As President Biden sent a message to the world on his first day in office by signing an executive order for the United States to re-join the Paris Climate Agreement, a political economist at Edge Hill highlights the importance of the symbolic move. 

Only hours after being sworn in as the 46th president of the United States, Joe Biden’s first actions in the Oval Office included re-affirming the nation’s commitment to the largest international effort to curb climate change. 

The US, the world’s second highest carbon emitter, officially withdrew from the Paris accord to limit climate-warming greenhouse gas emissions last year, after Donald Trump began the process in 2017. 

International political economist, Christopher Dent, is a Professor in Economics and International Business at Edge Hill University and leader of SustainNET. 

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