The upcoming nuclear summer due to new Cold War between US and China 

The upcoming nuclear summer due to new Cold War between US and China 

President Joe Biden gave a statement in his 2024 State of Union Address, He stated: “I want competition with China, not conflict.” He further highlighted that the US is now in a situation where it can face the challenges of the 21st century. He further suggested that the country is poised to prevail over China in key areas. 

Though the U.S. isn’t engaged in a physical war, Biden’s words hint at a potential confrontation. This indirectly refers to the climate crisis that gives the sign of a new cold war between China and the US. By framing climate policies as a rivalry, Biden’s approach could spell trouble for global efforts to address climate change collaboratively.

According to Joe Biden remarks about the conflict the struggle is already underway, and his blending of climate and foreign policy shows how interconnected they have become. In United State history the Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act represents the largest investment in climate change mitigation. 

It also aims to shield American workers in a trade war with China. On the other hand the bill focuses on domestic green energy production and manufacturing to support sustainability, its primary objective is to “advance America’s economic and foreign policy interests.”  After the bill’s passing the US has been working to boost domestic manufacturing. This can be done by investing in green technologies, and saving the workers of the nation from competition with China’s efficiency. 

Recently, Biden threatened to triple tariffs on Chinese steel and aluminum imports, while his treasury secretary described China’s surplus of green energy exports as “unacceptable from the U.S. perspective.” In this emerging Climate Cold War, the focus seems to be on American economic gains, potentially at the expense of global cooperation.

I’m 19 years old, and I’m deeply concerned about the direction we’re headed regarding climate change. I don’t want my future to be shaped by a new Climate Cold War, with endless debates over marginal technological advancements and market-driven solutions. I worry about green energy becoming another weapon for profit and about American industry taking precedence over genuine global climate action. It makes me question what price America is willing to pay for a livable climate, why the rest of the world doesn’t get a proper say, and why we’re always talking about cost.

Behind global warming the 2 nations are on the top of the list: US and China. But it is also important to note that climate change effects are universal and impact on every corner of the planet. In order to get solutions the involvement of everybody is necessary not just politicians and industry leaders from these two countries. 

The real culprits are the corporations that continue to drive global warming and the structures that keep us reliant on fossil fuels.

A new Cold War, pitting the U.S. against China, would only divide the world further. The original Cold War was a clash between capitalism and communism, but today’s challenge is different. Climate change isn’t about ideology; it’s about unchecked extraction and unsustainable production. 

The same governments and corporations that profited from the old Cold War’s military-industrial complex are poised to benefit from a new one. Meanwhile, the poorest nations and people, those least responsible for climate change but most affected by it, will be left to pick up the pieces in a world torn apart by trade wars and environmental crises.

It is important to move beyond the idea of the Cold War and work towards global cooperation. The key is to recognize that neither China nor climate change is the enemy; it’s the corporate interests that put profit over the planet. It’s time to focus on equitable solutions that address the real causes of climate change, acknowledging that the stakes are too high to let political and economic rivalries dictate our response.

The long lasting impact of the Cold War grappled the people from all across the world, with many regions that experienced American intervention particularly susceptible to climate change.

Afghanistan, destabilized by decades of U.S. interference, is now enduring its most severe droughts yet. Similarly, Vietnam, heavily damaged by the Vietnam War, faces a growing threat from coastal flooding and severe tropical storms. 

The sea level complication in Grenada is on top and they are struggling to cope up with the situation. Also other problems like environmental degradation  and frequent hurricanes are on top due to limited resources. 

If we don’t address these ongoing inequalities, a new Cold War will only worsen the situation, leaving the world not just more divided but also significantly warmer.

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