Originally from Cape Cod. Army Vet., Fmr. Director of Energy Conservation programs, RE Agent, current residence the Space Coast, FL
"Biden believes the Green New Deal is a crucial framework for meeting the climate challenges we face. It powerfully captures two basic truths, which are at the core of his plan: (1) the United States urgently needs to embrace greater ambition on an epic scale to meet the scope of this challenge, and (2) our environment and our economy are completely and totally connected."
"JOE BIDEN: A “CLIMATE CHANGE PIONEER.” Joe Biden has long appreciated the enormity of climate change and has always believed that we have a moral and economic imperative to address it. In 1986, he introduced one of the first-ever climate bills in Congress. Politifact recently called him a “climate change pioneer” and dubbed his early leadership “a watershed moment.”
As Chair of the Foreign Relations Committee, he organized several hearings on climate change and rallied support on a number of nonbinding resolutions on the issue, in an attempt to build momentum for action to address global climate change. In 1998, he was a key champion for the Tropical Forest Conservation Act, which allowed the U.S. to reach agreements with foreign governments to conserve tropical forests in exchange for debt relief (commonly referred to as debt-for-nature swaps)."
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It reads wonderfully, all the promises and plans laid out during the campaign.
But when given the chance to put his political clout and federal incentives where his promises were, Biden has so far failed miserably, to date his actions are woefully inadequate where Climate Change issues are of concern.
As part of Biden's agenda, a recent executive order signed during a UAW and Legacy Automakers lovefest held on the White House lawn called for half of all new vehicles sold in the U.S. to be electric by 2030. A laughable goal considering the crisis we face, and the fact that the EU and China will be close to 100% of vehicles produced being electric by that time.
The Legacy Auto executives present were invited to announce their own target for 40 to 50 percent of their new cars to be zero-emissions by the end of the decade.
There was no concrete or decisive wording in the executive order forcing the issue.
Consider that Tesla, which has 80 percent of America's electric vehicle (EV) market, was not only not invited to Biden's executive order signing (Electric Vehicle Order), when the press asked questions about Tesla's absence, they were given the standard political dodge and deflect answers.
White House press secretary Jenn Psaki was directly asked about Tesla’s absence, by more than one reporter and her response was telling. “These are the three largest employers of the United Auto Workers (UAW), so I’ll let you draw your own conclusion,”.
Tesla is headquartered in California, all vehicles it sells in the U.S. are 100% Made in America, yet Tesla couldn't even be mentioned at this EV White House Gala.
The U.S. is way behind China and Europe in EV adoption. If not for Tesla, there would not even be a Recharge Station Infrastructure within the U.S. capable of allowing an EV to travel cross country. Tesla developed its own infrastructure of recharge stations fully capable of supporting travel almost anywhere in the U.S..
The EU, the UK and China are developing infrastructure to support EVs with serious government financial backing and regulations. Biden's Administration on the other hand, has nothing concrete at all planned to develop the infrastructure which would be required to make EVs viable for even the 50% of future vehicles he has proposed.
EVs accounted for less than 2 percent of new vehicle sales in 2020, compared with 11 Percent in the UK, 10 percent in European Union countries, and 9 percent in China.
How Severe a Crisis is it?
Scientists are observing changes in the Earth’s climate in every region and across the whole climate system, according to the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, released on August 9th.
The changes being currently observed in the climate are unprecedented in thousands, if not tens of thousands of years, in short, they are historic going back as far as can be definitively determined by science.
To save human civilization, extremely strict and sustained reductions in emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases must occur immediately to limit climate change.
Benefits for air quality would come quickly, but even if severe changes were made instantly, it could take more than a quarter century to see global temperatures stabilize.
These were the findings of the IPCC report, Climate Change 2021: the Physical Science Basis, approved on August 6th, 2021 by 195 member governments of the IPCC.
We've Known for a Long Time
Back in 1973 at MIT a computer program was written called World One. Originally created by computer pioneer Jay Forrester, who was commissioned by the Club of Rome to model global sustainability.
Instead the program's results predicted that by 2040 human civilization would end.
The Club of Rome is an organization comprised of intellectuals, world heads of states, scientists, and UN bureaucrats with the goal to “promote understanding of the global challenges facing humanity and to propose solutions through scientific analysis, communication, and advocacy."
The Paris Accord will Not be Enough
Climate and Environmental experts say the Paris Agreement will not be enough to prevent the world from suffering devastating climate extremes, such as heat waves, drought, category five hurricanes and floods.
The Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Accord moved the world in the right direction, nations agreed to reduce greenhouse gas, yet the Earth continues to heat up at an alarming rate. Scientists warn that if this warming continues, it could bring staggering sea-level rise, record-breaking droughts, widespread species extinctions, severe weather conditions (Hurricanes, Tornadoes).
The consensus from experts and activists alike is that nations, especially America’s commitments and efforts under these international agreements are not ambitious or urgent enough.
UN Issues ‘Code Red’ for Humanity
A United Nations panel on the climate recently released a scathing report.
“It is unequivocal that human influence has warmed the atmosphere, ocean, and land,” the authors of the AR6 Synthesis Report: Climate Change stated.
The study found that average global temperatures had increased as much as 2 degrees Fahrenheit and “some recent hot extremes over the past decade would have been extremely unlikely to occur without human influence on the climate system.”
Al Gore, our former VP and long a Climate Change alarmist, said climate action must occur immediately.
“We cannot rely on vague pledges with distant deadlines,” Gore asserted. “We need concrete plans to phase out fossil fuels in the near term. As the scientists make clear, there is no time left to waste.”
Amazon Forest Ignored
Biden's Campaign boldly claimed that in 1998, he had championed for the Tropical Forest Conservation Act (detailed in the opening paragraphs) but the Biden Administration has not so much as mentioned the ongoing catastrophic destruction of thousands of square miles of Amazon Rainforest occurring monthly, that will have long term global repercussions.
Today we ignore Brazil destroying the Amazon Rainforest (the Lungs of the World) at record rates.
Amazon forest deforestation reached a new record in June 2021 for the fourth consecutive month.
According to official data released by Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research (INPE), a total of 1,062 square kilometers of the forest was destroyed.
Up 17 percent from the same period in 2020, which was up 108 percent from the year prior.
The figure was the highest since the INPE started gathering data in 2015.
Yet the Biden Administration does nothing to address this matter.
Lastly let me add:
The Biden Administration limited Oil and Gas production on Federal Lands, but has done nothing to move America off its reliance on oil and gas, instead just a couple months back he pleaded to OPEC nations to produce more oil, this does nothing to combat CO2 emissions or climate change, it merely shifts jobs and money away from America.
- Tesla Has No Friends | In Depth - YouTube
Discusses the corrupt political system that is doing all it can to slow the advancement of EVs and Renewable Energy.
- Biden Signs Order Aiming for Half of New Vehicles to Be Electric by 2030 - Legal Reader
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- Confronting Climate Change | Council on Foreign Relations
Against the backdrop of increasing attention to energy and climate change in the presidential campaigns, recent failure of the Senate to advance the …
- Biden Excludes Tesla in White House Event Signing EV Executive Order | Observer
President Biden is set to unveil an executive order calling for U.S. automakers to sell more electric vehicles. Executives from GM, Ford and Chrysler are invited to a White House event, while Tesla is not.
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Ken Burgess (author) from Florida on September 09, 2021:
Thank you for commenting Deepa,
I can't speak on all world leaders, but I can clearly see that China, the UK, and the EU are all moving faster and further ahead of America in the transition to Renewable Energy and EVs.
Their governments are supporting the transitions with economic incentives as well as firm laws requiring the change. The American government talks the talk, but drags it feet and slows the process of change far more than it helps it along.
Deepa from India on September 08, 2021:
No world leader seems to be aware of the scale of climate threats. Your article is a good take on climate issues. Well-researched and informative. As an environment journalist, I can draw valuable insights from it. Thank you.