“Today, the Trump Administration officially left the Paris Climate Agreement. And in exactly 77 days, a Biden Administration will rejoin it.” At last, a Tweet from an American President that is good news for people and planet. Posted by President-Elect, Joe Biden, on 5 November, following his victory in the US Election, it signals the beginning of a better future for the world.
“As president, Biden will lead the world to address the climate emergency and lead through the power of example, by ensuring the U.S. achieves a 100% clean energy economy and net-zero emissions no later than 2050.” it states on the Biden/Harris website. The Biden plan is to invest $1.7 trillion by 2030 as part of ‘a historic investment in [its] clean energy future and environmental justice.
These moves would put the Paris Agreement 1.5 degree limit ‘within striking distance’, according to the Climate Action Tracker.
“If President-elect Joe Biden goes ahead with his net-zero emissions pledge by 2050 for the US, this could shave 0.1˚C off global warming by 2100, according to the Climate Action Tracker. Coupled with China’s pledge to bring emissions to net-zero before 2060, and the EU, Japan and South Korea’s commitments to reach net-zero by 2050, a tipping point is being approached that puts the Paris Agreement’s 1.5˚C limit within reach,” the Climate Action Tracker website states.
On the eve of next year’s critical COP26 climate summit in Scotland, this volte-face in US policy direction could ultimately prove to be a seminal moment in the race to secure a future for people and planet.
In other good news, under a Joe Biden and Kamala Harris administration, America is no longer going to be withdrawing from the World Health Organization, the logic defying and retrograde move sanctioned by the previous regime in the middle of a global pandemic.