Some of the things you should know about the Biden-Harris administration’s domestic climate policy goals
Gina Mccarthy, the White House National Climate Advisor, has elaborated some of the contents of the Biden-Harris Leadership Policy on addressing the effects of climate change.
Mrs. Mccarthy pointed out that the United States is now taking the issue of climate change as an issue that affects not only today’s life but also future generations.
She said “We understand the challenges ahead. What we have to do is to get commitments that we need and deliver on them in time.”
According to the overview of the Biden-Harris administration, there are some notes retained from the discussions with Gina Mccarthy on Wednesday 12th May 2021, during a briefing with the Foreign Press Center’s Virtual Reporting Tour on combating the climate crisis through U.S Innovations.
During the briefing, Mrs. Mccarthy highlighted more U.S interventions but the key points were that the U.S. plans to make an important step in addressing effects of climate change.
Ø There’s a tremendous opportunity to transition to clean energy, to address climate change, and also to grow the economies of the future.
Ø President Biden has joined the Paris Agreement on his first day. The Paris Agreement is a legally binding international treaty on climate change. It was adopted by 196 Parties at COP 21 in Paris, on 12 December 2015 and entered into force on 4 November 2016. Its goal is to limit global warming to well below 2, preferably to 1.5 degrees Celsius, compared to pre-industrial levels.
Ø President Biden created a national climate task force. The taskforce was put in place to make sure that what the U.S is doing domestically is positioning the country to be effective, and raising the strength and profile and commitment of the world to this issue of climate change.
Ø President Biden nominated Secretary John Kerry, as the presidential envoy on the international front on climate. This is one of Biden’s first steps in making good on campaign pledges to confront climate damage more broadly and forcefully than any previous U.S. administration.
Ø Through the Nationally Determined Contributions, the U.S commits to achieve net-zero economy wide greenhouse gas emissions by 50 to 52 percent.
Among many other programs:
Ø Today U.S is deploying cost-effective clean technologies and products
Ø The Country is looking at how to regrow and reshape economy in ways that meet the President’s goal of building back better
Ø From day one President Biden’s commitment saw that tackling the climate crisis presented an important and necessary opportunity to grow the U.S economy.
Ø U.S eyes to build a more resilient and sustainable infrastructure, and that’s going to compel and propel the country to actually move forward to lead to innovative manufacturing as well as exports of clean energy technology.
Ø U.S is looking at growing jobs where line workers are building thousands of miles of transmission lines for a clean, modern, resilient grid.
Ø U.S is going to support automakers to build modern, efficient electric vehicles and charging infrastructure across the country, initially 500,000 electric charging stations will be built so people are comfortable buying an electric vehicle that’s going to be so beneficial to both the planet and the people.
Ø Construction workers are urged to expand carbon capture and also invest in the innovation opportunities with green hydrogen to forge cleaner steel and cement.
Ø Farmers are expected to use cutting-edge smart technology and tools to make American soil the next frontier of carbon innovation.
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Leaders from across the United States are stepping up to tackle the #ClimateCrisis. In our latest video, you will hear how @POTUS and @ginamccarthy46 are ensuring our federal climate policies are making a true impact on this crisis #TogetherForOurPlanet @COP26. pic.twitter.com/OwqsAEdoby— Department of State (@StateDept) November 1, 2021