Guest essay by Eric Worrall
Will the world give the USA a chance to regain respect as a global climate leader? According to time, it depends on John Kerry’s diplomacy and how much “tangible support” the USA can offer.
Joe Biden Says the U.S. Will Lead on Climate. But First He Has to Regain World Leaders’ Trust
BY JUSTIN WORLAND NOVEMBER 24, 2020 8:23 PM EST
Joe Biden named former Secretary of State John Kerry to a new top position on global climate policy, a public step toward what the President-elect has promised will be a renaissance in American leadership on the issue.
Activists who hope climate change will play a central role in the new administration cheered the news, but both Kerry and Biden have their work cut out for them. After four years under Donald Trump, the Biden Administration inherits a badly bruised international reputation. Trump repeatedly denied the science of climate change, rolled back dozens of environmental and emissions-reduction regulations, and earned the derision of nearly 200 nations who co-signed the Paris Agreement on climate change when he announced the United States’s withdrawal from the pact six months after taking office.
To turn the page on the Trump era and re-establish the U.S. as a global leader on climate, Biden and Kerry must rapidly accelerate emissions-reduction policies domestically and offer tangible support to partner nations that are making progress abroad. Crucially, allies say, the U.S. will need to reengage the world with a recognition that Washington can no longer unilaterally dictate the terms of engagement. “We have to reenter this field, when we join our allies, with a great sense of humility,” says Gina McCarthy, the former Environmental Protection Agency head who is now the president of the Natural Resources Defense Council. “We have a great deal of trust that we have to rebuild across the world.”
Ah, humility. Let the feeding frenzy begin. I mean it is not like anyone in the USA needs the tax money Kerry and Biden apparently plan to ship to various United Nations climate initiatives, to make amends for Trump turning off the money tap.
via Watts Up With That?
November 25, 2020 at 08:52PM