America has chosen Democrat Joe Biden as its 46th president. And California Sen. Kamala Harris, his running mate, will make history as the first woman, the first Black person and the first person of South Asian descent to become vice president. This is a great news also for the global movement against climate change. According to rumors Al Gore will be in charge of Climate crisis in Biden’s administration.
The Democrats campaigned on specific policy ideas, including those which would address the climate crisis. As a first, symbolic gesture to US allies and the rest of the world, Biden has committed to rejoining the Paris Agreement as swiftly as possible. Secondly, it is likely that Biden would look to restore protections and elaborate on policies in place under Trump’s predecessor, Barack Obama.
In order to do so, Biden has promised to spend $2 trillion (€1.7 trillion) on tackling the crisis with the ultimate goal of the US reaching net-carbon emissions by 2050.
In a victory speech Saturday night in his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware, the President-elect said he was “humbled by the trust America had placed in him and reached out to those Americans who did not vote for him“.
“I pledge to be a President who seeks not to divide, but to unify. Who doesn’t see Red and Blue states, but a United States. And who will work with all my heart to win the confidence of the whole people.”
“I believe – he said – it is this: Americans have called on us to marshal the forces of decency and the forces of fairness. To marshal the forces of science and the forces of hope in the great battles of our time.
The battle to control the virus. The battle to build prosperity. The battle to secure your family’s health care. The battle to achieve racial justice and root out systemic racism in this country. The battle to save the climate. The battle to restore decency, defend democracy, and give everybody in this country a fair shot. Our work begins with getting COVID under control.”
Welcome Mr. President!