Will President Biden’s support for federal level climate action likely help the United States return to credible climate leadership or the ambitious climate proposals are likely to fade to find common ground? This paper analyzes how the bipartisan infrastructure framework compares with the American Jobs Plan in terms of climate priorities; explores how new climate targets for the next decade compare across wealthy industrialized nations; and offers a perspective on climate action potentials of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to help the U.S. return to genuine climate leadership at a global stage.
Serena Alexander is an Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning and Director of Urban Online at San José State University. Her research predominantly focuses on developing and implementing cutting-edge strategies to address climate change and climate justice. Examples of her recent work include harnessing the greenhouse gas emissions and mobility equity potential of autonomous vehicles and on-demand mobility, and harmonizing climate change mitigation and adaptation in transportation and land-use planning. Dr. Alexander has published several peer-reviewed journal articles and technical reports and presented her research at national and international conferences. She is currently establishing the American Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) and Association of European Schools of Planning (ASOP) collaboration platform focusing on climate justice and best practices of climate action planning. Before joining the SJSU faculty, Dr. Alexander conducted community economic development and environmental policy research at the Center for Economic Development and the Great Lakes Environmental Finance Center at Cleveland State University, where she also received her doctorate in Urban Studies (Specialization in Urban Policy and Development). She holds master’s degrees in Urban and Regional Planning from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and Architecture from Azad University of Tehran.