The new president is ordering social distancing and the wearing of masks on federal property in a new executive order. He also started a “100 Days Masking Challenge” to enforce all Americans to wear a mask for the first 100 days of his term, in an attempt to bar the spread of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, which causes the notorious COVID-19 disease.
Biden is also making a “COVID-19 response coordinator” job to fill the role former Vice President Mike Pence played in the Trump administration’s Coronavirus Task Force and will re-embed his COVID-19 pandemic response team within the National Security Council. He is also requesting the Congress to approve increases for COVID-19 aid, delay eviction and foreclosure moratoriums, and pause payments for federal loans, including student loans.
Biden made several steps over policies to approach climate change, including signing a document that allows the United States to rejoin the Paris Climate Accord within 30 days. He released an announcement that said he will “hereby accept the [Paris] Agreement and every article and clause thereof on behalf of the United States of America.”
Former President Donald Trump first announced in 2017 his intention to retreat from the Paris Climate Accord, calling the United Nations framework to address climate change “a total disaster” for the U.S. economy that was too soft towards communist China and its greenhouse gas emissions.
“The Paris Climate Accord is simply the latest example of Washington entering into an agreement that disadvantages the United States to the exclusive benefit of other countries, leaving American workers—who I love—and taxpayers to absorb the cost in terms of lost jobs, lower wages, shuttered factories and vastly diminished economic production,” Trump stated in 2017.
The United States formally left the climate accord on Nov. 4, 2020, but Biden on Nov. 5, 2020, promised he would have the country rejoin the agreement once he came into office. Former President Barack Obama had the United States join the agreement during the last months of his term in 2016. At the time, he said that the battle against climate change is not one that “any one country, no matter how powerful, can take alone.”
In a separate executive order, Biden ordered federal agencies to examine and discuss actions taken by the Trump administration on the environment or public health. The order involves a number of other action items, including revoking authorization for the Keystone XL oil pipeline, and placing a moratorium on Arctic oil and gas leasing.