Vice President Joseph R. Biden told environmental activists at the Sunday “Green Ball” inaugural event that the White House would not fail to enact climate change policy.
“Keep the faith,” he said, according to a Politico report. This administration will compel the nation to “finally face up to climate change,” he added.
Mr. Biden did not specify what policy changes were on the way. But he’s been a consistent voice in the call for tightened regulations, in line with U.N. agenda. In 2007, then-Sen. Biden called for the Bush administration to abide the guidelines of an IPCC report to control emission levels of carbon dioxide and other perceived greenhouse gas polluters, saying “we have wasted the past six years on the sidelines of international negotiations and our leadership is needed to produce a global solution,” according to a Council on Foreign Relations biographical sketch on Mr. Biden.
In 2008, Mr. Biden introduced a bill to create a global fund for clean technology development, CFR continues. And in 2005, he sponsored the Clean Power Act, creating a cap-and-trade system for carbon dioxide.
Mr. Biden’s summary statement to ball-goers — which included the likes of outgoing Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Energy Secretary Steven Chu — was an echo of 2007.
“I don’t intend on ending this four years without getting an awful lot more done,” he said, according to Politico.