In a major move, the United States has officially rejoined the Paris Agreement on climate change. The decision, which was made by President Biden on his first day in office, marks a significant shift in the country`s position on climate change.
The Paris Agreement was signed in 2015 by nearly 200 countries, with the aim of limiting global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, and pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius. It also aims to strengthen the ability of countries to deal with the impacts of climate change, and provide financial and technical support to developing countries.
The US was a key player in negotiations leading up to the agreement, but under the Trump administration, it withdrew from the agreement in 2017, claiming that it would hurt the economy and put American workers at a disadvantage. This move was widely criticized by environmentalists and leaders around the world, who saw it as a major setback for global efforts to tackle climate change.
However, with the Biden administration taking office, the US has once again become a member of the Paris Agreement. This is a significant step in the fight against climate change, as the US is one of the world`s largest emitters of greenhouse gases. Its absence from the agreement was seen as a major obstacle to achieving the goals of the agreement, as other countries faced increased pressure to make up for the US`s shortfall in emissions reductions.
The US`s re-entry into the agreement is also expected to have significant implications for the global energy industry. With the US committed to reducing emissions and shifting towards cleaner energy sources, other countries are likely to follow suit, driving demand for renewable energy technologies and accelerating the transition away from fossil fuels.
Overall, the US`s decision to rejoin the Paris Agreement is a positive development in the fight against climate change. It helps to restore global unity on the issue, and sends a clear signal to other countries that the US is committed to leading the fight against climate change. With continued efforts and collaboration, we may yet be able to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement and prevent catastrophic climate change.