Biden puts climate at center of diplomacy, to host summit in April


Federal Aviation Administration records reportedly indicate that the family of John Kerry, the Biden administration's top environmental policy adviser, owns a private jet.

The recently inaugurated president said the U.S. had to take a leading role in the fight against climate change. Fleischer ponited out that Kerry previously opposed an environmental wind project on the Nantucket Sound simply because he didn't want it to obstruct his view.

The United States will also start the process of developing its emissions-reduction target, known as the nationally determined contribution, under the Paris accord.

Establishes the National Climate Task Force, assembling leaders from across 21 federal agencies and departments.

Biden's order re-establishes the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST).

Agencies that oversee, direct or fund research are tasked with designating a senior agency employee as chief science officer to ensure agency research programs are scientifically and technologically well founded. The voluntary agreement sets benchmarks for each participant around reducing greenhouse gas emissions, increasing renewable energy, and increasing energy efficiency with the ultimate goal of keeping "a global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels".

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Within an executive order signed Wednesday by President Joe Biden that calls for government to put the climate crisis at "the center of USA foreign policy and national security" is a directive to assess the possibility of a federal geographic mapping service that could be used to support state and local governments.

Cruz also said that the Biden administration's efforts will actually cause more harm to the environment, which they aim to protect.

Srivastava recalled how Prime Minister Modi held a telephone conversation with Biden on November 17 where they affirmed their interest in working together including tackling climate change.

"When I think of climate change, I think of - and the answers to it - I think of jobs", he said.

The Republican governor signed an executive order Thursday directing Texas" state agencies to "use all lawful powers and tools to challenge any federal action that threatened the continued strength and vitality of the emergency industry'. There may also be an executive action on Medicaid, as well as the initiation of open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act.