Washington: Joe Biden Has stated that he will return the United States to the Paris Climate Agreement as soon as he takes office, and is widely expected to block an oil pipeline project in a move that threatens ties with Canada .
And this is just the beginning.
Experts say that after four years Donald TrumpBy setting concrete targets to cut their emissions on the path to net zero by 2050, Democrats will have to rebuild the credibility the US has lost in the eyes of the international community.
After that, it has to realize its $ 2 trillion climate plan, which will put green action at the center of the economy and the Kovid-19 epidemic to overcome it, to ensure long-term change. Future Republican President.
“I think it’s important that America demonstrates that it means doing business at home,” David Vasco of the World Resources Institute told AFP.
The WRI is advocating a 45–50 percent reduction in total greenhouse gas emissions for the US by 2030 compared to 2005 levels.
Biden has vowed to summon leaders of major economies for a major summit within 100 days of its inauguration on Wednesday.
Incoming leaders can take a number of possible steps to take back the environmental damage done by their predecessor.
These include reintroducing the Paris Agreement – a 30-day process that sends a letter by the US to the United Nations – and begins scraping the Keystone XL pipeline connecting Alberta oil sands to coastal refineries in Texas.
The federal government has additional equipment at its disposal, with Biden campaign spokesman Jamal Brown telling Vox that the incoming administration will move to impose strict methane limits on the new oil and gas infrastructure.
Federal contracts will also focus on renewable energy in infrastructure, and zero-emission vehicles.
The Trump administration took an ax to a host of environmental regulations – from car emission standards to industrial air pollution, which Biden could quickly undo, while new standards such as protecting 30 percent of America’s land and water by 2030 Unveiling.
Former Secretary of State John Kerry will lead the US climate negotiations abroad, while the domestic front will be led by Gina McCarthy, who has chosen Biden as the first national climate advisor.
Biden will present an infrastructure-focused “Build Back Better Recovery Plan” to Congress next month – aside from the $ 1.9 trillion Kovid package that has been demanding.
This is where things could potentially get more complicated, given that Democratic PartyRazor thin control of the Senate.
The package is expected to be similar to the $ 2 trillion Green Climate Plan Biden had mentioned during his campaign.
It promises to “meet the climate crisis, build a clean energy economy, overcome environmental injustice, and create millions of good-paying union jobs” – in other words the concept “Green New Deal”, if special Not in name.
Paul Bledus, a climate adviser to former President Bill Clinton, told the Progressive Policy Institute of AFP that “the challenge will be to bring Republicans together with clean energy infrastructure packages that can systematically reduce US emissions.”
Bledsoe predicted that Biden would initially be expected to try to work with Republican allies to reach the 60-vote threshold needed to pass most legislation – though a 51-simple majority if it did not pan. There are procedures for passing legislation with.
“Climate action has to be completely embedded in the way we build the economy, the way we create jobs and ensure a uniform recovery,” Vasco said.
The political and technical challenges are great, and Biden will be pressured not to cut fossil fuels too quickly – especially natural gas, which has helped reduce America’s net emissions for a decade and is a significant “bridging”. ” is seen as. Energy.
But it also comes at the time of record-high-recognition Climate change And a desire for action among the American public.
A poll conducted after the election last week by the Yale Program on Climate Change Communications and a majority of policies supporting voters from both parties to reduce carbon pollution and promote clean energy.
Thirty-three percent of voters said that global warming should be a high or very high priority for the president and Congress, while 66 percent said developing sources of clean energy should be high or very high priority.
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