President Joe Biden has wasted no time in following through on several campaign promises related to protecting the environment and addressing climate change.
Among the actions he will take either Jan. 20 or within the week: require the U.S. to rejoin the Paris Agreement; cancel the Keystone XL pipeline permit; ban new oil and gas permitting on public lands, including the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge; reimpose methane pollution limits for new and existing oil and gas operations; review Trump administration decisions to strip away national monument protections; use the federal government procurement system to make facilities more reliant on clean energy and to purchase zero-emission electric vehicles; reestablish a working group on the societal cost of carbon; and begin the process of rescinding rollbacks on vehicle tailpipe emissions standards.
The president will also order the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to review several actions taken over the last four years that weakened clean water protections. These notably include the Dirty Water Rule, which put streams and wetlands at risk; weaker standards for coal ash and toxic pollution from power plants; and the recent update to the Lead and Copper Rule.
U.S. PIRG and Environment America have been at the forefront of campaigns for stronger environmental policies for decades, leading the charge for the adoption of renewable energy, clean transportation and the conservation of our public lands and oceans.
In addition, late last year, the groups released “First Things to Fix,” a list of environmental actions...