Opinion: Biden can, and should, do more to protect the planet
By Dan Becker and James Gerstenzang, Safe Climate Campaign
February 1, 2021
President Biden is restarting the fight to protect the climate. He has directed the federal government to buy only electric vehicles for its future fleet. He has frozen new oil and gas leasing on public lands and waters. And he’s pledging to restore the United States’ role at the center of the fight against climate change — first, by returning to the Paris climate agreement, and by committing to cut U.S. global-warming pollution to zero by 2050.
He also elevated environmental justice policies to protect low-income and minority populations from the pollution that has long fouled their communities. Where covid-19 and air pollution have collided, death rates have increased, particularly among people of color, who disproportionately live in smog-bound communities.
Following four years of the Trump administration’s near-total denial of global warming, we once again have a president who understands the urgency of doing something about the climate crisis.
But two important steps remain. The first involves….
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