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To build climate progress on time scales that matter, Biden should be Biden

By Andrew Revkin, January 12, 2021

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As he prepares to run what he calls a “presidency for all Americans,” President-Elect Joe Biden has had no shortage of advice on how to address the climate crisis, which he made a top-four issue in his campaign.

Biden’s Build Back Better transition plan already integrates the “whole of government” approach laid out by 150 former senior officials in the Climate 21 Project. This is essential, given how energy, public health, disaster management, and other critical facets of the climate challenge cross all boundaries. His team has also clearly drawn on the jobs-and-equity-focused components in a plan co-written by the youth-driven Sunrise Movement (a force behind the 2018 Green New Deal) and Justice Democrats (an organization building a progressive caucus in Congress).

As the coronavirus crisis shows, we need science now more than ever.

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