His senior environmental official stated that Joe Biden will not abandon climate change as the core of his legislative agenda, despite opposition from his party. Threatened to derail Important bills.
The Director of the Environmental Protection Agency, Michael Reagan, told the Financial Times that he believes that the President of the United States will not let his climate agenda be undermined by some moderate Democrats in Congress.
His comment came after the Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia warned that he found a reference to the elimination of fossil fuels in a draft text of a $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill “very, very disturbing.” “Posted later.
“The president has not given up on his ambitious agenda,” Reagan said. “We really hope that the president will be able to use all the tools in the toolbox-whether it is a bipartisan infrastructure framework, a’rebuild a better’ agenda, budget coordination, legislation and our regulations.”
He added that the infrastructure agreement being negotiated by Congress will include “historical investments in infrastructure and climate adaptation and mitigation strategies.”
Other climate policies, such as clean electricity standards that aim to help decarbonize electricity by 2035, will be Part of a separate budget bill, Reagan confirmed.
When Biden took office, he promised to put climate change at the center of his agenda.Earlier this year He set goals By 2030, reduce US greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50% from 2005 levels.
However, achieving these goals may require new legislation to promote green energy and reduce the attractiveness of fossil fuels. The chances of passing such laws through Congress may depend on a few Senate Democrats, such as Manchin, who has previously defended coal power and criticized Biden’s carbon targets as “too aggressive.”
As the head of the EPA, Reagan, who took office under Biden in March this year, played a central role in helping the United States reduce emissions through stricter pollution regulations enforced by his agency.
Reagan said that the EPA will announce new standards for vehicle emissions and regulations for heavy vehicles “in the coming weeks.”
Further regulations on methane, a potent greenhouse gas released during the production of oil and natural gas, will expire in September. “We will really promote deep emission reductions,” Reagan said, without revealing details.
In many cases, EPA is revoking decisions made by the Trump administration, which has relaxed hundreds of environmental regulations.
Reagan said: “We have studied all the rollbacks during the previous administration. Where there is no applied science, where the rule of law is not applied, we are reversing these decisions.”
He spoke before the G20 Environment Ministers Meeting in Naples on Thursday, which will be attended by the President’s special envoy, John Kerry, who urged cooperation.
“We are committed to being a strong global leader and partner,” Reagan said. “We are really happy to be able to reconnect with our global counterparts and do our part.”