Former vice president and current 2020 Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden promised that, if he is elected, the United States will no longer be a laughingstock on the world stage when it comes to climate change.
Biden slammed Trump for looking weak during the recent G7 summit in France, particularly when it came to dealing with the environmental crisis facing the world.
“There is no leadership,” the former VP said during a CNN town hall on climate change. “I know almost every one of these world leaders. If I had been president today, I would have at the G7 made sure this became the topic. There would be no empty chair.”
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What he did by removing the United States as the leader of the Paris climate accord, he in fact dissipated the enthusiasm across the board. The rest of the countries are saying, ‘Whoa, wait a minute. Why are we engaged in this if the United States is stepping down?’ … As we have pulled out, there is no leadership. There is no leadership. I know almost every one of these world leaders. If I had been president today, I would have at the G7 made sure this became the topic. There would be no empty chair. I would be pulling the G7 together. I would be down with the president of Brazil saying enough is enough. This is what we’re going to do and this is what’s going to happen if you don’t do it. … The first thing I’d do as president of the United States is call a meeting of all the nations who signed onto the accord in Washington D.C. to up the ante because we have learned so much just in the last three years about the science of what has to happen quicker, and the world knows it. And we should be in a position where we generate support around the rest of the world, and those who don’t do their part, don’t participate, then, in fact, they face consequences.
Biden is respected around the globe, while Trump is a laughingstock
In big ways and small, Donald Trump has shown himself to be completely unfit to hold his office. Nowhere is that more clear than when he is standing on the world stage next to other leaders.
Whether or not you agree with Joe Biden on all of his policy positions, there is no question that he is respected and well-known by leaders all across the globe. Trump, on the other hand, has become an international embarrassment.
When it comes to solving the climate crisis, it’s going to take global cooperation. Having a statesman like Joe Biden at the table could go a long way in rallying the international community around solutions to combat the climate crisis.
Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as an Affordable Care Act Outreach Organizer in 2014, helping northeast Ohio residents obtain health insurance coverage.