Climate change was a huge talking point in the recent election, and Joe Biden had a big plan in mind. It would be the most progressive strategy to deal with climate change in the United States’s history. Here is what his plan entails:
Joe Biden Aims to be Net Zero By 2050
Like almost every other nation in the world, Biden’s plan sets the goal of making the United States carbon neutral by 2050. And he even has a plan of action to achieve this.
When he enters office, he plans to use $2 trillion dollars across his four-year term. The money will be used to fund a variety of climate action that includes:
- Upgrading 4 million buildings and weatherizing 2 million homes to reduce emissions
- Expand the US car industry to embrace electric vehicles and build charge stations throughout the country
- Provide cities that have populations exceeding 100,000 with zero-emission public transportation options
- Achieve a carbon-free, American-made, electrical grid by 2035
- Improve the US agricultural sector and adopt environmentally friendly practices
And on top of all of this, he plans to immediately re-enter the Paris Agreement that the rest of the world is a member of.
The plan focuses on making sweeping changes that will help lower emissions significantly. And even more importantly, it will create millions of jobs to help the transition double as a recovery plan from Covid-19.
This Makes the Paris Agreement Achievable
For years, there has been much doubt if the world can limit global warming to 1.5ºC by the end of the century. However, as the world’s second-biggest emitter, reaching net-zero would be a huge game-changer.
And when you combine that with the recent promise from China to do it by 2060, it’s positive news.
Together, the USA, EU, Japan, South Korea, and China make up more than 50% of global emissions. And with each one pledging to go carbon neutral by 2050 (2060 for China), the Paris Agreement is achievable.