Guest essay by Eric Worrall
According to Michael Mann, President Trump has encouraged Australian leaders like Scott Morrison to be less ambitious about climate change. But why does Mann think Biden would make such a difference, given the Biden family's deep commitment to non-US fossil fuel giants like Burisma?
For Australia's sake, I hope Trump's climate science denialism will lose
Sat 17 Oct 2020 06.00 AEDT
US policy has encouraged Scott Morrison to be less ambitious about the climate when so much is at stake
Anyone in Australia who witnessed the Black Summer bushfires (like me) and anyone in the US who saw the thick smoke of our western forest fires (like me) knows how much damage climate change is already doing. The dire reality is that global efforts to avert increasingly catastrophic effects of climate change are balanced in the 2020 US elections.
Donald Trump will go down in history and bear significant responsibility for the deaths of over 200,000 Americans as he rejects the advice of public health experts and refuses to support measures such as social distancing and masking that could have saved many thousands of lives . But his rejection of the science of climate change creates the conditions for a far greater toll. If we don't act, far more lives will be lost to the effects of climate change.
Whether or not Trump will be re-elected – and how other countries like Australia will react to the US election result – could determine the fate of our planet. Indeed, I have found that a second Trump term could well be a "game for the climate" if it leads to the collapse of international action.
The damage caused by Trump's climate denial is painfully visible in the US as we endure extreme weather events caused by climate change, such as unprecedented forest fires in the west and unprecedented hurricanes in the east. But the damage can be felt all over the world. Trump proudly and shamelessly trumpeted his climate denialism on the global stage and spoke out against international climate efforts with petrostats like Russia, Saudi Arabia and Brazil.
In fact, Trump's actions have encouraged Australia to be less ambitious on the climate, too, said Prime Minister Scott Morrison, following Trump's example in promoting climate denial, indulging fossil fuel interests and blocking efforts to support a clean, renewable Energy transition.
Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/oct/17/for-australias-sake-i-hope-trumps-climate-science-denialism-loses
Despite Joe Biden's rhetoric on climate change, his son Hunter Biden has traveled the world doing business with Ukrainian gas giant Burisma, BHR (which appears to have invested in African mines) and a number of Chinese companies that knew what.
In my opinion, therefore, it could be argued that the Biden family has a significant personal commitment to companies in the petroleum and extractive industries.