President Joe Biden inherited a historic mess when he was sworn into office last January. Cleaning up the mistakes made by the previous administration over its four years–the intentional ones and the chaos that intentionally occurred as a result–would be a challenge for anyone to clean up. That anyone expects it to happen overnight is to know the short fuse Americans have, the collective patience reduced to a blip in the informational ADD age.
It’s not Joe Biden’s place to personally apologize for anything any previous administration did. While the President is ultimately responsible for what occurs during their tenure, no one has ever had to follow the kind of mess that the Trump circus left in its wake.
Soon after he took office, Trump initiated the process of withdrawing the U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement, the largest international effort to date aimed at curbing climate change, and one that the U.S. played a key role in negotiating while President Biden served as vice president to President Barack Obama. There was a four-year waiting period before the U.S.’s exit was formalized under Trump, and the country officially withdrew from the accord late last year, becoming the sole country out of nearly 200 signatories to pull out. President Biden signed an executive order moments after being sworn in to have the U.S. re-enter the Paris Climate Accord.
Tune in as I hold a press conference from COP26 in Glasgow. https://t.co/wY4by2kRrv
— President Biden (@POTUS) November 2, 2021
The President’s latest remarks at the COP26 climate summit reaffirmed his commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 50% to 52% by 2030 when compared to 2005 levels. They came on the heels of the President announcing the framework of the Build Back Better package last week, which reiterated his commitment to cutting down greenhouse gas pollution by 2030 as well as the creation of a new Civilian Climate Corps to provide jobs that help conserve public lands in addition to addressing climate change.
Time is running out. Change won’t come from these conferences like #COP26 unless there is big public pressure from the outside.
Join the climate strike this Friday (Kelvingrove Park 11am), and the climate march Saturday (11.30am) to make your voice heard. Together we are strong. pic.twitter.com/BYoVHukkyM
— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) November 2, 2021