A new road-map is due as the tide turns on Global Environmental Policy.
The world is currently battling two invisible enemies, the pandemic and climate change. Biden’s emphasis to combat these very threats would not only benefit the United States themselves, but also have a tripling effect on the rest of the world.
Joe Biden was inaugurated on the 20th of January, officially becoming the 46th President of the United States. Biden’s first duty as the new President was to undo the damages of the Trump administration, by passing a series of executive actions. Some revolved around the environment, but others included stopping the construction of the Trump wall, a less aggressive immigration policy and a $1.9trillion COVID-19 relief task force.
The United States may have become the blue state, but its policies have taken a greener route under Biden’s administration. Joe Biden wastes no time in signing off executive orders to help tackle the environmental crisis, such as re-joining the Paris Agreement and revoking the Keystone XL pipeline permit.
Why is it essential that the U.S. re-joins the Paris Agreement?
The Paris Agreement is an international treaty, composed of 189 nations designed to reduce their individual carbon emissions, with the goal of preventing a further rise in the global temperature. The United States’ previous withdrawal from The Paris Agreement (under Trump’s administration) created many concerns, especially as the United States is the second largest contributor of universal pollution (making up 15% of it).
If the 2020 Presidential result were different, the U.S. are likely to endure more prolonged forest fires, and thereby, the image of red skies would be ever eternal. President Biden is said to prioritise the environment as one of his key objectives, which will be a positive step in the right direction. His aim to do so will not only protect the world’s ecosystem, but reduce the possibility of frequent natural disasters.
Other policies that focus on the environment feature Biden’s decision to cancel the Keystone XL pipeline permit. This domestic issue illustrates how pressing the environmental crisis is for Biden, and shows the lengths he is willing to go to promote an eco-friendlier United States.
Will putting an end to the Keystone XL pipeline benefit the United States’ environmental objective?
The Keystone XL pipeline is approximately 1,200 miles long, transporting oil from Canada’s province (Alberta) to as far down as Texas. The pipeline poses a risk to the environment and endangers the lifestyle of certain indigenous groups. The project was stopped by Obama in 2015 but overturned under the Trump administration. The pipeline’s likelihood of leaking could have devastating effects on the nearby water (that citizens use and drink) and wildlife, especially after the North Dakota spillage in 2019, which released 378,000 gallons of oil into the environment.
Biden’s support for the environment, as proven in his first few days in office, means there would be new legislation focusing on this issue. The outcome of the election means The Democrats have control over both houses and The Senate. This mandate ensures a swifter flow of legislation, and therefore Biden could accomplish a lot more compared to previous Presidents. Both Joe Biden and Kamala Harris represent hope for the future, not only for the environment but other social and even economic issues.
For everyone to pull through together, cooperation among all nations is needed. With the new administration reconnecting with former allies, there is light at the end for the tunnel regardless of the threat placed in our way.
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