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As Axios reported yesterday based on insight received from the Biden campaign: foreign policy will look drastically different if Joe Biden defeats President Trump in November— starting with a Day One announcement that the U.S. is re-entering the Paris Climate Agreement and new global coordination of the coronavirus response.
That figure is important because it’s a target countries agreed to in the 2015 Paris climate agreement, underscoring the urgency with which the global community must act on climate. According to that same report, meeting the Paris Agreement in its current form will be exceedingly difficult, which is why it’s crucial that the United States signal to the rest of the world that it’s ready to throw its full foreign policy weight behind climate action.
As Axios further reported, Colin Kahl, a former Biden aide who is familiar with his views, said if Biden is elected, “Day One is making sure that our approach to COVID and the associated economic crisis is coordinated internationally.”
“At the top of the agenda at the outset will be signaling to our closes democratic allies that we’re back, that alliances and partnerships matter,” Kahl said.
Biden’s Climate Commitment: Part of what made former Vice President Joe Biden’s presidential climate plan unique among his primary competitors is that it focused on incorporating climate action into American foreign policy. He states in that plan that he “will fully integrate climate change into our foreign policy and national security strategies, as well as our approach to trade.”
And although Biden hasn’t stated whether or not he will personally attend the next UN Climate meeting, his plan does call for the convening of a climate world summit to directly engage the leaders of the major carbon-emitting nations of the world in the first 100 days of his presidency.
In fact, the Biden climate task force that is led by former Secretary of State John Kerry, as well as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, didn’t expand upon the initial Biden climate plan in regard to climate change and foreign policy in their recent climate policy recommendations.
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court will hear arguments on this issue in BP Plc v. Mayor & City Council of Baltimore, which could determine whether or not oil companies are held accountable for climate change damages to cities and states.
Why This Matters: If SCOTUS rules in favor of BP, future climate litigation will likely be fought in federal courts, which experts say are “less responsive to expansive legal theories,” and thus less likely to rule in favor of these innovative new climate cases based on state law. Whoever wins this case will have a leg up in future climate litigation.
This week we sat down with Dr. Michael Mann, distinguished professor of atmospheric science at Penn State University to talk about his new book The New Climate War in which he examined a century of history to break down science misinformation tactics deployed by industries like tobacco and oil and gas that were used to […]
by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer After being forced to make major cuts to California’s environmental programs just eight months ago, last week, Governor Gavin Newsom has proposed a $227 billion budget deal that would bolster a set of environmental initiatives. The proposal designates $4.1 billion to fight forest fires, reduce smog, and increase the […]
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