Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Biden ramps up climate efforts, pushes for more at UN summit

GLASGO, Scotland (AP) – President Joe Biden was the focus of his fight for rapid, concrete action against global warming On Monday, from the US Congress to the world, the United Nations summit appealed to global leaders to commit to the kinds of major climate measures that he is still working to nail at home.

Speaking to world leaders at the newly opened climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, Biden outlined plans to ramp up his yet-old administration’s climate efforts and announce new climate initiatives, with billions of dollars expected as well. Includes laws to help poor communities abroad. To deal with the climate damage already on-going.

Getting back to pragmatic diplomacy with allies abroad this week after the return of the Trump administrationBiden is “showing America’s power” on the eve of the arrival of his climate summit.

The Glasgow summit is often considered essential to establish the historic 2015 Paris climate agreement In action.

But Biden and his administration face obstacles in prompting the United States and other countries to act fast enough on the climate, such as at home abroad. For the summit, the administration has worked hard to downplay hopes that the two-week talks involving more than 100 world leaders will lead to major breakthroughs in cutting climate-damaging emissions.

Instead of a quick fix, “Glasgow is the start of the race of this decade, if you will,” Biden’s climate envoy, John Kerrytold reporters on Sunday.

As the summit begins, the United States is still struggling to get some of the world’s biggest climate polluters – China, Russia and India – with the US and its allies burning less coal, gas and oil and To join in strong vows to move. clean energy.

Kerry defended the outcome of the Group of 20 major economies summit on Sunday Which ended in Rome earlier that day. The G-20 meeting was supposed to build momentum for greater climate progress in Glasgow, and leaders at the Italy summit agreed on a range of measures, including a pledge to cut international subsidies for dirty-burning, coal-fired power plants. formalizing it. .

Biden also praised a separate US-EU steel deal announced on Sunday as an opportunity to curb imports of “dirty” Chinese steel made from coal power. It is another step toward potentially using Western markets to persuade China, the world’s top climate polluter, to reduce its enthusiasm for coal power.

But G-20 leaders offered more vague pledges than commitments of resolute action, saying they would seek carbon neutrality “by or around mid-century”.

Major polluters, including China and Russia, have made clear they had no immediate intention to follow the US and its European and Asian allies to zero all fossil fuel pollution by 2050. Scientists say drastic reductions in fossil fuel pollution are essential to any hope. To keep global warming at or below the limits set out in the Paris Climate Agreement.

Experts say the world is currently heading towards a level of warming that will melt most of the planet’s ice, raise global sea levels and increase the likelihood and intensity of extreme weather.

Biden told reporters on Sunday night that he personally found the outcome of the Rome summit “disappointing”, which counters the positive assessments of his colleagues. And they put the blame on two of America’s rivals

“The disappointment is related to the fact that Russia, and … not only Russia but China basically didn’t show up in terms of any commitment to tackle climate change,” Biden said.

The Biden administration on Monday released its strategy to turn talks a reality into turning America into a fully clean energy nation by 2050. The long-term plan, filed in compliance with the Paris Agreement, sees the United States increasingly running on wind, solar and other clean energy, American moving to electric vehicles and mass transit, cutting-edge technology and wide open spaces. carefully protected to absorb carbon dioxide from

The Biden administration has been successful in more than 10 months of diplomacy leading up to the Glasgow summit, helping it win important new climate pledges from allies. This includes persuading a number of foreign governments to set more ambitious targets for emissions reductions, a powerful climate mitigation, promoting a global pledge to cut emissions of methane, and asking major economies to finance coal energy overseas. Contains promise to end nutrition.

European leaders make clear they are happy to see Biden and the US back in the climate effort after his predecessor Donald Trump patted his back on the Paris Agreement And on allies in general. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen smiled at Biden during Sunday’s steel deal announcement, calling him “Dear Joe”.

Neither Russian President Vladimir Putin nor Chinese President Xi Jinping are attending the Glasgow summit, although they are sending senior officials. His and India’s refusal to cut its reliance on coal and petroleum threatens to thwart hopes of reaching the target cuts set out in the Paris climate agreement.

Under Xi, China has firmed up commitments to cut emissions, but at a slower pace than the US encourages.

Biden arrives at international climate summit with fate of his own climate package Biden’s objections to the holdouts within his Democratic party, still precarious in Congress, have forced him to back down from a bill that would have called for the United States to move away from coal and natural gas and to clean energy to generate electricity. would be inspired.

However, climate measures worth hundreds of billions of dollars remain in Biden’s package before Congress.

On the climate “the biggest investment in the history of the world,” Biden told reporters on Sunday. “And it’s about to pass.”

While an opening ceremony in Glasgow on Sunday formally kicked off climate talks, the more anticipated launch comes on Monday, when Biden and other leaders are trying their best to curb emissions and tackle growing damages from climate change. Gather to complete.

Biden will also attend a climate event on “action and solidarity” on Monday and meet on the sidelines of a summit with Indonesian President Joko Widodo.


Miller reported from Rome.


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