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Making climate change a top priority, U.S. President Joe Biden signed a raft of executive orders Wednesday - clean energy policies he promised would be a boon to the U.S. economy and an engine for job growth.

"This is a case where conscience and convenience cross paths, where dealing with this existential threat to the planet and increasing our economic growth and prosperity are one and the same.”

Biden said millions of good-paying, union jobs would be created in wind and solar energy – something former Secretary of State John Kerry – in his new role as U.S. climate envoy - noted at a press briefing earlier in the day.

“You look at the consequences of ‘black lung’ for a miner for instance, and measure that against the fastest-growing job in the United States before COVID - solar power technician. The same people can do those jobs.”

Meanwhile, Biden’s nominee for energy secretary, Jennifer Granholm – who spent eight years as governor of Michigan, the hub of U.S. auto manufacturing – defended the administration’s position in her confirmation hearing Wednesday as way to prevent foreign countries from hijacking U.S. jobs.

“We can buy electric car batteries from Asia, or we can make ‘em in America. We can install wind turbines from Denmark, or we can make ‘em in America.”

Biden also paused new oil and gas leases on federal land and cut fossil fuel subsidies, marking a reversal from policies put in place by his predecessor, Donald Trump - who sought to maximize U.S. oil, gas and coal output by removing regulations and easing environmental reviews.

But Biden did not enact one measure that Trump, on the campaign trail, claimed his rival would.

FORMER U.S. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP ON OCT. 26, 2020: “He’s going to ban fracking.”

BIDEN: “Let me be clear – and I know this always comes up – we’re not going to ban fracking.”

Biden last week returned the U.S. to the Paris Climate Accord after Trump abandoned the agreement.

Biden’s focus on climate change has cheered international partners and environmental advocates, but has upset Big Oil, which argues the moves will cost the U.S. millions of jobs and billions of dollars in revenue at a time when the economy can least afford it.

Video Transcript

JOE BIDEN: --COVID-19. We desperately need a unified national response to the climate crisis.

- Making climate change a top priority, US President Joe Biden signed a raft of executive orders Wednesday, clean energy policies he promised would be a boon to the US economy and an engine for job growth.

JOE BIDEN: This is a case where conscience and convenience cross paths, where dealing with this existential threat to the planet and increasing our economic growth and prosperity are one and the same.

- Biden said millions of good-paying union jobs would be created in wind and solar energy, something former Secretary of State John Kerry in his new role as US climate envoy noted at a press briefing earlier in the day.

JOHN KERRY: You know, you look at the consequences of black lung for a miner, for instance, and measure that against the fastest-growing job in the United States before COVID was solar power technician. The same people can do those jobs.

- Meanwhile, Biden's nominee for Energy Secretary, Jennifer Granholm, who spent eight years as governor of Michigan, the hub of US auto manufacturing, defended the administration's position in her confirmation hearing Wednesday as a way to prevent foreign countries from hijacking US jobs.

JENNIFER GRANHOLM: So, we can buy electric car batteries from Asia, or we can make them in America. We can stall wind turbines-- install wind turbines from Denmark, or we can make them in America.

- Biden also paused new oil and gas leases on federal land and cut fossil fuel subsidies, marking a reversal from policies put in place by his predecessor Donald Trump, who sought to maximize US oil, gas, and coal output by removing regulations and easing environmental reviews. But Biden did not enact one measure that Trump on the campaign trail claimed his rival would.

DONALD TRUMP: He's going to ban fracking.

JOE BIDEN: Let me be clear. And I know it always comes up. We're not going to ban fracking.

- Biden last week returned the US to the Paris Climate Accord after Trump abandoned the agreement. Biden's focus on climate change has cheered international partners and environmental advocates, but has upset Big Oil, which argues the moves will cost the US millions of jobs and billions of dollars in revenue at a time when the economy can least afford it.