It’s difficult to imagine two more opposing views than those of Donald Trump and Joe Biden when it comes to the environment.
One is a climate change skeptic and a strong advocate for the worst polluters. The other won the election with the most ambitious plan for climate policy in American history.
$2 Trillion for a Green Recovery
Joe Biden is not only committed to the United States reentering the Paris climate agreement; he promised $2 trillion over the course of four years for a green recovery. According to several experts, if Biden can implement his plan, the United States will go from being a cancer on the environment to a being a leader for the planet.
Our southern neighbor is aiming for 100% carbon-free electricity production by 2035. That’s ambitious, knowing that 62% of its production currently depends on fossil fuels.
Thus, the United States will no longer need oil from Alberta or a new pipeline to deliver it. The end of Keystone XL has been declared.
The next president got the message from trade union members: There are no jobs on a dead planet, nor would companies profit.
Biden has promised an investment that will contribute to the reduction of the country’s ecological footprint while creating millions of new jobs. Efficient energy and green energy are at the heart of his program, as is improving the living conditions of those who are less fortunate. Underserved neighborhoods will be at the heart of a vast plan for ecological restoration and construction. Standards will have to change.
The creation of 250,000 jobs for environmental rehabilitation is also expected, mainly to close up some of the 3 million abandoned oil and gas wells and clean up mining sites. Biden also wants to protect 30% of land and water environments by 2030.
This should inspire our own government, whose promises leave something to be desired. It remains to be seen if Biden will be able to carry out his plans. Let’s hope so for our children’s future.