Environmentally-minded Americans are rejoicing at the presidential election results! According to the Election 2020 Newsletter of EDF Action, the advocacy partner of the Environmental Defense Fund, while the outgoing president has taken serious anti-environment measures, the president-elect has committed to the following:
1. Rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement, and make the United States a global leader in the effort to slash climate pollution before it’s too late.
2. Restore the mission and budgets of the EPA, Interior Department and other federal agencies that protect the environment, including by rehiring scientists.
3. Chart a path to zero carbon from the U.S. electricity sector by 2035; ban new oil and gas permits on public lands.
4. Invest $2 trillion over four years on clean energy in the transportation, electricity and building sectors, creating 10 million jobs.
5. Strengthen automobile fuel efficiency standards and achieve zero emissions from vehicles by 2050.
6. Require strong methane pollution limits for new and existing oil and gas operations.
7. Protect Americans from common toxic chemicals by enforcing bipartisan laws such as the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act.
8. Establish an office of environmental and climate justice at the Department of Justice to address how environmental policy decisions of the past have failed communities of color.
9. Enhance reforestation and develop renewable energy on federal lands and water, with a goal of doubling offshore wind by 2050.
10. Protect biodiversity by conserving more of America’s lands and waters by 2030.
[Image from “EDF Action’s Mission“]