- Nov 17, 2020 5:03 pm GMT
With control of the US Senate, the Republican party can derail much of US president-elect Joe Biden's transformative USD 2 trillion climate and energy plan. They might succeed in slowing the pace of the energy transition in the US, but less so beyond US borders - and the direction of travel is now irreversible.
Energy transition evangelists argue that the US can either lead from the front and reap the rewards, or lose further ground to global rivals in the race to control the green recovery. The Republicans will almost certainly thwart the most radical elements of Biden’s climate agenda and use his failings to portray him as a weak and ineffectual leader, as they plot their return to power.
If this plan works and Trumpists are victorious in 2024, they will inherit a nation that failed to fully reintegrate with the global ‘net zero’ consensus; one with outmoded energy infrastructure that is falling behind in the unstoppable global transition to a clean energy economy.