Guest essay by Eric Worrall
Scratch a climate activist, find one …; The Guardian writer Katharine Murphy dreams of the possibility that a Biden government would use America's economic power to dictate climate policy to the freely elected government of Australia and the rest of the world.
A Joe Biden win could push Scott Morrison – and the world – to climate change
Sat 31 Oct 2020 06.00 AEDT
International measures to reduce emissions will get a big shot in the arm when the US elections go to the Democratic leader
I am a deeply superstitious person so I can hardly bring myself to utter the words "if Joe Biden wins the American presidency next week," but for the purposes of where we go this weekend I need to pronounce those words because That is our starting point for unpacking a few things.
If Biden wins, it will obviously be the end of the Trump administration, which would be a boon on so many fronts. So many fronts. The Blessing Compendium would be many volumes and we don't have all weekend. So let's get down to one critical issue that affects Australia and that is climate change.
If we take the former Vice President at his word (and if you want a recent interview that goes into great detail, take a look here), a Biden win would be a massive shot in the arm for international emission reduction measures.
Let's go through this quickly. Biden will re-include America in the Paris Agreement. America will sign a net zero emissions pledge with an enforcement mechanism by 2050.
Assuming Biden wins (and although I know what the polls are saying, I'm really not convinced he'll – seriously, I'll only believe this when I see it) – but assuming he and them democratic machine can run the day against a demagogue and a digital ecosystem that floods the zone with misinformation and assumes he is fulfilling his pre-election commitments (which would be helped by the demagogue's withdrawal of the Senate) is the world in relation to climate protection measures in another territory.
A Biden win and the associated global reset would help.
It would help the people in the coalition who understand that things have to change, to work for change. On a political level, if Labor can stop beating its head after the elections, if it can manage to get its own climate history clear and keep the smug navel from looking at who loves workers and who like that A Biden Victory, useless as a vegan in a butcher shop, also provides an opportunity to put productive political pressure on the coalition.
Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/oct/31/a-joe-biden-victory-could-push-scott-morrison-and-the-world-on-climate- change
To hope that a politician in another country could restrict the freedom of her own Australian people to choose a climate policy course the Guardian dislikes – shame on your Guardian author Katharine Murphy.
But that is exactly what belief in the fake climate crisis does to people. Disaster is a morally slippery slope. Belief in the impending end of the world is a license to do the unthinkable.