Environmentalists see Biden’s election as US president as a great opportunity for climate policy. Also, because the Democrat advertises that he wants to bring US greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050, but now his fight against global warming could fail despite the election victory.
The election of Joe Biden as US President gives climate protectionists new hope. The 77-year-old announced that he would rejoin the Paris climate protection agreement in the election campaign, which Donald Trump had terminated. He also committed himself to the goal of bringing the US’s greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050 – the United States is the country with the second-largest greenhouse gas emissions in the world after China.
The head of the NewClimate Institute Niklas Höhne, said;
Scientists and activists were correspondingly pleased with the outcome of the election. “Joe Biden and Kamala Harris can now really work to ensure that the whole world is put on an unstoppable path towards an exit from fossil fuels,” said Johan Rockström, co-director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. The majority of the American people have chosen “facts over fiction.”
The head of the NewClimate Institute, Niklas Höhne, said that international agreements could now be decided unanimously again. If the US economy becomes climate neutral by 2050, that alone could reduce the temperature rise by 0.1 degrees by the end of the century. The aim of the UN Paris Agreement is a limit to well below two degrees.
Foreign policy, “considerable opportunities.”
The organization Germanwatch pointed out that without a majority in the Senate and with the new majority in the Supreme Court in favor of the Republicans, the president’s leeway would be limited.
In terms of foreign policy and regulations, there are nevertheless “considerable” possibilities. “The change at the top of the USA massively increases the chances of effective international climate policy,” said Germanwatch managing director Christoph Bals. Germany’s Greenpeace leader Martin Kaiser spoke of a “victory for democracy and the climate movement.”
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