Former Vice President Al Gore has said President-elect Joe Biden will offer the country a chance to regain “world leadership” on issues such as climate change after President Donald Trump’s “four years in the back seat”.
In Op-ed The New York Times on Saturday, Gore criticized Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, accusing the outgoing president of overseeing a “massive failure” during the coronavirus epidemic, and stating that “bitter divisions have been discovered and armed in recent years.”
Gore made a more optimistic comment on climate change and the future of the United States under Biden’s leadership, despite being called the “monumental” challenges we face.
“What lies ahead is the opportunity to create a fairer and more just way of life for all of humanity,” he wrote. “This potential new beginning comes at a rare moment when it is possible to break the stifling of the past in the future, when the trajectory of history may be changed by what we choose with a new vision.”
President Trump announced in June 2017 that the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris Agreement, which aims to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions, but under UN rules, it can only leave on November 4 – the day after the U.S. election. President-elect Biden said he would join the convention as soon as possible.
Written on the fifth anniversary of the deal, Gore said Biden could lead a “unified global effort.”
“Slowing down the planet’s rapid warming requires a unified global effort,” he said.
“Mr Biden can lead by reaffirming the country’s commitment to reducing emissions under the Paris Agreement – which the country is ready to do thanks to the work of cities, states, businesses and investors that are steadily advancing administration despite Trump’s resistance.”
A 2018 report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warned that the world will face coastal floods and droughts if greenhouse gas emissions do not fall by 45% by 2030 and by 100% by 2050.
Referring to the report, Gore said world leaders, including the EU, China, Japan, South Korea and the UK, had new commitments to reduce fossil fuel use and scientific breakthroughs in renewable energy offered an opportunity to “build more fairly”. . and a fair lifestyle. “
In the operation, which took place exactly 20 years after Gore authorized the 2000 presidential race for George W. Bush, the former vice president wrote: “Rapid phasing out of carbon pollution will require functional democracies.
“By casting a majority of the Electoral College’s votes to Mr Biden on Monday and then inaugurating, we will begin to rebuild America, as this country is best placed to lead the world in resolving the climate crisis.
“To do this, instead of promoting our resources, we must address our shortcomings immediately. This, and this in itself, can restore the United States to regain the respect of other nations and restore their confidence in America as a trusted partner in the great country.
Those challenges include the coronavirus epidemic, which he says could be overcome after U.S. regulators approved Pfizer’s vaccine for emergency use on Friday.
With such rapid development of vaccination, Gore added, “it must put an end to the coordinated challenges of facts and science that threatened to undermine reason as a basis for decision-making.”
But he warned that climate change is “an even more life-threatening battle … with consequences that can be measured not only in months and years, but also in centuries and millennia.”
Finally, “Like an epidemic, knowledge will be our salvation, but in order to succeed, we must learn to work together so that we do not perish together.”
The inauguration of President-elect Biden is scheduled for January 20th.