Earth Week Recap and Climate Policy Update

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

[co-author: Gabriel Harrison ]

Last Friday as the United States celebrated Earth Day, President Biden released a proclamation and signed a new executive order to strengthen domestic and international forest protection commitments. The order requires federal agencies to develop 2030 targets for reforestation and to compile a U.S. National Nature Assessment. Also of note, the White House Council on Environmental Quality published a final rule as part of its effort to restore provisions, including climate change-related provisions, of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), implementing regulations that were changed by the Trump administration. Additionally, significant announcements came from multiple federal agencies, including:

  • The Environmental Protection Agency announcing a $542 million investment to reduce pollution and plastic in waterways and ocean.
  • The U.S. Agency for International Development announcing a new Climate Strategy to guide agency efforts to address climate change between 2022-2030.
  • The U.S. Department of Interior announcing a roadmap for continued renewable energy deployment on public lands.
  • The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration announcing the launch of the new $6.4 billion Carbon Reduction Program.
  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture announcing nearly $800 million in critical infrastructure to address climate change in rural America.

For a comprehensive list of last week’s climate-related federal agency news and this week’s congressional hearings and events, please read Akin Gump’s Climate Policy Update.

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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