November 23, 2020

Biden plan on climate and energy

Biden cli­mate plan
Biden’s clean energy futures “Build Back Better plan”
NYTimes, Biden’s Climate Plan

  • Support the Green New Deal (though not explicitly how)
  • Ensure the U.S. achieves a 100% clean energy economy and reaches net-zero emissions no later than 2050.
  • Build resilient infrastructure
  • Model and lead internationally on climate change issues
  • Address environmental justice issues in the US
  • Just transition for workers and communities website states that the campaign did not accept contributions from oil, gas and coal corporations or executives.

An enforcement mechanism to achieve net-zero emissions no later than 2050, including a target no later than the end of Biden’s first term in 2025 to ensure we get to the finish line. This enforcement mechanism will be based on the principles that polluters must bear the full cost of the carbon pollution they are emitting and that our economy must achieve ambitious reductions in emissions economy-wide instead of having just a few sectors carry the burden of change. The enforcement mechanism will achieve clear, legally-binding emissions reductions with environmental integrity.  

From the NYT:

Transition team members have been instructed to identify policies that can improve pollution levels in Black and Latino communities. And one of Mr. Biden’s early executive orders is expected to require that every federal agency, department and program prepare to address climate change.

Republicans insist they want bipartisan climate legislation, not a return to executive action, but their visions of capturing carbon from coal-fired power plants and expanding nuclear energy do not align with Mr. Biden’s promise to phase out fossil fuel-powered electricity and move to solar, wind and other renewable fuel sources.