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Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

President Trump will sign an executive order tomorrow ordering Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to review off-shore drilling opportunities.

What's in it: The Interior Department is going to both review and rewrite the off-shore drilling plan currently in place, which limits drilling to most of the Gulf of Mexico and Alaska's Cook Inlet.

Plus, industry sources tell Axios to also expect the order to seek the reversal of Obama's December effort to permanently ban development in nearly all U.S. Arctic waters and swaths of the Atlantic coast. 94% of the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) is currently off-limits.

The motivations:

  1. National security: Zinke framed it as a question of security: "It is better to produce our energy here than being held hostage by foreign entities."
  2. The environment: "It is better to produce energy here" because "environmentally we have the highest standards in the world."
  3. Jobs. "There's a social cost of not having a job. 7 million jobs are supplying affordable power" in the U.S.

Multi-year process: Although the Interior Department is expected to review and likely rewrite Obama's 2017-2022 offshore oil-and-gas leasing program, which does not offer Arctic offshore waters or Lower-48 coastal regions outside the Gulf of Mexico for development, Zinke cautioned that the executive order won't yet change the current five-year plan in place that organizes leasing schedules since the executive order will be "a multi-year effort" of review.

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Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) told reporters Wednesday he plans to reintroduce his police reform bill or a similar proposal in the coming weeks, and that he has discussed a potential compromise with Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) and Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.).

Why it matters: Eyes have again turned to Washington to take steps to address police reform in the wake of Derek Chauvin's guilty verdict Tuesday, after efforts stalled in Congress last year.

Biden announces small business tax credits for vaccine PTO

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President Biden on Wednesday will call on all employers to provide employees paid time off to get vaccinated or to recover from any side effects, and he'll include a paid tax credit for small businesses to do so, administration officials said.

Why it matters: The administration sees places of work as highly influential in making shots more convenient for working adults who are in high-risk industries.

White House unveils plans for high-profile climate summit

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The Biden administration offered new details this morning about the big, virtual climate summit Thursday and Friday and signaled they expect new emissions reduction and climate finance commitments from multiple countries.

Driving the news: The administration said 40 heads of state would attend, including Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil.