US Presidential Elections 2020 HIGHLIGHTS: Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden has pledged to rejoin the historic Paris Agreement on climate change, if elected to power in the November presidential election, and set new standards towards reducing carbon emissions.
Claiming that the 2015 Paris climate deal puts an “unfair economic burden” on Americans, President Donald Trump’s administration notified the United Nations in November last year that the US would withdraw from the agreement.
“While he (President Donald Trump) turned against our allies, I’ll bring us back into the Paris Agreement. I will put us back in the business of leading the world on climate change and I will challenge every other country to up the ante on climate commitments,” Biden said in a policy speech on climate change.
In his address from Delaware, Biden further said, “Where he reverses the Obama-Biden fuel efficiency standards, he picks big oil. He picks in big oil companies over American workers, even when the automobile industry agreed.”
Donald Trump, meanwhile, has made withdrawing from the climate agreement one of his election campaign pledges, and has said the deal “punished” the US and would cost millions of American jobs. Trump has, however, indicated that he was open to another climate deal “on terms that are fair to the United States.”
Biden said, if elected, he will not only bring the standards back, but will also set new ambitious ones that American workers are ready to meet.