How the Joe Biden administration plans to handle the climate crisis

By: Hayat Osman

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Climate change is known as long-term change in weather patterns having a huge range of effects on the Earth’s surface temperature. Since the early 20th Century, changes in the Earth’s climate have been recorded by scientists and have been found to be dangerously increasing.

What researchers found was that certain human activities are leading to irregular temperatures.  NASA points out that fossil fuel burning, which increases the heat-trapping greenhouse gas levels in the atmosphere, is a main source.

As the effects of climate change continue to worsen, scientists urge our world leaders to take action against climate change. In 2015, under the Obama administration, the U.S. along with 190 other countries formally entered the Paris Agreement Treaty. The goal of the agreement would have reduced the greenhouse gas emissions by 26-28% by 2025.

Although Obama signed an executive order confirming the U.S. entering the Paris Agreement, he didn’t submit it for Congressional approval. Later, this allowed the Trump administration to have the U.S. retract the commitment to the treaty.

Now, the U.S. is under a new president: Joe Biden. He has promised to take action against climate change before the effects are irreversible to our planet.

According to President Biden’s website, Biden’s agenda on climate change is to ensure the U.S. achieves net-zero emissions no later than 2050, with the first targets at the end of Biden’s first term in 2025. The Biden administration will take action against fossil fuel companies and other polluters who profit over the harm of our environment and endanger our communities. Biden wants to ensure the safety of communities across the U.S. like Flint Michigan. The Biden climate and environmental justice proposal will make a federal investment of $1.7 trillion over the next decade. The goals of the proposal include clean energy and climate innovation research, as well as clean infrastructure and communities.

Biden also promises to recommit the U.S. to the Paris Agreement, and rally allies to meet the threat of climate change.

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