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United States: Progressives and African-Americans await Joe Biden at the turn
© AFP - Mark Makela Demonstration of the Black Lives Matter movement in Philadelphia, October 27, 2020. D-2 before the inauguration of Joe Biden . The new president has promised to want to heal the United States of its divisions. But he will also have a lot to do to maintain the unity of his own political family. Within the Democratic Party, the left wing has steadily gained in influence. Likewise, the African-American electorate also has high expectations.
D Determined to implement his climate plan, is due to announce measures against drilling in the United States on Wednesday. gas and oil on US federal lands, according to multiple media and a White House memo.
The administration of the Democratic president has drafted a text imposing a moratorium on the granting of new concessions for oil and gas drilling on government lands and waters, according to the.
If the moratorium will have no impact on the concessions already granted, it will allow Joe Biden to keep one of his campaign promises.
Theshould also commit to preserving the integrity of 30% of federal lands and waters by 2030, in order to halt the loss of biodiversity, according to several American media.
End of Trump's presidency and hope for a new beginning under Biden
After four years under President Donald Trump, the US is facing a fresh start with Joe Biden at the helm: As the 46th President of the United States, the 78-year-old will take the lead on Wednesday of the deeply divided country marked by the corona pandemic. With numerous decrees and orders, Biden wants to initiate a radical departure from Trump's politics immediately after his inauguration.
Almost a quarter of carbon dioxide emissions in the United States come from energy produced on federal land, notes a 2018 government report.
And the granting of oil, gas, or coal mining concessions generated nearly $ 11.7 billion in revenue for the U.S. government in 2019, according to Home Department figures.
With this series of measures, Joe Biden is thus getting closer in a concrete way to his goal of phasing out fossil fuels, and carbon neutrality in the energy sector by 2035 and in the economy as a whole. 'by 2050.A contested project
But some environmental associations, such as the NGO Oceana, want the new host of the White House to go even further, transforming the moratorium on drilling into a permanent ban.
"By permanently protecting our coasts from polluting drilling in the open sea and by favoring renewable sources of energy, such as offshore wind, we can simultaneously fight climate change and guarantee a green economy for our coasts", explains Diane Hoskins, Oceana spokesperson on the subject.
After inauguration: The first tweets from Biden and Harris in office
Today, January 20th, first the new Vice President of the United States, Kamala Harris (56), and then the new President, Joe Biden (78, " Promise me "), sworn in. Within a very short time both published their first tweets in office. © imago images / UPI Photo Joe Biden (l.) And Kamala Harris at the inauguration "There is no time to lose when it comes to dealing with the crises we are facing," explained to Biden .
The presidential project has also provoked strong criticism in the fossil fuel industry.
"Limiting the exploitation (of fossil fuels) on state lands and waters is nothing less than a policy aimed at + importing more oil", launches Mike Sommers, president of the large federation of professionals in the oil and gas industry in the United States.
"The demand for energy will continue to increase, especially with the improvement of the economic situation, and we can choose to produce this energy here in the United States or to depend on foreign countries hostile to American interests", continues- he.Climate summit
Joe Biden should give climate change the status of "national security priority" and reconstitute a group of science and technology experts to advise it, says a memo from the executive consulted by the.
It will also announce a climate summit bringing together international leaders in the United States on April 22, Earth day and the fifth anniversary of the signing of theagreement, according to the same source.
Joe Biden is the new President: This is how the stars congratulate
It is a happy day for many: On January 20, Joe Biden (78, "Promise me" ) and Kamala Harris (56) became President and Vice President of the USA introduced into their offices. Numerous personalities from show business and politics promptly congratulated. Here is a selection. © imago images / UPI Photo Joe Biden during his first speech as US President "Such an emotional day" For model Hailey Bieber (24), Wednesday was "such an emotional day".
This will be an opportunity for the world's leading power to "sit down at the table of discussions with the others" in order to advance the fight against global warming, before the major UN climate conference is held. (COP26) in the UK in November, points out David Waskow of the World Resources Institute.
The expert expects the United States to raise its environmental objectives, with a potential horizon of a 50% reduction in total greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, compared to 2005 levels.
The Democratic president is also due to present to Congress next month his $ 2,000 billion climate plan, which is supposed to put green measures at the heart of the US economy. However, he could face the reluctance of elected Republicans, even if a bipartite agreement remains possible.
"We must not forget that states like Texas and Wyoming also have a strong wind potential," said Sherri Goodman, who worked on environmental issues under the Obama administration.
"The acceleration of the melting of glaciers and pack ice, the collapse of permafrost (deep frozen soils) and the increase in temperatures underline the importance of recognizing the climate as an essential element of our foreign policy", she adds.
27/01/2021 12:10:32 - Washington (AFP) - © 2021 AFP
United States: Joe Biden wants to facilitate the naturalizations of migrants .
The Democratic President will also order his administration to review all the obstacles to legal immigration and integration posed by Donald Trump © Dennis Van Tine / STAR MAX / IPx / AP / Joe Biden has reacted to the policies of France CITIZENSHIP - The Democratic president will also order his administration to review all the obstacles to legal immigration and posed integration by Donald Trump To break with Donald Trump's policy and reconnect with the tradition of welcoming from the United Sta