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- Biden has staunchly supported the U.S. rejoining the Paris Agreement following President Trump’s executive order removing the U.S.
- He noted that part of his climate agenda will be to overhaul social infrastructure to make it more sustainable.
- He stopped short of endorsing Green New Deal legislation proposed in Congress.
On the fifth anniversary of the Paris Agreement, President-elect Joe Biden released a statement reaffirming his commitment to the international push to keep global temperatures from rising past pre-industrial levels.
Biden has staunchly supported the U.S. rejoining the agreement following President Trump’s executive order removing the U.S.
In a statement, he noted that part of his climate agenda will be to overhaul social infrastructure to make it more sustainable.
“We’ll elevate the incredible work cities, states, and businesses have been doing to help reduce emissions and build a cleaner future,” the statement reads. “We’ll listen to and engage closely with the activists, including young people, who have continued to sound the alarm and demand change from those in power. And we’ll do all of this knowing that we have before us an enormous economic opportunity to create jobs and prosperity at home and export clean American-made products around the world, harnessing our climate ambition in a way that is good for American workers and the U.S. economy.”
This plan works toward a goal of net-zero emissions by 2050.
The language incorporated into Biden’s statement of support for the U.S.’s rejoining the Paris Agreement pushes some to ask what his stance on the Green New Deal, proposed legislation that would implement sustainable and environmentally conscious public works projects, will be upon taking office.
Biden has previously stated that the Green New Deal is “a crucial framework” for overcoming climate change, but has also shied away from backing the actual legislation package, instead supporting his own plan.
Alternatively, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris co-sponsored the resolution recognizing the need for a federally funded Green New Deal back in early 2019 and has written essays that seemingly support the legislation.
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