by Rona Fried
In its final days, the Trump administration geared up to fulfill its anti-environmental wish list: locking in oil drilling in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) and logging in Tongass National Forest; lifting punishment for killing migratory birds; lock-in sub-par air and water pollution limits; weak energy efficiency standards; And even create regulations that block new environmental safeguards.
After living for four years with the destruction of everything I care about, hope returns with the Biden administration. His “Build Back Better” plan for climate is impressive and very thorough, written clearly by people who understand the crisis and what to do about it.
On Day 1, Biden began reversing the damage through executive orders that would eventually kill the Keystone pipeline, protect ANWR, and take the first steps toward restoring fuel economy standards and capturing methane. Huh. His administration will rescind some 175 anti-environmental actions, from permanently blocking Alaska’s pebble mine to restoring thousands of acres of public land.
Another major effort will be to clean the federal government of unqualified environmental anti-Trump cronies and install experts who trust science and integrity. Now no climate-denier will be in charge of the US Global Climate Change Research Program! The phrase “climate change” will no longer be removed from all reports. At the EPA, more than 700 scientists resigned under Trump, and thousands more at other agencies. “The kind of reconstruction that will be needed is unprecedented,” said Aaron Weiss of the Center for Western Priorities. told E&E News.
For the first time, Biden is adding climate experts to every government agency.
A blueprint for dealing with the climate crisis
Biden Says About His 10 Years, $1.7 Trillion climate plan: “In this moment of grave crisis (referring to COVID 19), we have the opportunity to build a more resilient, sustainable economy – one that will lead the United States on an irreversible path to achieving net-zero emissions “
The Green New Deal is an important framework, he says, because “we need to drive greater ambition on an epic scale to meet the scope of this challenge and to show that our environment and economy are fully and utterly connected.” There is an urgent need to adopt.”
“If we can harness all of our energy and talent, and the incomparable American innovation, we can turn this threat into an opportunity to revitalize the American energy sector and fuel the growth economy. We can create new industries that Reinvent our manufacturing and create high-quality, middle-class jobs in cities and towns across the United States. We can lead America to become the world’s clean energy superpower. Clean energy can export technology and create high-quality, middle class jobs here at home. Achieving a 100% clean energy economy is not only an obligation, it is an opportunity,” Biden says.
The overarching goal is to achieve a 100% clean energy economy with near-zero emissions after 2050. In Year 1, he will push for legislation that establishes milestones and enforcement mechanisms to get there. The scheme covers the entire economy from renewable energy to energy efficient buildings, from transportation to agriculture. Here are some highlights:
- 100% clean electricity by 2035.
- $400 billion over 10 years to create the industry of the future, and dramatically reduce costs for other critical technologies such as battery storage, next-generation building materials and carbon absorption. A new ARPA-C (Advanced Research Projects Agency-Climate) will lead cross-agency research on climate. “After World War II, public investment in research and collaboration between universities and the private sector spurred American innovation, which led to rapid economic and job growth, and helped create a stronger middle class.”
- Every infrastructure investment must address the climate, and no federal permit will be allowed without considering the impact on climate change. Investment should make us more resilient and protect us from climate impacts.
- Reduce the carbon footprint of buildings by 50% by 2035 through deep retrofit, on-site clean power generation, and accelerated efficiency standards. Upgrade 4 million buildings and weather 2 million homes over 4 years, creating at least 1 million jobs, as well as building up the supply chain in the US spur manufacturing 1.5 million sustainably built homes and housing units.
- Accelerate electric vehicle deployment by restoring full tax credits for buying EVs (especially those manufactured in the US) and adding more than 500,000 new public charging stations by the end of 2030. Create 1 million jobs by establishing a supply chain in the US Every city with at least 100,000 residents will have high-quality, zero-emissions public transportation.
- Creating a national strategy to develop low-carbon manufacturing in each state.
- Protect Biodiversity: Protect 30% of America’s land and water by 2030. permanent basis Protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and other important natural areas, establish reforestation programs, and ban new permits for fossil drilling on public lands and waters.
- Partner with farmers and ranchers on climate-appropriate farming practices and deploy methane digesters that generate new sources of revenue. Another 250,000 jobs are closing abandoned fossil wells and restoring abandoned mines.
- No community or activist was left behind; Focused on working directly with union jobs and communities.
- Bringing the world together once again to tackle climate change
Most of the funding for implementing this scheme will come from reversing excessive corporate tax deductions, reducing incentives for tax evasion, tax havens and outsourcing. Other tax loopholes that reward money rather than work will also be closed, and the government will no longer subsidize fossil fuels.
I let out a huge sigh of relief. The vitality for all this stays with Biden!!
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