By signing the order to rejoin the Paris accord on climate change soon after taking over, the new US President, Joe Biden, has reaffirmed his resolve to carry out the climate action plan he had outlined during his election campaign. The three key planks of his programme include expediting the pace of reduction in the carbon footprint of the US economy, reassuming leadership of the international combat against global warming, and spurring (read pressuring) developing countries to contribute more to the climate change mitigation effort. On the domestic front, Mr Biden proposes to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions from the electricity sector by 2035 and achieve total carbon neutrality by 2050, simultaneously with the European Union.
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First Published: Wed, January 27 2021. 22:44 IST