President Joe Biden's focus on climate change makes America weaker in the world, argues Augustus Howard of the New York Post. His rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement gives China a massive advantage, as it continues to increase carbon emissions while the US decreases them, at great economic cost. Canceling the Keystone XL pipeline destroyed jobs and energy security, further undermining American might. Addressing climate change should happen in ways that don't hamper US wealth, while strengthening its enemies. Imposing harsh climate regulations on itself, while other countries continue to pollute and enrich themselves is simply nonsensical.
The leaders of the world's richest nations are failing humanity by not pursuing greener policies, writes Grea Thunberg in Medium. The planet already stares a climate crisis in the face but very little meaningful action has been taken to avoid this. The year 2021 is set to see the second-highest rise in emissions ever. Many leaders have spent the past few years refining their rhetoric on climate change while opening more coal mines, pipelines and oil fields. They prefer to play politics and further their careers while ignoring their people's desire for a healthier planet. If things continue like this, the damage will only multiply. Strong action is needed yesterday.