Joe Biden says ‘no time to waste’ as climate team unveiled

Joe Biden says 'no time to waste' as climate team unveiled
Joe Biden said the US needed a "unified national response" to climate change. Source: Reuters
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Daily US Times: US President-elect Joe Biden, who is set to be inaugurated on 20 January, has introduced his climate team, saying they will lead an “ambitious plan” to combat climate change.

Mr Biden has vowed to make the climate change issue a top priority in an agenda that reverses many of the current administration’s policies.

Biden said there was “no time to waste”.

If confirmed by the Senate, the team will include the first Native American cabinet member and the first black man to run the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Mr Biden has pledged to build a diverse administration that reflects the US.

“We’re in a crisis. Just like we need to be a unified nation to respond to Covid-19, we need a unified national response to climate change,” he said.

The Democrat has pledged to break away from climate policy under the Trump administration. He says he will re-join the Paris climate agreement immediately after taking the White House and “put America back in the business of leading the world on climate change”.

Under President Donald Trump, the United States this year became the first country to formally withdraw from the Paris agreement, which commits countries to working to limit the global temperature rise.

The President-elect described his picks for his new climate team as “brilliant, qualified and tested, and barrier-busting”.

Obama administration official and Environmental lawyer Brenda Mallory was nominated to run the Council on Environmental Quality. She would be the first African American to hold the position, if confirmed.

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