Forecasters say it won’t be cold enough for ice on the poles in the coming months, and that means more melting. This seems like pretty good timing for the Joe Biden Climate Protection Plan: Joe Biden – The Carbon Dome Promise.
Joe Biden wants every American to know that the U.S. is #1 in climate science. But will his lofty promises, often off the charts, help America win the war on climate change or prove that “jobs don’t have to come at the expense of the environment” — or both?
It is a sure fact that U.S. per capita emissions of global warming gases have declined sharply since 2000. Many scientists and economists who were skeptical of global warming claims a decade ago now hold that we need an urgent, aggressive and multilateral effort to address the threat of climate change. US commitments for emissions cuts under the Paris Climate Agreement have encouraged other nations to increase their emissions cuts. New data shows that the United States emitted the lowest amount of carbon dioxide in 2018 in 14 years.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said there is “nothing more dangerously irresponsible” than running out of time to act to avert catastrophic climate change. While the United States has signaled that it will be difficult to get others to join in the reduction of emissions, Secretary Pompeo said, “We are committed to keeping the planet in a state of readiness for human beings to inhabit it, and that includes the United States.”
Moreover, the State Department reported that it has found a number of “significant” greenhouse gas emissions reductions and investment opportunities that “would likely contribute” to the U.S. reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 35 percent below 2005 levels by 2030.
None of this is a surprise, really. What Biden proposes is a $11 billion pledge to combat global warming. His plan kicks off with a $2 billion equity investment into the Clean Power Plan, which aims to reduce pollution from the country’s largest emitters — and provides unprecedented cost certainty for utilities as they plan for new power plants. Biden says his plan will deliver 75 percent of the promised $1.6 billion in annual federal funding. His plan is based on using “government investments to spur private sector growth and create jobs.”
Biden won’t only fund clean energy jobs, he’ll also promote a completely new energy economy, where jobs don’t have to come at the expense of the environment.
“Everyone who threatens the planet should have to fight back. Some say you don’t need to build wind turbines or solar panels or other infrastructure projects. They say that if you take our money to bring [renewable energy] to market, it won’t happen,” Biden said in a keynote address at the World Economic Forum in Davos. “But there is no way to avoid true action on climate change. If we don’t act, we will destroy ourselves.”
Biden claims his plan will start tackling climate change and save the planet without “siphoning money from other priorities.”
But some of Biden’s “concessions” are already causing environmental confusion, or — worse — will give allies and opponents of his plan reason to oppose his efforts.
For example, Biden said he is willing to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement if there is no “renewable leadership at the United Nations,” which in Biden’s mind refers to the current administration. This could unravel efforts to preserve global climate talks under the auspices of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.
“It is the duty of all Americans to address climate change, as it is our moral responsibility,” Biden said.
Biden seeks to re-energize the climate change movement and force it to deal with the US administration, not climate deniers, on climate issues.
There is no doubt that worldwide, more and more people now think climate change is real and urgent. Many climate science and environmental advocates believe there is a causal relationship between carbon emissions and climate change. Such scientists and other commentators point to the often dismal results of climate models and actual human experience.
While top climate scientists have yet to agree on an accurate scientific link between global warming and changing temperatures, many scientists agree on climate change. Professor Hans Joachim Schellnhuber of Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research said recently, “The science [of climate change] is sufficiently conclusive for policy-makers, scientists and citizens to discuss strategies for reducing carbon dioxide emissions and slowing the rate of global warming.”
Simply put, the science on climate change is now firmly solid. To head off overreaching climate change policies, we need people like Joe Biden to help us turn the tables on the opposition and get the global warming skeptics and climate deniers to back off.
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