Joe Biden Announces America’s Return to the Paris Agreement
The Paris Agreement is an agreement on climate change mitigation, adaptation, and finance, signed in 2016
Good news for the weather. After the controversial decision of the former president of the United States, Donald Trump, to abandon the Paris Agreement, his successor, Joe Biden , announced last Friday that the North American country is joining its forces against climate change by re-entering the agreement. Biden thus begins to show what will be the position of his Administration regarding climate change.
Joe Biden did not wait for more than his first day in the White House to sign the instrument that established the return of the United States to the Paris Agreement. On January 20, it was announced that the country was once again part of the ambitious global agreement to mitigate the effects of climate change.
Now, the president of the United States has formalized the return of the country to the Paris Agreement. According to NBC, last Friday, Joe Biden stated in his speech at the Munich security conference that “We can no longer delay or do the minimum to tackle climate change. This is a global existential crisis. Similarly, Biden was reaching out to Europe for transatlantic collaboration after a few years of “strained relations.”
John Kerry, special envoy for the climate of the US government, stressed on Twitter the importance of global efforts on climate, noting that “no country can fight this fight alone.”
For his part, the Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, defended that the Paris Agreement “is an unprecedented framework for global action, key to avoid catastrophic global warming and mitigate the impacts of climate change that we are already seeing.” Tackling the real threats of climate change and listening to our scientists is at the center of our domestic and foreign policy priorities. It is vital in our discussions on national security, migration, international health efforts, and in our economic diplomacy and trade talks. “
The next step will be on April 22, the date on which Joe Biden has convened a summit of world leaders to address climate issues that will serve as a preamble to the United Nations Conference on Climate Change that Glasgow will host in the month of November.
Biden Administration Climate Goals
First, the new government wants to halve the carbon footprint of the national building park by 2035. Likewise, make drastic investments in energy efficiency in existing buildings, including the completion of four million retrofits.
On the other hand, it will aim to have 100% emission-free electricity generation by 2035 , as well as expand tax credits for clean energy and efficiency and install millions of solar panels and thousands of wind turbines on land and at sea.
In the same way, the new Government wants to articulate a recovery from the coronavirus crisis based on the transition to clean energy and job creation , which is an initiative very similar to that established by the European Union.