After four years of harmful rollbacks to critical environmental and climate policy, President Joe Biden has recommitted the United States to leading the way toward a cleaner energy future.

Just a week after inauguration, the Biden administration released a sweeping set of executive orders establishing an action plan to take on issues such as environmental justice, renewable energy, climate change and the conservation of public lands, water and wildlife.

When considering the orders’ impact on our state’s environment and economy, two distinct actions come to the forefront. First, the Biden administration has made a bold resolution to protect 30 percent of land and water by 2030, an initiative referred to as 30x30. Second, the administration has pressed “pause” on new oil and gas leases on federal lands.

Carrie Hamblen is the CEO/president of the Las Cruces Green Chamber of Commerce. She also is a Democratic state senator from Doña Ana County.