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Michael R. Bloomberg

Biden Shows He Gets It on Clean Energy

After years of federal inaction, he’s right to accelerate the timetable.

The time is now.

The time is now.

Photographer: Olivier Douliery/AFP/Getty Images

As governments gear up to spend vast sums to deal with the economic fallout from the coronavirus, the world has an unprecedented opportunity to land a big blow against climate change by investing in clean energy and green infrastructure. This week, the Democratic nominee for president showed he gets it.

Former vice president Joe Biden has drastically ratcheted up his ambition for the fight against climate change. Last year he envisioned an emissions-free power sector by 2050. Now he recognizes that the goal is achievable by 2035. As he explained Monday, “2050 is a million years from now in the minds of most people. My plan is focused on taking action now, this decade, in the 2020s.”