"It is time to act".
That's what U.S. President Joe Biden said while signing an executive order to combat climate change.
"Look, this executive order I'm signing today also makes it official that climate change will be the center of our national security and foreign policy Just like we need a unified national response to COVID-19, we desperately need a unified national response to the climate crisis because there is a climate crisis"
The order includes freezing new oil and gas leases on public lands and offshore waters,as well as cutting fossil fuel subsidies as he pursues green policies.
This move towards protecting the environment is in stark contrast to policies pursued under Donald Trump who sought to maximize U.S. oil, gas and coal output by removing regulations and easing environmental reviews.
It also focuses on green transition, for instance, doubling offshore wind-produced energy by 2030.
Responding to fierce resistance from the oil industryBiden stated that the move is as much about job creation as the climate crisis,mentioning the word "job" 15 times.
Biden argued that demands for eco-friendly infrastructure would create work that would more than make up for job losses, even in parts of the country that are reliant on the fracking boom.
Earlier in the day, Biden’s international climate envoy, John Kerry also said that Washington would host an international climate change summit for Earth Day, on April 22nd.
He added, by that time there would be a new set of specific targets showing how the United States would lower its carbon dioxide emissions under the terms of the Paris Agreement.
Former president Trump had previously withdrawn from the accord, but Biden rejoined the deal in his first week in office.
Choi Jeong-yoon, Arirang News.