells.

Biden faces pressure from liberals in his own party for aggressive action to address climate change. "And we know how to do this".

Biden indicated his administration will focus on supporting the renewable energy sector, marking a turnaround from the policy of his predecessor, Donald Trump, that pushed for easing of environmental regulations. Reclaiming mines. Turning old brown field sites into new hubs of economic growth.

Republicans immediately criticized the plan as a job killer. He also is likely to direct officials to conserve 30% of the country's lands and ocean waters in the next 10 years, initiate a series of regulatory actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and issue a memorandum that elevates climate change to a national security priority. The conservation plan would set aside millions of acres for recreation, wildlife and climate efforts by 2030 as part of Biden's campaign pledge for a $2 trillion program to slow global warming.

Hours after his swearing in on January 20, Biden signed an executive order to rejoin the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

Still, it could deliver a big economic blow to New Mexico, North Dakota and other states with substantial oil and gas reserves on federal land.

"In West Virginia, we remember the effects of this playbook originally created during the Obama administration", she said Wednesday.

All of the votes against Blinken's confirmation came from Republicans. "I'm not going to sit idly by. if the Biden administration enforces policies that threaten Wyoming's economy".

Despite the existence of those groups and politicians who exploit racism for political advantages, Biden said he believes the vast majority of Americans believe in equality.

Almost a quarter of carbon dioxide emissions in the United States come from energy produced on federal land, notes a 2018 government report.

"Pausing new oil and gas leasing will improve the health of our communities, our climate and our wild places", said Athan Manuel, director of Public Lands Protection at the Sierra Club. Companies pay a 12.5 percent royalty rate on federal leases, which Weiss said is far lower than what most westerns states charge to allow drilling on state land. The group filed a legal challenge soon after Biden signed the orders.

The presidential project has also provoked strong criticism in the fossil fuel industry. The order will make any waivers more transparent and create a senior White House role to oversee the process.

"This is the boldest climate plan that has ever been put forward by an American president", Dr. Michael E. Mann, a distinguished professor of atmospheric science at Penn State University, told Salon by email.

"While the President's order does not suspend existing leases, a long-term pause and its accompanying hold on new energy development harms future production and investment statewide", said Cox.

While the oil and gas lobby gears up for a fight, environmental advocates are sustaining pressure on Biden to keep his commitment to end leasing and permitting on federal acreage.

The order exempts tribal lands, mainly in the West, that are used for energy production.

President Joe Biden announced he signed a new executive orders on Wednesday ensuring the US remains focused on combating climate change - an issue he called an "existential threat to the planet".