Biden, Emphasizing Job Creation, Signs Sweeping Climate Actions, New York Times ($)

The array of directives — touching on international relations, drilling policy, employment and national security, among other things — elevate climate change across every level of the federal government.

By Lisa FriedmanCoral Davenport and Christopher Flavelle • Published Jan. 27, 2021 | Updated Feb. 2, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Biden on Wednesday signed a sweeping series of executive actions — ranging from pausing new federal oil leases to electrifying the government’s vast fleet of vehicles — while casting the moves as much about job creation as the climate crisis.

Mr. Biden said his directives would reserve 30 percent of federal land and water for conservation purposes, make climate policy central to national security decisions and build out a network of electric-car charging stations nationwide. MORE>>