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Why a climate vote for Biden means the Earth

Posted on 8 October 2020 by Guest Author

Voting is always one of the most powerful things we can do to fight climate change. Even so, sometimes it can feel like a choice of the lesser of two evils. But Joe Biden's climate policy platform is potentially Earth changing, especially compared to Donald Trump's. So in 2020, the result of the US election could mean the world.

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  1. Good points, although I think it could have been stated a bit more simply.

    There is some evidence here that efforts to date with renewable energy and declining use of coal and better data on actual remaining coal reserves mean we have already stopped the most extreme and destructive warming scenario of RCP 8.5 (5 - 6 degrees c). Of course we still have a huge problem at lower warming rates, even at 2 degrees, but the point its not too late to  make a difference.

    I think Biden is pushing a credible plan to keep warming under 2 degrees. He doesn't come across as a huge self promoting ego, he listens to experts, hes rational, hes not a rigid thinker, and his spending plan on renewable energy projects is probably the best political option in a country that is very suspicious of taxes.

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  2. "Tax" has been turned into a dirty word which we should remember started as "bill for services rendered."

    "This contractor wants to tax me for paving my driveway! Never!" So let the driveway erode to become a gully. Etc. 

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  3. doug_bostrom @2, I agree and for the record Im definitely not an anti tax zealot, which can be seen in my comment on this page (nigelmjo). 

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