Opinion Why Biden's jobs plan is crucial step in confronting climate change
Biden releases breakdown of what needs fixing for infrastructure plan
Republicans slammed President Joe Biden's $2.7 trillion infrastructure plan as a 'dog's breakfast of slush funds' for Democrats as White House releases state-by-state breakdown of what needs fixing.Biden will host four GOP lawmakers - along with four Democratic ones - on Monday to discuss his massive infrastructure plan, which Republicans have criticized for containing more than traditional infrastructure projects.
The, an approximately $2 trillion infrastructure package proposed by the Biden administration, calls for rebuilding the economy as we address two converging issues: failing infrastructure and the climate crisis.
The Biden plan is timely and desperately needed.
In March, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) released the 2021and gave the country a C-minus. The report said the United States is spending barely over half of what is needed to improve critical infrastructure.
Biden wants to convince the world America can be trusted on climate change
It’s going to be a tough sell.Senior administration officials spoke with reporters on a Wednesday call ahead of two days of remote meetings featuring world leaders like Biden, Chinese President Xi Jinping, and Russian President Vladimir Putin. While they didn’t confirm reports that the US hopes to cut emissions by 50 percent from 2005 levels by 2030, they did answer Vox’s question on why other nations should trust America to keep its climate promises — given the US government has swung wildly on climate policy depending on who the president is.
in the report received a grade in the ‘D’ range: aviation, dams, hazardous waste, inland waterways, levees, public parks, roads, schools, storm water, transit and wastewater. It is clear that action is needed.
Evidence of the escalating climate crisis also mounts. Earlier this year, analysis bytied with 2016 as the warmest year on record.
In addition, the World Wildlife Fund has analyzed the economic costs of nature loss and found that the cumulativeare a staggering $10 trillion by 2050 if we do not take action to change our collective course. The economic losses to the United States would be $83 billion a year, the most of all the countries studied.
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The high cost is largely due to increased exposure of coastal infrastructure and agricultural land to, causing food and agricultural commodity prices to rise and increasing property losses.
While these challenges are daunting, the American Jobs Plan presents a clear-eyed response and a once in a generation opportunity to address these three interrelated crises — infrastructure, climate change and nature loss — to maximize benefits for the American people, create good and durable jobs, and set the United States on the path to a climate-resilient economy.
It is increasingly recognized that nature can function as infrastructure by providing services such as water provisioning and coastal protection. For example, in Seadrift, Texas, Dow Chemical Co. determined that thewas approximately $40 million and $1-$2 million, making natural infrastructure a much less expensive option.
Summit shows Biden big vision on fighting climate change
WASHINGTON (AP) — What did the world learn at Joe Biden's global summit about his vision of the battle to save the world’s climate? For two days, Biden and his team of climate experts pressed his case that tackling global warming not only can avert an existential threat, but also benefit the U.S. economy — and the world’s as well. The virtual summit, based at the White House and featuring more than 40 world leaders whose views were beamed to a global online audience, offered fresh details on how the U.S. might hope to supercharge its efforts on climate while leveraging international action to spur new technologies to help save the planet.
Studiesthat coastal wetlands reduced flood damages caused from Hurricane Sandy by 20% to 30% in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey and Virginia and helped reduce damage to thousands of miles of roads.
Natural infrastructure saves money
Similarly, it has beencan improve water quality and water flow at lower costs than traditional gray forms of infrastructure. The growing evidence base of nature's ability to deliver real infrastructure benefits at lower costs, and reinforce the effectiveness of traditional infrastructure, has led the ASCE to recognize natural infrastructure as a key solution for building resilience and raising America's C-minus grade.
Natural infrastructure also provides additional benefits that gray infrastructure cannot, such as carbon storage and sequestration. There is no feasible pathway to net-zero greenhouse emissions in time to avoid.
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In the United States, carbon storage in forest ecosystems. Mangrove forests and coastal wetlands are just as important for climate change mitigation at a rate 10 times greater than mature tropical forests and storing three to five times more carbon per equivalent area than tropical forests.
In addition,, and more than 75% of the commercial and 90% of the recreational harvest of fish and shellfish in America.
Protecting nature helps to create jobs
Restoration and protection of nature also is a powerful job creator. In 2014,in the United States, employing more people than coal mining (79,000), logging (54,000) or steel production (91,000).
The "new economy" that the American Jobs Plan aspires to create should be one that values the many benefits natural systems provide to our economy and society. Historically, nature has been viewed as a source of costs associated with protection, such as national park management, or as something to be exploited for economic returns.
Now, it's clear that nature is a vital part of our economy. As such, we must direct investments into natural infrastructure with the same urgency and importance as new investments in roads, ports, dams and levees.
How Joe Biden's speech to Congress differs from past presidential addresses
Things will look a lot different during the annual presidential address, from COVID-19 guidelines to history being made behind the podium.The address, which technically is not called the State of the Union, will be the first time a U.S. president speaks to both houses of Congress since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, as former President Donald Trump delivered his last State of the Union on Feb. 4, 2020.
The return on such investment will be threefold: a safer climate, jobs that take Americans forward into the new economy and infrastructure to underpin a prosperous future.
Richard Saines, a partner at Pollination Group, is recognized by France for his significant contribution to the preparation and implementation of the Paris Agreement. Jane Carter Ingram is executive director ofand an adjunct associated professor in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.
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Why President Joe Biden's speech to Congress was unlike any other in modern history .
A joint sessions speech, known for its glad-handing cadence, was bound to be subdued with only 200 folks permitted at an event that can hold 1,500.President Joe Biden's address to a joint session of Congress was unlike any in modern history due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With no more than 200 folks permitted for an event that can hold up to 1,500, an event known for its glad-handing cadence and rousing moments was destined to be subdued.