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Joe Biden Is in No Position to Lecture the World on Climate Change

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Yves here. I’m actually surprised that anyone outside the US, or say the Anglosphere, thinks the US has anything credible to say about global warning. The US press has glossed over the fact that Obama spent nearly all of his presidency outside the Paris climate accords. He signed up only for apparent historical record burnishing purposes, less than six months before he left office, opening the window procedurally for Trump to revoke the commitment. As you can see below, Biden is worse than all hat, no cattle. He’s not taken actions that are within his authority to combat climate change, which would at least show that he’s doing more than posturing. Although many readers are likely familiar with the broad strokes, this post does a good job of detailing the Biden Administration’s many

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Yves here. I’m actually surprised that anyone outside the US, or say the Anglosphere, thinks the US has anything credible to say about global warning. The US press has glossed over the fact that Obama spent nearly all of his presidency outside the Paris climate accords. He signed up only for apparent historical record burnishing purposes, less than six months before he left office, opening the window procedurally for Trump to revoke the commitment. As you can see below, Biden is worse than all hat, no cattle. He’s not taken actions that are within his authority to combat climate change, which would at least show that he’s doing more than posturing.

Although many readers are likely familiar with the broad strokes, this post does a good job of detailing the Biden Administration’s many climate change failings.

By Aaron White, the North America editor of ourEconomy. You can follow him at @aaronwolfwhite. Originally published at openDemocracy

“Nothing would fundamentally change,” Joe Biden reassured donors at a fundraising event at the Carlyle Hotel in Manhattan in June 2019, amid the backdrop of his presidential primary bid. So far he has kept his word.

It has now been nearly a year since Biden entered the White House. During his first week in office, he rejoined the Paris Agreement, vowed to stop oil and gas drilling on public lands, and committed to passing a historic infrastructure package that would create millions of well-paid union jobs.

It was no Green New Deal, but the US administration appeared to have at least listened to the Left’s demands. Sunrise Movement climate activists, Bernie Sanders and other progressive groups were reportedly given a seat at the table to negotiate the administration’s agenda. Biden established new climate offices – an international one led by the former secretary of state, John Kerry, and a domestic one led by Gina McCarthy. In April, he even hosted world leaders to announce a new US target to reduce emissions by 50-52% from 2005 levels by 2030.

And soon, Biden will head to the UN climate change conference, COP26, in Glasgow, Scotland, with nearly his entire cabinet in tow, to lecture the world on the need to transition to green energy as soon as possible to limit global warming to 1.5℃.

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