The President on Monday called for Congress to address the impacts of climate change and urged the federal government to prepare to adapt to climate change as the world’s nations grapple with it.
Speaking at a press conference at the White House, Biden said that the United States must take action now to stop the rapid rise in global temperatures and called for a global solution to the problem.
“We need a world that is willing to make the sacrifices, and that’s the first thing I’ll say,” Biden said, referring to his plan to address climate change.
Biden said he would be the first president to speak out about climate change because it is the most important national security issue facing our country.
“If you’re going to fight the battle of climate, if you’re willing to take that risk, it is imperative that we take that opportunity to speak about it,” Biden added.
Bidens plan calls for action on carbon dioxide emissions by 2030Biden is the latest in a series of top Democrats to call for the U.S. to take urgent action to curb emissions.
In June, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called on President Donald Trump to take action on climate change, saying he would work with him to push the U of S. to cut emissions by 50 percent by 2025.
In the weeks since, Biden has called for the government to commit to the goal of reducing emissions by 25 percent by 2030, and has advocated for the United Nations to set ambitious emission targets.
In September, he called on Congress to create a federal climate task force to investigate climate change’s effects on human health.
Earlier this month, Biden signed an executive order directing the Department of Homeland Security to establish an independent commission to address rising seas, flooding, extreme weather and other issues.