Joe Biden Reveals Climate Change Plan

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Garrett Duncan, Contributor

As the 2020 election is nearing its end, it looks as though Democratic Nominee Joseph Biden is on track to win and gain the office of president. Before the first presidential debate, Biden released his plan for limiting climate change, among other policies. However, many people do not know what this plan actually entails.

Step One: Ensure the U.S. achieves a 100% clean energy economy and reaches net-zero emissions no later than 2050″  (http://Investopedia).  Biden plans to implement policies that will make America a 100% green energy country by 2050.  To do this, he wants to try to get rid of all gas-powered cars (not including large transport trucks), put in new standards on how much electricity can be used by buildings, upgrade household appliances to use less electricity, and set limits to how much methane companies are allowed to produce when creating their products.

Step 2: Build a stronger, more resilient nation” (http://Investopedia). Even with those regulations, climate change is bound to happen. Biden also wants to prepare industries so that they will not be negatively impacted by the effects of climate change. He will lower insurance costs for neighborhoods that work to prepare for flooding, rebuild our railroads to make our trains cleaner and faster, and create new jobs.

Step 3:Rally the rest of the world to meet the threat of climate change” (http://Investopedia). Biden will put America back in the Paris Accords, create a worldwide ban on subsidizing fossil fuels, create a system where we can enforce climate change limitations and make other countries adopt them, and hold other countries accountable for not helping end climate change.  

 Step 4: Stand up to the abuse of power by polluters who disproportionately harm communities of color and low-income communities” (http://Investopedia). This is meant to stop large companies from taking advantage of the poor by not allowing them to pollute areas with people in them in ways that damage the air and water of the community. To do this, he will consider jailing the CEOs of companies that harm populated areas with their pollution. He also will change water infrastructure to ensure clean water for all communities. 

Step 5: “Fulfill our obligation to workers and communities who powered our industrial revolution and subsequent decades of economic growth” (http://Investopedia). He wants to partner up with different coal and power plant companies to create good jobs for the middle class.  It will also be ensured that coal miners will receive their retirement benefits if they are fired because of the change to clean energy. Biden also will make certain that coal miners who contract black lung do receive the benefits that come with it.

Biden’s plan will certainly change our industries if it goes through, and lower our carbon footprint. An article of contention between Biden and the people who object to the plan is how much it will cost. It has been estimated to cost from $1.7 trillion (http://CNBC) to $2 trillion (http://NPR). Biden has also said that he may pay $75 billion to provide incentives for global green energy every year, adding to the total (http://OCR).

Skeptics say that this cost, on top of ending the coal industry, will destroy America’s economy. However, it is certain that this plan will reduce America’s carbon footprint (http://OCR). This plan will damage or destroy the fuel industry, change how houses are set up, put America into a position where it must reprimand other countries, and make it easier for people to be arrested if their business is polluting.  However, it also will slow down American pollution, set an example for the world, and maybe create new jobs in clean energy.