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President-elect Joe Biden. Photo: ANGELA WEISS / Getty Images

Climate change has been an immediate topic of discussion in President-elect Joe Biden's discussions this week with various heads of state.

Why it matters: It's an early sign of Biden's intent to stitch climate into his foreign policy posture. His plan includes more than simply rejoining the Paris Agreement, but expanding diplomatic efforts more broadly.

Driving the news: Per Biden's transition team, his "congratulatory calls" on Tuesday with leaders of France, Germany, Ireland and the United Kingdom all touched on climate (among a bunch of other topics).

  • Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted Monday that he and Biden spoke and are ready to "tackle the challenges and opportunities facing our two countries — including climate change and COVID-19."

What they're saying: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's office, in its readout of the call, said he invited Biden to attend the major UN climate summit the U.K. is hosting next November.

  • It's meant to be a notable platform for nations to boost their efforts as the world is nowhere near on track to implement the steep, multi-decade emissions cuts envisioned by the Paris agreement.

Go deeper: More foreign leaders have called to congratulate Biden than GOP senators

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Ben Geman, author of Generate
Jan 28, 2021 - Energy & Environment

Takeaways from Biden's sweeping order on climate change

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

President Biden's mammoth executive order on climate policy weighs in at over 7,500 words and resists any single narrative, but I've got a few initial takeaways.

Why it matters: The order aims to marshal the entire federal government behind new initiatives, so that means agencies that may not have the muscle memory or expertise of the resource and environmental branches like EPA and DOE.

Ben Geman, author of Generate
Jan 27, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Biden to sign major climate orders, setting up clash with oil industry

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

President Biden will sign new executive actions today that provide the clearest signs yet of his climate plans — elevating the issue to a national security priority and kicking off an intense battle with the oil industry.

Driving the news: One move will freeze issuance of new oil-and-gas leases on public lands and waters "to the extent possible," per a White House summary.

Jan 28, 2021 - Podcasts

Biden's wide-ranging climate plan

Yesterday, President Joe Biden signaled a new direction for the country when it comes to climate change. He said it should be considered an essential part of foreign policy and national security.

He signed an extremely wide ranging executive order that includes a number of new measures that could kick off the battle between the White House and the oil industry.

  • Plus, Facebook’s pullback from politics.
  • And, the second round of small business loans are off to a slow start.