Joe Biden told to ‘do your job’ by Florida’s Ron DeSantis
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The 78-year-old leader was slammed online for not doing enough to tackle the climate crisis after he tweeted about the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report. The report, authored by 234 scientists in 66 countries, found “it is more likely than not” that the world will reach a 1.5C increase in temperature in the next two decades. The US president, who made substantial climate pledges during his run to the White House, took to Twitter after the publication of the report.
He tweeted: “We can’t wait to tackle the climate crisis.
“The signs are unmistakable. The science is undeniable. And the cost of inaction keeps mounting.
But some were rattled by his statement.
One reply read: “Looking forward to every leader acknowledging the climate crises while doing absolutely nothing to stop it.”
Joe Biden was savaged online (Image: GETTY)
The UN published a damning report on climate change (Image: GETTY)
Others took aim at the proposed Line 3 pipeline expansion to bring nearly a million barrels of tar sands per day from Alberta, Canada to Superior, Wisconsin.
One simply said: #StopLine3 already!”
Extinction Rebellion San Francisco added: “Cancel permits for Line 3. How does a new tar sands pipeline help the climate crisis?”
“This you?!” tweeted another, along with a Mother Jones story about the Interior Department quietly approving Arch Resource’s request for royalty relief at two of its coal mines.
When he took office in January, Mr Biden announced a series of laws, regulations, and programmes as part of his environmental policy.
Joe Biden took to Twitter to comment (Image: GETTY)
Many of these, like rejoining the Paris Agreement, were aimed to reverse decisions taken by his predecessor, Donald Trump.
He began with a flurry of climate-focused executive orders, including the protection of wildlife, the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, and drilling for oil and gas on federal lands.
The main climate target of the Biden administration is to achieve Net-Zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
Speaking in April, the White House said it would require the US grid to get 80 percent of its power from emissions-free sources by 2030.
Deputy White House climate adviser Ali Zaid, said: “Our goal is to enact this into law.”
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Many fear time is running out to address global warming (Image: GETTY)
The US has made several pledges (Image: GETTY)
The plan is to reduce emissions by adopting renewables like wind and solar, using nuclear energy or finding ways to suck up and sequester greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuel plants.
Mr Zaidi added: “There are multiple pathways to get meaningful progress in the power sector.
“We think this is a really powerful one in terms of giving utilities a clear and clean planning horizon.”
Many utilities already have plans to remove carbon from their systems due to investor pressure or state mandates, so they broadly support the policy.
They are concerned, however, that the technological breakthroughs needed to reach zero emissions may not materialise in time to meet a 2035 timeline.
In a statement, the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association said the administration’s 2035 goal was “overly ambitious.”
But 13 major utilities sent a letter to Mr Biden in support of a power sector goal that would cut emissions by 80% below 2005 levels by 2030.