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Is Biden's plan to rejoin the Paris Agreement and WHO right?

 
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Nov 16 05:18 pm

Bill (No)

Biden's plan to rejoin the Paris Agreement and the WHO is ill-conceived. The Paris Agreement has many flaws, including the fact that it's overly generous to budding superpowers like China and India (enabling them to build their energy capacity) at the US's expense. The agreement requires the US to subsidize China and India while voluntarily exiting major energy industries at the cost of thousands of jobs with an estimated negative economic impact of $2.5 trillion on the US economy.

Even worse, the stated climate goals of the Paris Agreement are unenforceable and likely unachievable. Energy production in developing countries will continue unabated with an estimated 2,440 new coal-fired power plants by 2030. The target carbon emissions reductions are voluntary and non-binding, so there are no penalties for non-compliance with the guidelines. MIT scientists project 'the Paris Agreement would avert a mere 0.2 degrees Celsius of warming by the year 2100,' a negligible change that would take 80 years to achieve. 

Biden's plan to rejoin the WHO is equally wrong-headed. The WHO is a corrupt, bureaucratic organization with an annual budget in excess of $2.4 billion and fueled by a pro-vaccine agenda. Vaccines are big business (2020 estimated revenues rise above $59 billion). Through its partnership in a global vaccine development initiative called COVAX, the WHO has a vested interest in convincing the public that vaccines are the only remedy to stopping the spread of a virus or disease. However, vaccines are known to cause a variety of harm, including injecting neurotoxic materials like mercury, producing allergic reactions, and developing an autoimmune response (triggering antibodies that attack the body's own tissues). Trump's maneuver away from these things was right for America and should not be reversed.

 

Tyler (Yes)

Joe Biden's decision to rejoin the Paris Agreement and the WHO upon his election-win prospects shows he is leading the US down the right path. Both of these decisions were made in our country's best interest and will prove to be beneficial in the long run. According to the worldwide Climate Action Tracker, Biden's climate change plan, particularly his choice to rejoin the Paris Agreement, will put the sought-after global warming temperature of 1.5 C 'within striking distance.' If executed, Biden's plan to reach net-zero emissions by 2050, when paired with the plans presented by Japan, the EU, and South Korea, would have a monumental impact in completely reducing greenhouse gas emissions. It's clear re-entering the Paris Agreement is a step in the right direction towards addressing climate change. 

Likewise, by rejoining the WHO, the US will be more informed and able to both offer and receive additional assistance from other countries in combating the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Greg Gonsalves of the Yale School of Public Health stated, 'The pandemic is a global event and we have one global health agency. It's not perfect, but there is only one health body that has credibility across the planet and that's the WHO'. The United States currently has the world's highest amount of COVID cases with just over 10 million. Rejoining the WHO will provide the structure that the United States desperately needs. Rejoining the Paris Agreement will emphasize the dilemma of climate change that was once ignored by President Trump. Instead of denying science, we will be able to work toward preserving the environment for the coming generations.

Fact Box

  • In the first 100 days, the prospective President-elect Biden plans to create a coronavirus task force, work on a vaccine distribution plan, raise corporate income taxes to 28%, re-enter the Paris accords, increase police reform, and many other policy changes. 
  • The Paris Climate Agreement is a monumental pact created in 2015 to fight climate change; 197 countries joined the accord to limit the temperature increase to 2 degrees Celsius around the globe.
  • In 1948, the World Health Organization was established for “the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health.”
  • On June 1, 2017, President Trump announced the United States’ removal from the Paris Accords saying, “the US will cease all implementation of the non-binding Paris Accord and the draconian financial and economic burdens the agreement imposes on our country.” 
  • On May 29, 2020, in response to the coronavirus pandemic, President Trump announced the US’s withdrawal from WHO.

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