President Joe Biden on Jan. 20 signed executive orders, including one that pertains to “the commitment I made that we’re going to rejoin the Paris Climate Accord as of today,” as noted in a video posted by ABC News’ official Twitter account.
Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris were sworn in earlier in the day. In his inaugural address, as posted on the White House’s website, Biden discussed climate, noting that it is “in crisis.”
According to the United Nations Climate Change website, the Paris Agreement is a legally binding international treaty on climate change that was adopted by 196 parties at COP 21 in Paris in December 2015, and entered into force in November 2016. As noted in a June 1, 2017, statement, former President Donald Trump announced at the time that the United States was withdrawing from the Paris Climate Accord.
In a Jan. 20 statement, Bob Perciasepe, president of the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, said, in part, “By moving immediately to rejoin the Paris Agreement, President Biden has wasted no time in signaling to the world that the United States stands ready to again exercise its leadership, and assume its responsibility, in tackling this profound global challenge. And with other executive actions today, the president has initiated a range of domestic measures and processes that will help engage stakeholders and position the United States to deliver on that promise.”
In a separate Jan. 20 statement, Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association, said, in part, “The climate crisis is a threat to everyone on this planet, and the solar industry stands ready to help America meet its commitments in the Paris Agreement.”
In another Jan. 20 statement, Gregory Wetstone, president and CEO of the American Council on Renewable Energy, said, in part: “The nation’s renewable sector looks forward to working with the new administration to accelerate the transition to a renewable energy economy and return the United States to a position of global leadership in the fight against climate change. Working together, we can deliver the clean energy future that Americans want and scientists say we need.”
Similarly, Heather Zichal, CEO of the American Clean Power Association, said in a Jan. 20 statement, in part, that the association stands “ready to work with leaders on both sides of the aisle who are committed to building a clean energy future that will benefit all Americans.”
Also issuing a statement on Jan. 20 was the American Gas Association, with its president and CEO Karen Harbert, saying, in part: “The new Administration has a multitude of challenges to address in the coming days and months and America’s natural gas utilities are committed to working together to make progress towards getting our country back on track and addressing the challenge of climate change. As our nation faces a financial crisis brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, natural gas will not only continue to provide an affordable energy option for the nearly 180 million Americans who rely upon it, but it will be essential for our nation and this Administration to achieve our shared emissions reductions and environmental goals.”
Likewise, Dena Wiggins, president and CEO of the Natural Gas Supply Association, in a Jan. 20 statement, said, in part: “Our member companies have long stated our support for remaining in the Paris Agreement as a platform to work with others around the world to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and attain a climate-neutral world. We are committed to a clean energy future and believe that addressing greenhouse gas emissions is necessary to making that vision a reality.”
Among others issuing statements on the inauguration, Rich Nolan, president and CEO of the National Mining Association, in a Jan. 13 statement, said, in part, that he looks “forward to working with the new administration and sharing the perspectives and priorities of our great industry, which contributes so much to American life and the U.S. economy.”