The environment is not an issue of an individual, group, community, nation, or region; it is a global issue. The environmental issue has become an existential threat and is causing damage to indiscriminately. No state, whether developing or developed, is safe from the impacts of environmental threats. Even developed states like the United States are not immune to environmental issues. Ecological degradation has impacted the United States socially, politically, infrastructurally, and economically and has cost immensely overall. Recently the United States held elections in which Joe Biden has been declared as President-elect. If we observe in his political campaign, he categorically declared the environment as a major security threat. He, in his speeches, has pledged to combat climate changes once he is in office.

In June 2017, Donald Trump, US President, withdrew from the Paris Climate Agreement, which was signed by the previous democratic government of Barack Obama through executive action.

What is the Paris Climate Agreement?

Paris Climate Agreement is the agreement adopted by almost all UN member states to take steps against climate changes that are occurring around the world and impact nearly every existing state in one or another way. The purpose of the deal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to decrease global temperature. It also pledges to cut in their climate-altering pollutions and strengthen this process by all major emitting countries. This agreement also agrees that developed counties will guide and assist developing or third world countries in dealing with climate-related issues, as they have resources and expertise. It also says countries must make a framework for monitoring and reporting to take collective actions against climate changes.

It is not only about the United States. It’s about the world.

The Major Natural Disasters During Trump Era

The United States is experiencing environmental changes immensely; recently, many natural disasters like wildfire, hurricanes, and floods have damaged the economy, destroyed the structure, and caused hundreds of deaths in the United States. Donald Trump has, many times, denied the environmental changes that are occurring around the world. In his tweets, he has called the Paris Climate Agreement a conspiracy by China to halt the United States’ economic progress.

The United States, during the term of Donald Trump, has suffered many destructive natural disasters details of a few of them are as follows, Hurricane Harvey, which occurred in August 2017, was the second most damaging natural disaster after Hurricane Katrina in recent US history. More than a hundred people died due to this natural disaster. Moreover, according to the National Hurricane Center, it cost $125 billion in damage; Texas and Louisiana were the center points of the disaster.

Hurricane Irma was another natural disaster that occurred in September 2017, during the presidency of Donald Trump; it was equally devastating and the fifth costliest hurricane. At least 55 people died, and $50billion damage was caused in this natural catastrophe, which occurred mainly in four states of Florida, South Carolina, Georgia, and Puerto Rico. The third hurricane that also happened in September 2017 was the worst of all as it caused at least 4,600 deaths, according to the Harvard University Study. The wildfire in California, November 2018, was another natural disaster that happened during the Donald Trump era, it was the deadliest in the history of California wildfire, it caused 85 deaths, burned more than 150,000 acres, and leveled more than 18,000 different structures, and the estimated cost is $16billion.

The above-discussed disasters are some of the major natural disasters that occurred during the era of Donald Trump, there are thousands of similar smaller disasters that have happened which have caused immensely to the US economy, but Donald Trump has called this a conspiracy and withdrew from Paris Climate Agreement, Donald Trump has not responded positively towards the issue of the environment which is the global issue and requires collective efforts and major role from states like the United States, the world is quite positive from the president-elect, Joe Biden, that he might undo the environment policies adopted by Donald Trump and will rejoin the Paris Agreement as he has pledged in his election campaign.

Joe Biden and Environment Policies

Joe Biden has pledged in his election campaign that the environment will be among his major priorities. However, many issues require special and prompt attention like a growing pandemic, an under-performing economy, and race-relations discord. One of the first actions performed by Joe Biden will be rejoining the Paris Climate Accord, which he stated in his speeches. Joe Biden is selecting his transition team capable of making environmental policies, and these people will be climate scholars, practitioners, experts, and prominent figures of climate background. The names under consideration for the International climate envoy post are Mr. Moniz, John Kerry, and Tom Steyer. All of them are very influential figures to represent and convince other countries to work for environmental issues. However, states like China, Japan, South Korea, and international organizations like the European Union have cooperated. Joe Biden has also planned to make every sector work to improve the environment, as every sector impacts and is impacted by environmental changes. 

The world is quite positive from the president-elect, Joe Biden, that he might undo the environmental policies adopted by Donald Trump and will rejoin the Paris Agreement as he has pledged in his election campaign.

Joe Biden has planned to invest 2 trillion dollars in the coming four years in the sectors such as emission-free electricity generation, work in the transportation department by bringing hybrid and electric vehicles, and also constructing efficient buildings for purposes like residence and offices. He also plans to give financial incentives to the companies working in manufacturing and producing climate-friendly products and technologies. Joe Biden has also planned to work with Pentagon in adopting and developing climate-friendly technologies, and the name under consideration for the defense secretary is Ms. Flournoy (pro environmentalist). She said in one of her opinion articles that the pentagon must look into the climate issue as it has become the security threat for the country. Joe Biden has also said that he will not be using the technique of fracking, a process of drilling to extract gas and oil, on the lands that come under federal control.

With this vast planning of reversing, reforming, and bringing new policies Joe Biden could face opposition and resistance from those whose interests are connected with these industries and resources, which Joe Biden wants to reverse. And he might face legal and technical issues in congress because the republican candidates are more in numbers than democrats, Joe Biden either with his team has to convince republicans where he might succeed, or he has to pass an executive order for which he might face resistance from the judiciary where again there are conservatives. In both cases, Joe Biden has to prepare a plan to counter their arguments because there is no time to waste and policies have to be taken. It is not only about the United States. It’s about the world.

In June 2017, Donald Trump, US President, withdrew from the Paris Climate Agreement, which was signed by the previous democratic government of Barack Obama through executive action.

What is the Paris Climate Agreement?

Paris Climate Agreement is the agreement adopted by almost all UN member states to take steps against climate changes that are occurring around the world and impact nearly every existing state in one or another way. The purpose of the deal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to decrease global temperature. It also pledges to cut in their climate-altering pollutions and strengthen this process by all major emitting countries. This agreement also agrees that developed counties will guide and assist developing or third world countries in dealing with climate-related issues, as they have resources and expertise. It also says countries must make a framework for monitoring and reporting to take collective actions against climate changes.

The Major Natural Disasters During Trump Era

The United States is experiencing environmental changes immensely; recently, many natural disasters like wildfire, hurricanes, and floods have damaged the economy, destroyed the structure, and caused hundreds of deaths in the United States. Donald Trump has, many times, denied the environmental changes that are occurring around the world. In his tweets, he has called the Paris Climate Agreement a conspiracy by China to halt the United States’ economic progress.

The United States, during the term of Donald Trump, has suffered many destructive natural disasters details of a few of them are as follows, Hurricane Harvey, which occurred in August 2017, was the second most damaging natural disaster after Hurricane Katrina in recent US history. More than a hundred people died due to this natural disaster. Moreover, according to the National Hurricane Center, it cost $125 billion in damage; Texas and Louisiana were the center points of the disaster.

Hurricane Irma was another natural disaster that occurred in September 2017, during the presidency of Donald Trump; it was equally devastating and the fifth costliest hurricane. At least 55 people died, and $50billion damage was caused in this natural catastrophe, which occurred mainly in four states of Florida, South Carolina, Georgia, and Puerto Rico. The third hurricane that also happened in September 2017 was the worst of all as it caused at least 4,600 deaths, according to the Harvard University Study. The wildfire in California, November 2018, was another natural disaster that happened during the Donald Trump era, it was the deadliest in the history of California wildfire, it caused 85 deaths, burned more than 150,000 acres, and leveled more than 18,000 different structures, and the estimated cost is $16billion.

The above-discussed disasters are some of the major natural disasters that occurred during the era of Donald Trump, there are thousands of similar smaller disasters that have happened which have caused immensely to the US economy, but Donald Trump has called this a conspiracy and withdrew from Paris Climate Agreement, Donald Trump has not responded positively towards the issue of the environment which is the global issue and requires collective efforts and major role from states like the United States, the world is quite positive from the president-elect, Joe Biden, that he might undo the environment policies adopted by Donald Trump and will rejoin the Paris Agreement as he has pledged in his election campaign.

Joe Biden and Environment Policies

Joe Biden has pledged in his election campaign that the environment will be among his major priorities. However, many issues require special and prompt attention like a growing pandemic, an under-performing economy, and race-relations discord. One of the first actions performed by Joe Biden will be rejoining the Paris Climate Accord, which he stated in his speeches. Joe Biden is selecting his transition team capable of making environmental policies, and these people will be climate scholars, practitioners, experts, and prominent figures of climate background. The names under consideration for the International climate envoy post are Mr. Moniz, John Kerry, and Tom Steyer. All of them are very influential figures to represent and convince other countries to work for environmental issues. However, states like China, Japan, South Korea, and international organizations like the European Union have cooperated. Joe Biden has also planned to make every sector work to improve the environment, as every sector impacts and is impacted by environmental changes. 

Joe Biden has planned to invest 2 trillion dollars in the coming four years in the sectors such as emission-free electricity generation, work in the transportation department by bringing hybrid and electric vehicles, and also constructing efficient buildings for purposes like residence and offices. He also plans to give financial incentives to the companies working in manufacturing and producing climate-friendly products and technologies. Joe Biden has also planned to work with Pentagon in adopting and developing climate-friendly technologies, and the name under consideration for the defense secretary is Ms. Flournoy (pro environmentalist). She said in one of her opinion articles that the pentagon must look into the climate issue as it has become the security threat for the country. Joe Biden has also said that he will not be using the technique of fracking, a process of drilling to extract gas and oil, on the lands that come under federal control.

With this vast planning of reversing, reforming, and bringing new policies Joe Biden could face opposition and resistance from those whose interests are connected with these industries and resources, which Joe Biden wants to reverse. And he might face legal and technical issues in congress because the republican candidates are more in numbers than democrats, Joe Biden either with his team has to convince republicans where he might succeed, or he has to pass an executive order for which he might face resistance from the judiciary where again there are conservatives. In both cases, Joe Biden has to prepare a plan to counter their arguments because there is no time to waste and policies have to be taken. It is not only about the United States. It’s about the world.

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