By Karen Savage
In a nod to climate liability suits, former Vice President Joe Biden pledged Tuesday that his administration will “hold corporations and executives personally liable for pollution.”
During a virtual event hosted by the League of Conservation Voters, Biden said as president, he would also rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement and he also supports taxing imports from countries that fail to meet their emissions goals.
“Science demands we do more than we even thought we had to do when the accord was passed,” Biden said.
During the Democratic primaries, Biden was far from the most outspoken candidate on climate issues. Sen. Bernie Sanders went the furthest on holding the oil industry accountable, calling for prosecuting those who willfully obstructed climate action. But Biden has strengthened his stance since becoming the presumptive nominee, pulling Sanders supporters into his climate platform team, including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sunrise Movement co-founder Varshini Parkash.