President Joe Biden signed an executive order on Wednesday, ending federal subsidies for fossil fuels, aiming to double U.S. offshore wind capacity by 2030 and directing infrastructure planning to accelerate transmission and clean energy buildout. “Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad” was one of three executive orders the president signed, all aimed at placing the climate crisis at the center of his administration and moving the U.S. toward 100% clean electricity by 2035. It also calls for electrifying the federal vehicle fleet, reviewing mining and drilling activities on public lands, and directing federal investments toward creating new job opportunities for fossil fuel workers. “Transforming the American electric sector to produce power without carbon pollution will be a tremendous spur to job creation and economic competitiveness in the 21st century, not to mention the benefits of our health and to our environment,” Biden said before signing the orders.
Days before he is set to take office, Joe Biden is setting up a bigger White House climate team than any president before him. As Juliet Eilperin and I report, the president-elect announced the planned hiring of more than a half-dozen new climate staffers to join his West Wing. The crew is drawn from the ranks of green groups, environmental justice advocates and former Democratic administration officials to grow an inner circle that will help him try to slash the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions.