The Biden administration also intends to cancel the permit for the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to the U.S. and sign additional orders in the coming days to reverse several of former President Donald Trump's actions weakening environmental protections.
Biden vows to move quickly on climate change action, and his inclusion of scientists throughout the government marks the beginning of a major policy reversal following four years of the Trump administration's weakening of climate rules in favor of fossil fuel producers.
Nearly every country in the world is part of the Paris Agreement, the landmark nonbinding accord among nations to reduce their carbon emissions. Trump withdrew the U.S. from the agreement in 2017.
Mitchell Bernard, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council, said Biden's order to rejoin the accord makes the U.S. part of the global solution for climate change rather than part of the problem.