Can President Biden act quickly enough to prevent the worst effects of climate change?

A woman at a climate rally holds a sign saying, “Be a part of the solution, not part of the pollution.” Photo by Wallpaperflare.com

Climate Change is one of the biggest existential threats, requiring immediate changes to avert the most dire predictions that come with a warming planet.

President Biden has outlined some aggressive ideas for how he wants to tackle the climate crisis. He said last month when nominating the new EPA director, “We can put millions of Americans to work modernizing water, transportation and energy infrastructure to withstand the impacts of extreme weather. When we think about renewable energy, we see American manufacturers, American workers, racing to lead the global market.”

Already Biden has signed executive orders returning the U.S. to the Paris Climate Accord and shutting down the Keystone XL Pipeline. But undoing the former administration’s environmental rollbacks could take years. And to pass his own plans, Biden will need cooperation from Congress.

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Guest:
Juliet Eilperin - senior national affairs correspondent for The Washington Post - @eilperin

Host:
Madeleine Brand

Producers:
Sarah Sweeney, Angie Perrin, Michell Eloy, Amy Ta, Rosalie Atkinson, Brian Hardzinski, Bennett Purser