Executive Order 018: Preserving Environmental Integrity Of The Arctic And Bering Sea

Executive Order 018: Preserving Environmental Integrity Of The Arctic And Bering Sea


Whereas The Arctic Circle and the Bering Sea provide immeasurable value to the United States, including military strategy, ecological significance, economic value, and cultural significance for the mostly indigenous individuals living in the Far North.

Whereas Climate change has resulted in unprecedented polar ice cap melting, irregularities in ice melting and reformation patterns, and unsustainable temperature increases in the region.

Whereas The United States chairs the Arctic Council; has an obligation to the indigenous and non-indigenous citizens of Alaska; and has a history of working with its northern neighbor, Canada, which its Federal Government wishes to continue in order to combat the disastrous effects of climate change which would impact both nations and the globe on a massive scale.

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:

SECTION 1 – Establishment

(a) This order hereby establishes an Arctic Preservation Task Force (APTF), whose mission it will be to work with the relevant Federal Government offices already involved in missions to maintain the Arctic and Bering Sea ecosystems, as well as Alaska Native tribal governments, Alaska Native tribal organizations, research institutions, universities, and both private and nonprofit partners who have an express interest in said mission.

(b) The APTF shall consist of:

(i) A Chair of the APTF, who shall be the the head of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, or his or her designee.

(ii) A Vice Chair of the APTF, who shall be the National Security Council advisor, or his or her designee.

(iii) Either the head or designee of the following: Office of Science and Technology Policy, Council on Environmental Quality, Domestic Policy Council, and the National Security Council

(iv) The Deputy Secretary or designee of the following: Departments of State, Defense, Justice, the Interior, Agriculture, Commerce, Labor, Health and Human Services, Transportation, Energy, and Homeland Security; the Office of the Director of National Intelligence; the Environmental Protection Agency; the National Aeronautics and Space Administration; the National Science Foundation; the Arctic Research Commission; and the Office of Management and Budget; the Assistant to the President for Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs; and a designated representative from the United States Coast Guard as well as any other agencies or offices as determined appropriate by the Chair.

(c) The APTF shall have the authority to form subcommittees, working groups, and spearhead initiatives independently or in conjunction with relevant partners and agencies in order to carry out its duties.

SECTION 2 – Responsibilities

(a) The APTF shall provide guidance and coordinate efforts to implement the priorities, objectives, activities, and responsibilities identified in National Security Presidential Directive 66/Homeland Security Presidential Directive 25, Arctic Region Policy, the National Strategy for the Arctic Region and its Implementation Plan, and related agency plans.

(b) The APTF shall provide guidance with regards to Federal activities, consistent with agency authorities, while the United States is Chair of the Arctic Council, including, where appropriate, recommendations for resources to use in carrying out those activities.

(c) Work when possible with the State of Alaska, Alaska Native tribal governments, and any other groups and organizations deemed relevant by the APTF (hereby referred to as "tribal affiliates") to:

(i) Improve information sharing among Federal, State, local, and Alaska tribal governments, as well as tribal affiliates;

(ii) Designate a Federal point of contact with the State of Alaska and the Alaska Native tribal governments, as well as tribal affiliates, to support the APTF and its partners' efforts; and

(iii) Invite relevant consultants from the aforementioned groups or other groups deemed significant by the APTF to spark discussions and initiatives in line with the Task Force's mission.

(d) Provide additional specific information regarding the following:

(i) Next-step strategies for reducing pollution from vessels active in the Bering Sea.

(ii) Determine optimal routes of navigation to prioritize safety, efficiency, and the protection of the environmental integrity of the Bering Sea.

(iii) Work with the State of Alaska, Arctic Tribes, and tribal affiliates in order to assess impact and decision-making with regards to the indigenous populations and non-indigenous populations in the Arctic region.

Signed,

/u/Bigg-Boss, President of the United States of America


The full document can be found here.

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