Biden’s Climate Change Plans Can Quickly Raise The Bar, But Can They Be Transformative?

Now that Joe Biden succeeded in becoming the new president of the United States, one of the challenges that his administration will be facing is the threat of climate change.

Over the past years, there have been numerous wildfires, extreme weather conditions, and rejected plans from the Trump administration. It may be a busy four-year reign with the pandemic being one of the earliest and biggest obstacles. Besides that, there are more plans the administration is looking to implement. One of them is the resumption of cooperation with the Paris Climate Agreement. It might be a verbal promise, but Biden can solidify it by implementing zero-emission and fuel economy on vehicle standards in California. With a state that large, it can influence other states and generally put pressure on the automobile industry.

Another course of action is to implement renewable energy dependency on government establishments and vehicles. Biden can lead the legislation urging for more funding to the clean energy sector.

Amidst all the ambitions, the real challenge is the transformation. It will be a challenge to fight against global warming without disrupting the economic landscape. The job requires recalibrating how we produce and transmit energy and transforming how we grow food using methods that minimize greenhouse gas emissions. Biden’s goal is to lay the foundation for 100% renewable energy by the year 2050. The administration is ready to invest hundreds of billions of dollars in industries and technologies that can both lower greenhouse gas emissions and create jobs.

It can be tough to promote clean energy without having people and sectors affected– including the people who are part of the fossil-fuel industry. Biden is ready to create the necessary initiatives for the greater good, but the process of transformation and the possibility of backlash are still disputed.

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