A SECOND OPINION: Biden to Spend on Climate Change

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by Mary Foran

The President who rejoined the Paris Agreement on Day One

Last week US President Joe Biden announced a $2 trillion dollar Climate Change Administration policy that promises to phase out fossil-fuel powered electricity and move to solar, wind and other renewable fuel sources.

Sen. Barrasso with then-President Trump: “Free market innovation is best way to deal with climate change”

Said Senator John Barrasso of Wyoming, expected to take the helm of the Senate Energy Committee, “there are ways we can protect our environment without punishing our economy. Free market innovation, not government taxation or heavy-handed regulations, is the best way to deal with climate change.”

One of Mr. Biden’s earliest executive orders was to revive an Obama-era mandate that every government agency incorporate climate change into its policies. The Environmental Protection Agency will still be the new president’s most powerful weapon in his push to reinstate and strengthen climate change regulations.

Biden’s climate change plans will cost the taxpayers some $2 Trillion Dollars to create carbon-free electricity by 2035.

Secretary of State John Kerry signs the Climate Change Agreement at the UN General Assembly for the United States, 22 April 2016. America, under the Trump administration, became the first nation to formally withdraw from the Agreement, taking effect on 4 November 2020 per UN regulations. The US could rejoin — and did this January 2021.

The cost of Biden’s plan would be paid for through a mix of tax increases on corporations and the wealthy, and deficit spending aimed at stimulating the economy, according to senior officials.

Mr. Biden rejoined the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement on his inauguration day, Jan 20th.

The US president has repeatedly called climate change an “existential threat’ and a burden on the most vulnerable Americans, and people around the world.

Green energy: the price is high but it is an opportunity for innovation and growth

Whereas Trump saw climate change as a “hoax” and a job-killer, Biden sees Green Energy as an opportunity for innovation and growth.

May he be right.

See the White House video of the press briefing on the climate crisis by Press Secretary Jen Psaki, Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry, and the National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy, 27 January 2021

>Featured image: White House Facebook post
>Pres. Biden from his Facebook page, cropped

>John Barrasso, photo taken 14 February 2018 at the White House/Shealah Craighead, PD
>US Environmental Agency  seal, PD via Wikipedia
>John Kerry signing Climate Change Agreement, US Department of State photo, PD. (Note granddaughter Dobbs-Higginson looking on from his lap.)
>Green energy/Gerd Altman from Pixabay
>White House press briefing video: White House Facebook, PD