John Kerry, the Biden Administration special envoy on climate, said this week that we have until the year 2030 to avert a global climate crisis. Speaking at the Munich Security Conference, Kerry said that “Around 2030 is the date at which we have to get the world now on the right path to cap the level of warming at the level of 1.5 [degrees Celsius].” He also said “The scientists told us three years ago that we had twelve years to avert the worst consequences of the climate crisis. We are now three years gone, so we have nine years left.”
Kerry also used this week’s massive snowstorm as evidence of climate change. He noted that while most people associate climate change with global warming, climate change affects all weather patterns. Winter Storm Uri brought unprecedented cold and snowfall across the country. Dallas, Texas, for example, experienced a record low of -2 degrees Fahrenheit, the coldest temperature in over 30 years.
The Biden Administration has taken an aggressive stance toward climate change and is expected to reimplement many Obama-era regulations regarding climate that former President Donald Trump rolled back. Biden already signed an executive order rejoining the Paris Climate Accord and is expected to release a new set of emissions-related goals before Earth Day in April. The Biden Administration has a goal of getting the U.S. to net-zero emissions by 2050.