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AirTalk | Audio: What President Biden’s Climate Change Plan Means For Climate Science, Policymakers & More

Written by Mamie M. Arndt
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Last week, President Biden’s administration began implementing a new climate change approach, one which includes rejoining international climate policies and investing in renewable energy.

The plan takes into consideration science-based policy, as well as economic and social components like jobs and human health. Biden’s plan proposes a public investment in clean energy that could help to create 10 million jobs, particularly for workers displaced by the fossil fuel industry. The plan’s messaging mirrors an approach that many states have used in the past two decades to push climate policy by connecting it to energy independence and economic development. But Biden’s plan is also heavily centered on environmental justice and the social repercussions of climate change, a departure from past presidential language on climate change. How effective do climate scientists think these policies will be, and what might the economics of Biden’s plan look like?

Today on AirTalk, we’re learning more about President Biden’s climate plan, the economics of it, and what climate scientists hope to see from a Biden presidency. Questions? Give us a call at 866-893-5722.


Michael Méndez, assistant professor of environmental planning and policy at the University of California, Irvine and author of “Climate Change from the Streets: How Conflict and Collaboration Strengthen the Environmental Justice Movement” (Yale University Press, 2020); @mamendezPhD

Bjorn Lomborg, president of the Copenhagen Consensus Center, a think tank that advises policymakers and philanthropists on spending and the author of “False Alarm: How Climate Change Panic Costs Us Trillions, Hurts the Poor, and Fails to Fix the Planet” (Basic Books, 2020); he tweets @BjornLomborg

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Mamie M. Arndt