Reentering the Paris agreement:
On Jan. 20, 2021 President Joe Biden signed an executive order for the United States to rejoin the Paris agreement. More than 180 countries are part of the agreement to finance programs and share resources, meant to lower greenhouse gas emissions and become carbon neutral by 2050 according to CBS news. Rejoining allows the U.S. to contribute and push efforts to tackle the climate crisis.
President Biden revokes permit for the Keystone XL pipeline:
The Keystone XL pipeline brings tar sands from Canada into the U.S. President Biden revoked a permit to allow the expansion of the pipeline that would have destroyed habitats and put around 12 endangered species at more of a risk, according to the Center for Biological Discovery. This action also prevented potential spills that would have been extremely problematic for animals, people and the environment.
Climate change a priority across all federal agencies:
President Biden made the executive order for all federal agencies to address climate change in their decisions. Agencies were directed to increase renewable energy, decrease fossil fuel production and prioritize environmental justice according to the Earth Institute.
Ban on gasoline powered cars by 2035:
California Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order banning gasoline powered vehicles in 15 years, Calmatters reported. Additionally, 15 countries have pledged to phase out gasoline powered cars to cut down air pollution according to ca.gov.
Biden halts oil drilling in the Arctic:
In January 2021, President Biden put a halt on drilling in the Arctic. With the lack of resources to respond to oil spills mixed with the extreme weather, drilling in the Arctic Ocean is extremely dangerous for the environment and wildlife living there, according to World WildLife. Halting the drilling prevents more damage to the extremely fragile arctic.