This bill would codify the provisions of Executive Order 13653, which was an Obama-era executive order preparing the U.S. for the impacts of climate change that was subsequently reversed. It had set forth a commitment to ensuring that the federal government identifies and considers climate changes’ wide-ranging impact in the development of relevant national security doctrines, policies, and plans. It marked the first time that U.S. security agencies were required to consider climate change in the formulation of national security doctrine.
Executive Order 13653 directed U.S. federal agencies to take steps to help American communities strengthen their resilience to extreme weather and prepare for other effects of climate change. It addressed four task areas:
- Modernizing Federal Programs to Support Climate Resilient Investment
- Managing Lands and Waters for Climate Preparedness and Resilience
- Providing Information, Data, and Tools for Climate Change Preparedness and Resilience
- Federal Agency Planning for Climate Change Related to Risk
President Trump revoked Executive Order 13653 via his own executive order on energy independence (Executive Order 13783) in March 2017.