Today, no matter where you are in the world, you must have read or heard about Joe Biden’s victory (or projected victory?) as the 46th President of the United States of America.
Without getting too much into politics, to me this translates also in the launch of a very bold plan for climate change, possibly the boldest of any other president in history so far. In fact, there is so much to read and follow through that I only hope he has enough time for all of it.
A Clean Energy Revolution
As mentioned in one of my previous posts, decarbonisation is a hot topic this year and probably will become even hotter in the next few years. The first thing that pops when you read the Biden agenda for Climate Change is the Clean Energy Revolution and how much in great need is the US to catch up on green technology especially in the electric and transportation sector. The Plan wants to ensure the U.S. achieves a 100% clean energy economy and reaches net-zero emissions no later than 2050 (yes you read that right).
What can the shipping industry expect?
Although the plan itself says little about the shipping industry, overall we could expect stricter rules on emissions, improved infrastructure (maybe an increase of ports with shore power availably that will eliminate any ship engine emissions), possibly even higher taxes for the least environmental friendly ships and federal incentives for the ones who are green technology oriented.
The Clean Air Act will be maintained and implemented but we should expect new fuel economy standards.
Voters and climate change
Polling among votes found that the economy, health, and the COVID-19 outbreak were far more important issues to voters than climate change.
Registered voters supporting Democratic candidate Joe Biden and Republican President Donald Trump have very different perspectives on the issue. Nearly seven-in-ten Biden voters (68%) say climate change is very important to their vote. By contrast, only 11% of Trump supporters say the same. In fact, climate change ranks last in importance for Trump supporters.
Will Joe Biden manage to achieve everything in the “Biden Plan” for climate change? We sure hope so. Right now is not just the US that needs an environmental revolution but the whole world. This cannot be achieved without the support of governments and people all the same. Bottom line, we have to have hope and see this plan being implemented and then we can discuss results.