President Joe Biden will take executive action on Wednesday to combat climate change, including temporarily blocking new leases for oil drilling on federal lands, ordering a review of fossil-fuel subsidies and other measures to overhaul U.S. energy.
Biden will sign a broad-ranging executive order directing federal agencies to consider climate change in everything from government purchases to financial regulations. He will also direct U.S. intelligence authorities to estimate how climate change affects national security.
“These executive orders follow through on President Biden’s promise to take aggressive action to tackle climate change and build on the executive actions that the resident took on his first day in office,” the White House says in a fact sheet on the planned moves released Wednesday.
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