Monday, December 6, 2021

Kerry: US is working to find common ground with Russia and China on climate issues

GLASGOW, Scotland. US Climate Envoy John Kerry said US climate negotiators are conducting meaningful talks with their Russian and Chinese counterparts at the UN summit in Glasgow, Scotland.

This is despite the fact that Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping have missed the current rounds of climate talks by world leaders, a decision that angered US President Joe Biden when he attended a few days ago.

Kerry told reporters he was late for Friday’s press conference because Americans were discussing with Russian officials at the summit on efforts to reduce pollution from methane, a powerful climate-damaging gas.

“We talked about how we can fight methane, maybe work together,” Kerry said of the Russians.

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“And we are meeting with China here, and we have been talking for several days, trying to find out if there is a common ground to try and move forward,” Kerry said. “There is a sense of urgency.”

Biden last weekend accused Xi and Putin of Xi and Putin not “showing up” due to a lack of further progress in the G-20 climate discussions ahead of the summit. China is currently the world’s largest source of climate-damaging fossil fuels, with the United States in second place and Russia in the top five.

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