President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris made an exuberant debut at the White House right after taking oath at the Capitol Hill, calling it ‘Democracy’s Day’. After four tumultuous years of an ailing country, the Biden administration is determined to bring back the broken pieces together and restore the order of the world’s largest democracy.
President Biden began his four-year presidential term by making face masks mandatory for all federal officials, rejoining the Paris Climate Accord, and accelerating federal aid for the underprivileged communities.
The new White House press secretary Jen Psaki made her first press briefing-
“I have deep respect for the role of a free an independent press in our democracy and for the role all of you play.”
What’s more to follow in the first 10 days of Joe Biden’s presidential term
The Biden government is set to draft a comprehensive environmental strategy that is a small step towards cutting net US emissions to zero by 2050. This will elevate the energy ( solar and wind) job market and re-establish Barack Obama’s climate policies.
Biden administration already reunified the Paris Climate Agreement on its day one, an international agreement that Donald Trump had previously scrapped to mitigate harmful global heating.
Further on, Joe Biden revoked a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline. This controversial cross-border project would bring 830,000 barrels of crude oil each day from Alberta, Canada pipeline that runs to oil refineries on the US’s Gulf of Mexico coast.
Undoing Trump’s Policy Legacy
In a much-expected turn of events on the first day of the Biden administration, Joe Biden overturned Trump’s policy legacy that escalated racism and hatred in America. Right on day one of the presidency, Joe Biden rescinded the border wall construction as ordered by Donald Trump.
This was followed by another significant executive order– order to lift the travel ban to the Muslim countries. The next executive order by Joe Biden on his first day led America to rejoin WHO.
Joe Biden is the first president in the history of the U.S. to sign multiple executive orders on day one of the presidency.
A Battle Against Climate Change, Right From Day One Of Biden Administration
President Biden will also reverse Trump’s undoing of rules that limited the emission of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, from oil and gas drilling operations. However, climate scientists point out that it would not be feasible to focus solely on older climate policies to help the planet escape the worst perils of heatwaves, floods, and humanitarian crises.
The political wrangling outcome will be most keenly felt by poor and people of color who disproportionately live near air and water pollution sources such as coal-fired power plants and highways. Biden has promised to help these communities.
Impoverished people and people of color who live overwhelmingly near reservoirs of air and water pollution, such as coal-fired power plants and highways, will perceive the outcome of the legal war most profoundly. Biden has decided to support these groups.
They will focus majorly on the paradigm’s e greenhouse gas side, which is maybe a quarter of the work. As per a study from IPCC from a discernible human influence on the global climate in the early times, human impact has been the primary cause of the observed warming since the 1950s; and climate change is getting hazardous every day.
Such effects reach far beyond temperature increasing and impacting habitats and populations in the United States and globally.
Water, electricity, transport, biodiversity, agriculture, habitats, and human health are experiencing the effects of a changing environment. The study emphasizes that these threats aren’t just in the future; they have arrived. The U.S. is now struggling with the high expense of climate change.
They are looking forward to taking some aggressive steps towards climate control(“which is the existential threat of the current time” – quoted Biden) along with Bill Clinton’s climate advisor Paul Bledsoe and the other nominees.
Rarely have U.S. cities, states, and federal policymakers integrated potential climate risk into their choices. Thoughtful climate change preparation, however, could produce substantial benefits for communities around the world.
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, planet-heating emissions dipped in 2020 but are already rising back to previous levels despite the UN warning that countries must at least triple their emission cuts as agreed under the Paris agreement.
In the months that follow, the US will convene an international climate summit in the White House in Biden’s first few months and is also set to enter into a global initiative to wander off the use of hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, used in refrigeration and air conditioning, leading to planetary heating.
Biden has also promised to help scientists from the federal government beleaguered by the Trump administration’s years of climate change scepticism and sidelining of politically controversial research.
This government is taking fast-paced steps towards a better America. Biden expected to end construction on Trump’s border wall, from lifting the travel ban from several Muslim-majority countries to entering the Paris Climate Accord.