Climate Change
December 21, 2020
Will Biden succeed in imposing controls?

As studies show the Earth’s temperatures rising and ice glaciers melting at a faster pace than predicted, President-elect Joe Biden plans to move quickly to reinstitute Obama-era climate change policies and regulations, re-enter the United States in the Paris climate accord and push a $2 trillion plan to expand the use of clean energy. He plans to reverse the Trump administration’s rollbacks of rules on fuel economy standards, oil and gas drilling, coal-fired plants’ emissions and other restrictions that President Trump said overburdened industries. But Biden also will have to negotiate with a potentially divided Congress. Meanwhile, government leaders around the world struggle to reach consensus on how to address climate change.

Photo of flames and smoke rising from a wildfire in Cherry Valley, Calif., during an excessive heat warning in August. Flames and smoke rise from a wildfire in Cherry Valley, Calif., during an excessive heat warning in August. Rising temperatures helped create conditions for a record loss of woodlands from fires in Western states in 2020. (Getty Images/David McNew)

Vowing to heed scientists’ warnings about the dangers of climate change, President-elect Joe Biden plans to reverse the Trump administration’s rollback of environmental regulations and to advance a four-year, $2 trillion plan for the nation to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions — which cause global warming — by 2050. 1

“Americans have called on us . . . to marshal the forces of science and the forces of hope in the great battles of our time,” including the fight “to save the climate,” Biden said on Nov. 7 in his campaign victory speech. 2

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