Prof. Aseem Prakash in Forbes, "Biden’s Climate Plan Needs To Do Better On The Concepts Of ‘Just Transition’ And ‘Critical Minerals’

Prof. Aseem Prakash and colleague Prof. Nives Dolšak comment in Forbes on former Vice President Joe Biden's climate plan.

Joe Biden released an ambitious climate plan early this week. Unlike the Green New Deal that covered issues such as healthcare, Biden’s plan focuses on climate issues only. Other factors contribute to greenhouse gas emissions as well, the plan outlines sectoral initiatives. The plan also targets the transportation sector. Biden’s plan has two major philosophical blindspots which we are concerned about: supporting communities that depend on fossil fuels and ensuring the supply of critical minerals that are important for the renewable sector.

Joe Biden has outlined a bold plan for decarbonization. He has adopted an excellent political frame of jobs and prosperity. But Biden needs to come up with solid solutions to address the issue of a “just transition” and a reliable supply chain to support the renewable industry.

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