Though he misspoke about the target date, President Joe Biden appeared to be touting a set of conservation initiatives put forth by his administration during a speech Monday in California.
“And maybe most important, I've committed to – by 2020, we will have conserved 30% of all the lands and waters the United States has jurisdiction over and simultaneously reduce emissions to blunt climate impact,” Biden told a group of reporters at the Lucy Evans Baylands Nature Interpretive Center and Preserve.
Obviously, having it done by 2020 would be impossible since Biden took office in 2021.
However, according to a White House fact sheet issued in March, the administration has plans to protect “at least 30% of U.S. lands and waters by 2030.”
The fact sheet was issued in conjunction with March’s White House Conservation in Action Summit, and it states Biden’s intention to “conserve and restore lands and waters across the nation, including by establishing Avi Kwa Ame National Monument in Nevada and Castner Range National Monument in Texas.”
“The President will also direct the Secretary of Commerce to consider exercising her authority to protect all U.S.
waters around the Pacific Remote Islands,” the release continues.