Biden vs. Trump – Connect Arizona

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➡️ By Johani Carolina Ponce

Numerous studies confirm the scientific consensus on anthropogenic climate change. More than 99% of scientists agree that global warming is real and caused by human activities. However, former President Donald Trump has dismissed this consensus, calling climate change a “hoax” and withdrawing the United States from the Paris Agreement in 2017. In contrast, President Joe Biden has implemented strong policies to combat climate change, restoring environmental regulations and promoting clean energy, as evidenced in the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022.

The results of numerous investigations confirm what many previous studies have already established: there is no significant debate among experts about the cause of climate change. This issue is completely resolved, and scientists do not dispute the reality of anthropogenic climate change, which refers to global warming and climate changes caused by human activities such as burning fossil fuels and deforestation. A recent study strongly supports this statement, demonstrating that More than 99% of scientists agree that climate change is real and is driven by human activity. Likewise, scientists do not question plate tectonics, which explains the movement of the plates of the Earth’s crust, or the theory of evolution, which describes the change in the hereditary characteristics of biological populations over generations. .

However, former President Donald Trump’s response to this reality has been disconcerting. A person with no training in science, like Trump, dismissed the consensus of more than 99% of scientists. Trump has called climate change a “hoax.” “So Obama is talking about all this with global warming and all that. Much of this is a farce. It’s a hoax. It’s a money-making industry, okay? “It is a farce,” he said in a public presentation before he was elected president in 2016.

Contrasts in climate policies

President Joe Biden and Trump have very different records on climate change and approaches to the environment. While President Biden has adopted strong policies to combat climate change, promoting the transition to clean energy and reducing carbon emissions, former President Trump has been an outspoken skeptic.

During his administration, one of the first actions he took in 2017 was to withdraw the US from the Paris Agreement. This international treaty, adopted in 2015, aims to limit global warming to less than 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit), and preferably to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit), by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. . The signatory countries committed to present and comply with national climate action plans. Biden reversed that decision in 2021.

Art: Daniel Robles.

Changes and advances in environmental regulations

During his term, Trump eliminated 125 environmental rules and policies meant to protect the country’s air, water, land and wildlife, arguing that these regulations hurt businesses.

Biden has restored many of these regulations. He has also added several new rules and regulations, including a requirement for companies to publicly disclose their greenhouse gas emissions.

The Biden administration’s most significant climate action to date was the signing of the Inflation Reduction Act in August 2022, the most ambitious and impactful climate legislation in US history. The law invests hundreds of thousands of millions of dollars in clean energy, electric vehicles, environmental justice and more.

The Trump campaign’s climate policies

In the current presidential campaign, according to a Washington Post report, Trump has promised to reverse dozens of Biden administration policies. This includes removing the moratorium on approvals for liquefied natural gas exports, reversing new restrictions on Arctic drilling, and dismantling many regulations on oil and gas drilling on public lands. Additionally, he proposes eliminating tax incentives and regulations that promote the adoption of electric vehicles, and immediately ending all offshore wind development.

Despite these promises, taking action to fight climate change remains more popular than inaction. For example, a poll conducted by Yale University in November 2023 found that 57% of voters would prefer a candidate who supports actions to combat global warming, compared to a candidate who opposes such actions.

Art: Daniel Robles.

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