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Yesterday, in his inaugural address, President Biden asked the nation to come together “join forces, stop the shouting and lower the temperature” in an effort to address the crises before us. He asked for a baseline of reality and a true acknowledgment for the challenges ahead, saying that:
Every disagreement doesn’t have to be a cause for total war. And we must reject the culture in which facts themselves are manipulated and even manufactured.
My fellow Americans, we have to be different than this. America has to be better than this.
Biden addressed climate change directly in stating, “the cry for survival comes from the planet itself, a cry that can’t be any more desperate or any more clear.”
Why This Matters: The pandemic, the recent attack on the Capitol, as well as deep political division among the public meant that President Biden didn’t delve into specific policy goals on climate change as President Obama did in his 2012 inaugural address. Yet, Biden made his commitment to the planet known shortly after the festivities by recommitting to the Paris Climate Agreement and issuing a “temporary moratorium” on all oil and gas leasing activities in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer UN Climate Change has published the Initial NDC Synthesis Report, which evaluated information from 75 parties to the Paris agreement representing 30% of global greenhouse gas emissions. The results: “governments are nowhere close to the level of ambition needed to limit climate change to 1.5 degrees and meet the […]
Why this Matters: Under the Paris Agreement, nations agreed to prevent the rise in global temperature from reaching two degrees Celsius and keeping the rise under 1.5 degrees celsius, but that won’t be possible if our emissions start going up again.
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