The United States officially returns to the Paris Agreement on climate change: what can change from now on
After Joe Biden’s victory, The United States officially returned today to the Paris Agreement on climate change. Following the president’s signature in late January and three years after Donald Trump abandoned the agreement, the United States support again the historic agreement.
The Paris Agreement is an “unprecedented framework,” explains the Biden administration, to “help us avoid catastrophic global warming.” But as they also point out, their reinstatement is not as important as what is done in the coming months and years. These are the implications of the United States back supporting the Paris Agreement.
Climate change is back on the US agenda
The first appreciable change is that the United States will once again have a active role in events and projects on climate change. In the first place, the next April 22 a Climate Summit will take place with world leaders, organized by Biden.
Subsequently, the US government announces that it will collaborate with the United Kingdom so that the development of the next United Nations COP26, from early November 2021, be a success.
Today, President Biden rejoined the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. pic.twitter.com/V4fVV2i2jZ
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) January 21, 2021
Secretary of State Antony Blinken has explained that “no time can be wasted on involving our partners from around the world.” “No country can fight this fight alone”, explained John Kerry, special envoy for the climate of the US Administration. Meanwhile, Patricia Espinosa, United Nations Secretary for Climate Change, has welcomed the US and points to the need for “real progress on the Paris goals.”
Welcome back to the #ParisAgreement 🇺🇸
I look forward to working together to make #COP26 a success and demonstrate increased ambition and real progress towards achieving the goals of Paris.
– Patricia Espinosa C. (@PEspinosaC) February 19, 2021
Precisely this later work is the most relevant, because deep down participation in the Agreement is voluntary. According to priorities From the Biden Administration: “The President will take swift action to address the climate emergency. The Biden Administration will ensure that we meet the demands of science, while empowering American workers and businesses to lead a clean energy revolution.” .
According to the new president’s schedule, for the next 10 years up to $ 2 billion will be invested in a new environmental plan with the goal that by 2050, the US will become a zero emissions country.
The Paris Agreement seeks to avoid the increase of 2C with respect to pre-industrial levels. Nevertheless, only a few countries are complying with what is required.
Today, the United States 🇺🇸 re-joined the #ParisAgreement – the international response to the climate crisis.
But what exactly is the Paris Agreement? And how does it work? pic.twitter.com/JOnm9s7iRf
— UN Climate Change (@UNFCCC) February 19, 2021
In the background is the powerful US auto industry, where companies like Ford or General Motors have an electrical transition pending that Tesla, another of their companies, dominates.
With this renewed commitment to climate change, the US has to new an argument with which to pressure the rest of the superpowers, especially China. During Trump’s term, China was able to lighten its responsibility for reducing emissions by seeing that its rival did not move. Now, the fight against climate change is put back on the table to see which power brings the most to the global stage.