Biden’s US: Climate Laggard to Global Leader

1. Executive Orders Getting the US back on Track

Within 3 days of becoming President, Joe Biden signed Executive Orders to:

  • Re-join the Paris Climate Agreement.
  • Pause new oil and gas leasing.
  • Elevate climate change as a national-security and foreign-policy priority.
  • Re-establish the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.
  • Cancel the Keystone XL pipeline.
  • Direct agencies to review and reverse more than 100 Trump actions on the environment.

Further promised executive orders include:

  •  Requiring methane pollution limits for new and existing oil and gas operations
  • Developing rigorous fuel standards aimed at ensuring 100% of new sales for light- and medium-duty vehicles will be zero emissions. 


2. Legislate a pathway to Net Zero Emissions by 2050

Under the desired legislation Biden promises that polluters will be required to bear the full cost of their emissions. 


3. Pressure the International Community for Action

Biden promises that in his first 100 days in office he will organise a Climate Summit to rally major green-house gas emitting nations to pursue clean energy. 


4. Heavily Invest in the Clean Energy Industry

Biden will invest an overwhelming $4 Billion (USD) in clean energy innovation and technology over 10 years. 


5. Accelerate the Distribution of Smart Energy

Biden promises to work with local councils to fast-track the uptake of renewable energy innovation in communities. He also pledges to make the US agricultural sector the first in the world to reach net zero emissions.


6. Prioritise Environmental Justice for all US Federal Agencies

Climate change does not affect people equally. Biden promises to engage community-driven projects to tackle environmental issues where they are felt the hardest. 


7. Hold Polluters Accountable

Biden will require disclosure of emissions from public companies. He will empower the EPA and other legislative bodies to pursue cases with new legislation, and potential jail time for corporate executives.


8. Create 10 million union jobs.

Biden will spend federal money on climate active infrastructure, including smart energy. 


9. Stand with Fossil Fuel Workers

Biden will stand with fossil fuel workers who are impacted by the changing fossil fuel market to support their changing careers into clean energy.