Research & Investment Strategy

How can President Biden tackle Climate Change?

Key points

  • President Joe Biden has pledged to return the US to the top-tier of nations attempting to mitigate climate change
  • Though elected with the second-most popular vote in three decades, Biden’s majorities in Congress are slim. This presents difficulties in passing primary climate legislation, unless more extreme measures are taken
  • The administration may also find it more challenging to tighten regulations regarding emissions than before
  • Biden can play an important role in highlighting the scientific facts which illustrate the need for more action - as well as some of the solutions on offer
  • US public opinion is firmly in favour of the Federal government taking more action – two-thirds think more should be done, including a majority of liberal and younger Republicans
  • A rich community of sub-national actors have already committed to significant actions to reduce greenhouse gases. This alone however is unlikely to be enough

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