A Biden victory could spur global climate action, but the US has much to prove
(Climate Home News, 12 Oct 2020) The US presidential election on 3 November is a critical moment for global climate action.
Joe Biden has promised to “lead a major diplomatic push” to raise countries’ climate ambition and put the US “back in the driver’s seat”. His opponent, Donald Trump, has repeatedly dismissed climate science.
With Biden consistently leading in national polls and Trump suffering from Covid-19, attention is turning to how that diplomatic push could look. At time of publication, analysis site FiveThirtyEight gave an 86% chance of a Biden victory.
If he wins the election, the Democratic candidate will still face a steep climb to present a credible climate strategy to the rest of the world.
Biden has committed to rejoin the Paris Agreement – which the US will formally leave on 4 November – on his first day in office and to “fully integrate climate change” into US foreign and national security strategies.