TheThe good news is rare enough at the front of the fight against global warming for us to appreciate the true value of the content of the law that the U.S. Congress will finally adopt and President Joe Biden will begin, perhaps, starting Friday, August 12, after the decisive green light from the Senate. The measures adopted in a broad plan to combat inflation, a preoccupation of American citizens in the middle of summer, are indeed the most ambitious measures in favor of clean energies voted upon by elected officials in the United States. It allows Washington to reconnect, after a very long arc, to the voluntary outlined in key laws in favor of the environment adopted in 1970 (the Clean Air Act) and 1972 (the Clean Water Act).
In particular, the text provides for nearly 370 billion dollars (more than 360 billion euros) for massive efforts to transition to electric vehicles, to less polluting agriculture, and to a strategic fight against methane emissions associated with the production of hydrocarbons, particularly oil shale. Gas and oil. And it will put the United States back on track after the lost mandate, that of Donald Trump, during which the former president withdrew his country from the Paris climate agreement.
He defended without nuances the “extractive” that endangers the planet today, and the businessman was not satisfied with this coup. He conscientiously used his powers to dismantle a large portion of federal regulations in the interest of the environment. The Republican Party has been lauded, despite the devastation climate change has already wreaked on the country. The June Supreme Court ruling, which ties the EPA’s hands on regulating greenhouse gas emissions, reminds us that there is nothing to expect on this matter from the conservative camp, which dominates the highest judicial body in the United States. like never before.
Admittedly, the plan espoused by the shortest majority in the Senate is far more modest than the initial ambitions offered by Joe Biden. For an indispensable vote for a pro-fossil-fuel Democratic senator, it also contains measures in their favour. The Democratic camp had no alternative hoping to maintain the US president’s commitment to reduce his country’s greenhouse gas emissions by 50% to 52% by 2030, compared to 2005.
Going forward, as necessitated by the accelerating deterioration of the environment, this plan, which is based on tax incentives rather than coercion, must fulfill an additional unspecified task. Contribute to the real cultural revolution that the United States badly needs. Building on the myth of inexhaustible resources, they must now question which lifestyles are becoming unsustainable. This revolution is delicate because it affects what has become part of American identity, but it is nonetheless essential.
The success of the Democratic camp, which he added to others they have had in recent weeks, could put it in a better position for the November midterm elections. The latter would be synonymous with the return of stalemate in terms of climate in the case of the Republican wave.