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The Biden administration issued an executive order Thursday giving Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen six months to recommend steps to reduce the risks to financial stability posed by climate change. Her assessment will incorporate financial regulators’ plans to boost climate-risk disclosures.
The order also asks National Economic Council Director Brian Deese and National Climate Adviser Gina McCarthy, in coordination with Yellen and the Office of Management and Budget, to identify and disclose, within 120 days, the extent of exposure government programs and assets have to climate risks.
“Our modern financial system was built on the assumption that the climate was stable, and that assumption has largely dominated existing financial models, and it’s underpinned the way that we invest capital, the way that we have built society, and the way that we have forecasted for the long term,” Deese said Thursday, according to Bloomberg. “Today it’s clear that we no longer live in such a world.”