Joe Biden has now been proclaimed as the President-elect after a close race with President Donald Trump. So, what should we look forward to in regard to climate change?
Joe Biden has made it clear that he will be putting the United States back into the Paris Climate Accord on his first day of office. This has been a high priority of his since President Trump announced the United States would be leaving the agreement on November 4th, 2020. The Paris Climate Accord was created to hold each individual country responsible for actively helping lower global warming to below 2 degrees.
The President- Elect has also promised to funnel in almost 2 trillion dollars towards clean energy, with an overall goal to ensure the U.S. achieves a 100% clean energy economy and net-zero emissions no later than 2050. Biden plans to achieve this by focusing on holding big polluters accountable, reducing greenhouse gas emissions caused by transportation, as well as taking care of middle-class workers who depends on pollution causing jobs to make a living.
Biden is also planning for these workers to have stability, even as the government double downs on erasing fossil fuels. In his plan, Biden has promised that “ If executed strategically, our response to climate change can create more than 10 million well-paying jobs in the United States that will grow a stronger, more inclusive middle class enjoyed by communities across the country, not just in cities along the coasts”. This means that while the threat of lost jobs is scary, unemployment could have a huge fall because of the job opportunities in the future.
Now that Biden has made so many promises to people on both sides of the climate change conundrum, it’s important that he goes through with these promises.