Joe Biden's Options To Combat Climate Change

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President-elect biden says contending with the pandemic will be his priority when he takes office in january but another global crisis is before the world climate change and experts say time is running out gene mccarthy served as administrator of the environmental protection agency under president obama and join just now. Thanks so much for being with us. Thank you scott. It's great to be here assuming Swimming there's going to be divided power in washington. What critical climate policies. Do you believe. President biden should use executive authority to to get through first of all. I think he's already made it clear that he's going to re enter the paris accord right away and of course then you have opportunities to establish standards like standards for power plant emissions these looking for clean energy in this country by twenty thirty five so that needs to get moving and we can you know basically at my beloved epa. Make sure that people are in place that cam more about the public than they do themselves and that can can once again do their job to protect the american people. Progressive groups have called for a transition an administration that doesn't include any people with connections to the fossil fuel industry. Does that strike you as wise or does it risk losing some talented people who know how to make and government run you know. I think that it's it's very understandable. That people are worried that they do everything possible not to allow the kind of of appointments that president trump put into place which was all fossil fuel people. And it's gotten us nowhere fast. It even missed the boat on jobs because clean energy was was moving forward at over three times the pace of the overall economy in terms of job growth else but if at one point let's say representative fossil fuel industry of them company or later far as you're concerned that would be enough to take them out of consideration. No i don't think i need to hold. The hod infest line like that scott. I think there are many lawyers. That would be solid in those positions. But i clearly trust the judgment of joe biden and his administration to have the best people in place are working at the best interest of the country Prenton biden says of course it to rejoin the paris agreement on on day. One in office that the. Us didn't meet promises it had already. How would how would it do it now. I feel very strongly that even though there has been a lack of effort on the issue of climate change at the federal level that we have you know twenty nine states that have clean energy standards. We have three hundred plus cities that have taken the pledge to meet the climate accord clean energy still remains the growth opportunity for us Given the size of the greenhouse gas emissions we omit we certainly have a an obligation to jump back in with both feet with a little bit of deference to all our co Who have been holding the ford candidates to deny or discount. Climate change won millions of votes in this last election. How does a president biden proposed to get through an ambitious program with that kind of congress. You know. I think what i would suggest. Is that people want jobs. People want fairness people. Want to be healthy and i think the more we can show the value of clean energy even in your pocket books then. People will be much less afraid to recognize that climate change is happening and they'll start demanding that folks on the hill start acting like they do which is to face reality and to make the kind of change we need. They don't have to be coded as climate change. Initiatives they can be initiatives that grow jobs and grow the economy gina mccarthy former administrator of the epa now ceo of the natural resources defense council. Thank you so much for being with

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