US President Joe Biden signed 15 executive orders just hours after taking office on Wednesday, including the one aimed at the US return to the Paris Agreement on climate change, international news agencies report.
“We will fight climate change like we have never done before,” said Biden of the Oval Office.
He had promised in the election campaign that he would bring the United States back to agreement from the very first day he arrived at the White House.
Donald Trump notified the UN of the US intention to leave the agreement in 2019, a decision that became official in November 2020.
Another order concerns the revocation of the presidential authorization granted for the construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. Launched in 2008, the project was blocked by former President Barack Obama, but authorized by President Donald Trump.
The new White House leader has also signed orders in areas such as managing the new coronavirus pandemic and racial inequality.
Another decision will end Trump’s travel ban on citizens from predominantly Muslim countries.
Biden also called on his administration to strengthen the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program for immigrant children.
The new president also ordered the wearing of masks and respect for social distance in all federal buildings and on all federal lands, and ended a national emergency declaration that formed the basis for reallocating federal funds to build a wall. along the US-Mexico border.
The reaction of the European Commission
European Commission Executive Vice President for the European Ecological Pact Frans Timmermans and High Representative / Vice President Josep Borrell welcomed in a joint statement on Wednesday the decision of US President Joe Biden to initiate the procedure for the US return to the Paris Agreement on climate change, informs Reuters .
“The European Union welcomes President Biden’s decision for the United States to rejoin the Paris Agreement on climate change. We look forward to having the United States with us again in our global efforts to combat the climate crisis. The climate crisis is the defining challenge of our time and can only be addressed by joining forces. Climate action is our global collective responsibility “, according to the joint statement published on the European Commission’s website.
Senior European officials also said that a crucial moment for growing global ambition would be the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow in November, stressing that they would use future G7 and G20 meetings to build in this direction.
“We are convinced that if all countries join a global zero-emission race, the entire planet will win,” the statement said.
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