On January 20, 2021, Joe Biden was introduced as the 46th president of the United States of America, replacing Donald Trump.
Our reporter, Poppy Huggett, caught up with registered democrat and lecturer at The University of Arts in the state of Philadelphia, Trish Maunder to discuss how Bidens climate goals may impact American citizens.
The newly White House resident announced his ambitious approach to tackle climate change prior to the election. But on his very first day in office he put his words into action by re-joining the Paris climate agreement.
He also announced his trillion-pound goal to improve the current global climate crisis. As well as making improvements across the states.; including making the U.S power grid carbon neutral by 2035.
When asked if re-joining the Paris agreement will have a positive impact on climate change, Trish said:
“It will really mean something if he can get American companies to understand their part in the crisis.
There are many environmental issues that the previous administration pushed under the radar so it will take time to reverse the laws to being protective and mindful of environmental factors.”
The US is one of the highest emitters of carbon pollution and overtook Russia in 2018 on being the worlds top petroleum producer.
“America has pulled away from so many urgent issues, so addressing climate change now is terribly important.
It’ll be hard to effect in a country that has been lied to systematically where half the population ignore the climate crisis as having anything to do with people and their actions” – Trish Maunder
The Democratic administration also announced plans to ‘review’ Trump’s regulatory actions aimed at propping up high transmission trades.
When asked what climate plans Mrs Maunder was aware of, she said:
“He has a meeting with Trudeau from Canada today, I believe, to discuss ending the Keystone XL Pipeline and revoke the dreadful pledges and legal agreements that allow mining at all sorts of wildlife locations and sacred lands in the canyon lands, to prevent the dumping of effluences into our rivers and so on and so on.”
President Biden and his climate & energy team have pointed achievements to the “Obama Era” and have a clear, ambitious structure to pursue his goal of America becoming a more eco-friendly country.
“It’s been a total travesty and so much has happened under the radar while larger things were happening in the public eye” Mrs Maunder commented when questioned how previous president, Donald Trump handled the climate crisis.
The 46th president has officially began his presidential role and is set to rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement on February 19th.
“President Biden has SO much to do, he has so much to roll back.” Trish Maunder summarised.