Washington: As the United States became the first country to withdraw from the “Paris Climate Agreement,” Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden vowed that Washington will rejoin the agreement after he takes office.
The United States withdrew from the “Paris Agreement” on Wednesday, becoming the first country in history to withdraw from an international climate change agreement, but Joe Biden vowed that he will return to the presidency immediately.
With the election results pointing towards a possible disastrous defeat for Donald Trump in the election on Tuesday, Biden spoke with the president-elect and made it clear that climate is the top priority.
“Today, the Trump Administration officially left the Paris Climate Agreement. And in exactly 77 days, a Biden Administration will rejoin it,” tweeted Biden, who would take the presidential oath on January 20.
Biden proposed a $1.7 trillion plan to enable the United States, the world’s second-largest carbon emitter, to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.
Trump actively advocated the fossil fuel industry, questioned the science of climate change, and weakened other environmental protection measures.
However, a report by the United States Pledge last month found that even without Washington’s help, the actions of cities, states, and companies would still make it possible for the United States to reduce emissions by 37% by 2030.
Trump issued a one-year notice on November 4, 2019, announcing his withdrawal from the Paris Agreement. Biden will need to formally notify the United Nations whether the United States is willing to return.
Andrew Light, climate adviser to former President Barack Obama, told AFP that such notification would be the “easy part”.
When the United Kingdom and the United Nations hold a climate summit on December 12, the fifth anniversary of the founding of Paris, the United States will still be “outside the dialogue” but is ready to re-engage.
According to the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, in order to keep warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius by the end of the century, global emissions must reach net zero by the middle of the century.
The target warming level is chosen to avoid triggering a series of catastrophic climatic tipping points that may force humans to live only in the north and south latitudes of the earth.