Biden tells leaders US will meet climate goals, as his agenda falters at home
GLASGOW / WASHINGTON, Nov. 1 (Reuters) – President Joe Biden on Monday sought to assure world leaders that the United States will keep its promise to halve greenhouse gas emissions by the end of the decade , but a setback at home heightened uncertainty about his ability to follow.
Biden joined leaders from over 100 countries in Glasgow for the start of the COP26 climate conference, which kicked off on the heels of the G20 summit in Rome which ended with a statement urging “meaningful and actionable” effective âon climate change but left a huge job for negotiators to secure an ambitious outcome. Read more
Biden, who took over from former President Donald Trump in January, pledged earlier this year that the United States would reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 50 to 52 percent by 2030 from 2005 levels The White House has expressed confidence in its ability to achieve this, although a bill that would help pursue those goals languishes in Congress, with a key senator on Monday declining his support, for now. Read more
Biden wanted to show the world that Washington could be trusted to fight global warming despite policy changes between the Republican and Democratic administrations that have undermined its commitments in the past.
“We will demonstrate to the world that the United States is not only back at the table but, hopefully, leading by the power of our example,” he said. “I know it hasn’t, and that’s why my administration is working overtime to show that our climate commitment is action, not words.”
Trump withdrew the United States from the Paris climate agreement, dealing a blow to international efforts on the subject while in power. Biden joined when he became president.
“Guess I shouldn’t apologize, but I apologize for the fact that the United States, in the last administration, withdrew from the Paris accords,” Biden said at a separate event from the COP26.
As Biden met with world leaders in Scotland, moderate Democratic Senator Joe Manchin announced he would not yet support a $ 1.75 trillion legislative framework that is critical to meeting the president’s emissions reduction targets. Read more
National climate adviser Gina McCarthy said ahead of Biden’s arrival in Glasgow that the bill would free up $ 555 billion in climate spending, the biggest investment to fight global warming in states’ history United, and would allow the country to reduce its emissions well beyond a gigatonne or a billion metric tons. by 2030.
Biden announced a long-term strategy outlining how the United States would meet a longer-term goal of net zero emissions by 2050.
In his speech at COP26, Biden said the world must help developing countries in the fight against the climate.
“At the moment, we are still lagging behind,” he said.
Biden plans to work with the U.S. Congress to launch a $ 3 billion program in 2024 to help developing countries adapt and manage the impacts of climate change through locally led actions.
On a conference call with reporters, McCarthy also addressed concerns over a Supreme Court announcement on Friday night that it would reconsider the power of the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate greenhouse gas emissions, which could harm U.S. climate goals. Read more
“We are confident that the Supreme Court will uphold what these have before them, which is that the EPA has not only the right but the authority and the responsibility to protect our families and communities from pollution,” McCarthy said.
Reporting by Jeff Mason in Glasgow and Valerie Volcovici in Washington; Additional reporting by Doina Chiacu in Washington Editing by Diane Craft and Matthew Lewis
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