The US President will open a global climate summit with ambitious goals, with details on how to achieve that goal.
President Joe Biden will open a global summit on climate pledging to cut at least half the amount of climate-devastating coal and oil smoke the United States emits, a pledge he hopes will prompting China and other major polluting countries to accelerate their efforts. owned.
The pledge – to cut U.S. fossil fuel emissions by up to 52% in less than 10 years – will be made at a virtual climate summit for 40 world leaders on Thursday .
So far, it will require the most ambitious climate effort ever made by Washington, almost double the cut that President Barack Obama’s administration has pledged in the 2015 Paris climate accord. turn.
It will also be another sign that the United States is returning to global climate efforts after four years of retreat under President Donald Trump.
Biden was before return As for the Paris accord, Trump has since pulled back, just hours after taking office in January.
The White House said efforts, envisioning a prosperous, clean energy United States, free of dependence on coal and oil, will also boost jobs as the economy recovers from the coronavirus.
“The US is not waiting, the cost of the delay is too great, and our nation is determined to act now,” the Biden administration said in a statement.
“Climate change poses an existential threat, but responding to it offers opportunities to support well-paid jobs, unions, strengthen the US labor community, protecting public health and promoting environmental equity. ”
The commitment will be based on “leadership from mayors, county executives, governors, tribal leaders, businesses, faith groups, cultural organizations, healthcare organizations, investors and community, who have worked tirelessly to ensure sustained progress in reducing pollution in the United States, ”said the Administration.
A new urgency emerged when scientists said that climate change caused by coal power plants, automobile engines and other fossil fuel use has exacerbated droughts, floods, hurricanes, wildfires and other disasters, and people are gone. time to stop most catastrophic extremes of global warming.
Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris have been scheduled to open the Earth Day summit from the White House’s East Room in front of world leaders, including the heads of China, Russia, and India. , Gulf oil states, European and Asian allies and island and coastal states are struggling against the effects of climate change. Pope Francis will also participate.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the summit will take place as a telethon-style broadcast on the climate, limiting opportunities for spontaneous interaction and negotiation.
The Biden administration said, with pledges from the United States and other emissions-cut claims from Japan, Canada, the European Union and the UK, countries represent more than half of the world economy. will now commit to cutting the amount of fossil fuel smoke enough to sustain the earth’s climate from a catastrophic warming of more than 1.5 degrees C (2.7F).