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Prof. Aseem Prakash on Forbes, "Here’s Why Domestic Politics Shaped Biden’s Climate Summit Agenda"

Submitted by Stephen Dunne on April 29, 2021 - 12:21pm

Prof. Aseem Prakash and colleague Prof. Nives Dolšak on the Forbes news site discussing why U.S. domestic policy is shaping the Biden Administration's agenda for the recent climate summit.

The Biden Administration needs the support of senators such as Manchin of West Virginia, coal county. Transition away from coal and "decarbonization" will have to convince areas dependent on the revenue from fossil fuel extraction, "... new investments would be needed for public services, such as schools, which will get defunded as the fossil fuel economy declines."

"Biden is wise to pay close attention to domestic political realities. He has a narrow window to pass climate legislation. If history is any guide, Republicans will probably take back the House in 2022...Biden probably has 18 months to change the climate policy trajectory. Can he mobilize support in the House and the Senate to do it?"

Please link here for the full article.