Biden to pause new oil and gas leases on public lands in sweeping climate order

New executive orders place environmental justice in the center of climate reform

A man protests against a pumpjack representing the oil industry.
A man protests against a pumpjack representing the energy industry. (Getty royalty free)

WASHINGTON—President Joe Biden is set to sign a host of executive orders on climate Wednesday that will put a hold on new oil and gas leases on federal property, place environmental justice in the center of climate reform and set goals of conserving nearly a third of the nation’s land and water.