One of Joe Biden’s first moves when President Biden joined the Paris Climate Agreement
Hours after being sworn in as the President of the United States, Joe Biden took his first major move at the White House, including signing an executive order to rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement.
As a result, the United States will officially resume its historic commitment to limit warming to less than 2 degrees Celsius within 30 days. The United States withdrew from the agreement on November 4, 2020, the second day of the presidential election under the guidance of former President Donald Trump.
“The cry for survival comes from [the] Biden said: His inauguration speech, “A desperate or clear cry.”
The Paris Agreement has always been a symbolic promise, not a substantive promise. For the Trump administration, Abandon agreement Means The U.S. is giving up its role As a climate leader, we must become a country that relies on fossil fuel extraction.Now, under the leadership of the Biden administration, this move is Be the first to act The overthrow of Trump’s agenda on everything from immigration to pandemic response signifies that the country is more committed to responding to the climate crisis than ever before.
Even before Biden signed the executive order, the climate community began to praise it.
French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted: “Welcome back to the Paris climate agreement.”
Helen Mountford, vice chairman of climate and economics at the World Resources Institute, said in a statement: “After rejoining the Paris Agreement, President Biden will immediately indicate that this is a new day for the United States to participate in climate change.” In order to regain trust and credibility, we must set ambitious U.S. climate goals for 2030 before taking this action, and significantly expand climate financing for vulnerable countries.”
The need for action has never been more urgent, because the world is heading towards catastrophic warming. Above 3 degrees Celsius If there is no change, compare with the pre-industrial level.Last week, scientists announced that 2020 will actually be the same as 2016 The warmest year on record.In the United States, hurricanes and wildfires last year caused The number of disasters that caused at least $1 billion in damages hit a record high.
Biden campaigned on the most aggressive climate platform of all presidential candidates, including repeated promises to rejoin the Paris Agreement on the first day of the presidency.
Since Biden won the election, the incoming government has been called Climate change is a priority And immediately began to lay the foundation for comprehensive changes.
The transition team announced in November that John Kerry, the former Secretary of State of Barack Obama, will assume the newly created special presidential special envoy for climate. In this position, Kerry will oversee the country’s international climate negotiations, including its participation in the Paris Agreement.
Then in December, the transition team announced plans for the newly established White House Office of Family Climate Policy. Led by Gina McCarthyObama’s former Director of the Environmental Protection Agency.
Although the Democratic Party is now leading the Senate by a narrow margin, it is expected that Biden will rely more on executive orders and new regulations to set its climate agenda. Through the fiercely divided Congress to pass bold legislation, many Republican lawmakers still doubt the urgency of the crisis and support continued dependence on fossil fuels, which will be a serious challenge.
As part of Biden’s initial climate action, he instructed federal agencies to review various climate regulations finalized by the previous government to relax vehicle fuel economy and emission standards, methane emission standards, and electrical and building efficiency standards. He is also rebuilding the Interagency Working Group on Social Costs of Greenhouse Gases and revoking the presidential permit for the Keystone XL pipeline.