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Biden Climate Summit: Key Takeaways
By admin April 24, 2021

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On April 22-23, President Biden convened the  Leaders Summit on Climate  — a 2-day summit with 40 global leaders in an attempt to galvanize global Climate Action, recommit key nations to the Paris Accords and reassert U.S. leadership on the world stage and climate issues.

On Day 1 of the Summit, the leaders of Brazil, Canada and Japan made commitments on Thursday to curb domestic greenhouse gas emissions and tackle climate change. The pledges came shortly after Biden vowed to reduce U.S. emissions by at least 50% by 2030, more than doubling the country’s prior commitment under the 2015 Paris climate agreement.

On Day 2 of the Summit, Pres. Biden ” joined business and union leaders in touting the economic benefits of addressing global warming.” He noted: “When we invest in climate resilience and infrastructure, we create opportunities for everyone.” Biden’s remarks at a session on the “economic opportunities of climate action” came one day after he announced a new goal of cutting U.S. greenhouse gas pollution by 50-52% by 2030.

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Some key summaries of the Summit:

 

  • Pres. Biden convened the summit in an effort to urge global cooperation on climate change. “We’re really beginning to make some real progress,” Biden told leaders during the summit.

 

  • U.S. allies vowed to cut emissions, aiming to convince other countries to follow suit ahead of the November U.N. climate change summit in Glasgow, where governments will determine the extent of each country’s reductions in fossil fuel emissions.

 

  • Leaders of countries like Brazil, Japan and Canada made commitments on Thursday to curb greenhouse gas emissions during President Joe Biden’s climate summit.

 

  • The pledges by U.S. allies and adversaries come shortly after Biden vowed to reduce U.S. emissions by at least 50% by 2030.

 

  • Japan announced new plans to cut emissions by 46%, while South Korea said it would halt the investment of public funding of new coal-fired power plants. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Canada would increase its cuts in fossil fuel pollution by about 10% to at least 40%.

Here are some key articles:

 

THE HILL

Foreign leaders hailed the return of the U.S. as a leader on climate issues following four years of disengagement by the Trump administration.

“I’m delighted to see that the United States is back to work together with us in climate politics,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel said at the summit, “because there can be no doubt about the world needing your contribution, if we really want to fulfill our ambitious goals.”

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen added: “It is so good to have the U.S. back on our side in the fight against climate change. Together we can go faster and get further, and together we will win the future.”

The Biden administration has repeatedly emphasized its desire to return the U.S. to a position of international leadership on climate after then-President Trump withdrew from the Paris climate agreement and rolled back a number of energy and climate regulations.

“America is back. We rejoined the Paris Agreement and are ready to rally the world to tackle the climate crisis. Let’s do this,” Biden tweeted.

In addition to organizing the summit and rejoining the Paris Agreement, the Biden administration has taken a number of steps to reverse Trump-era moves relating to climate and the environment or to potentially set up new regulations. This includes revoking the permit of the Keystone XL pipeline, with separate actions like imposing a moratorium on new leases for oil and gas drilling on federal lands as it reviews whether to make changes to the….

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CNBC

Leaders of countries like Brazil, Canada and Japan made commitments on Thursday to curb domestic greenhouse gas emissions and tackle climate change during President Joe Biden’s climate summit.

The pledges come shortly after Biden vowed to reduce U.S. emissions by at least 50% by 2030, more than doubling the country’s prior commitment under the 2015 Paris climate agreement.

The president convened the summit to urge global cooperation on climate change. “It’s an encouraging start,” Biden told world leaders during the summit. “We’re really beginning to make some real progress.”

In a split from his past attitude toward, Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro vowed to end illegal deforestation in the country by 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.

Bolsonaro has previously criticized protections of the country’s forests and threatened to withdraw from the Paris accord. Brazil has asked the Biden administration to provide $1 billion to pay for conservation efforts in…..

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ASSOCIATED PRESS

President Joe Biden has wrapped up his two-day climate summit, saying the climate crisis has created an opportunity to remake the global economy and produce millions of jobs in clean energy and technology “while doing so much good″ to slow climate change.

Speaking at the White House as the virtual summit concluded Friday, Biden asked, “Was there anything else you can think of that could create as many good jobs going into the 21st century?″

Biden says the crisis also provides an opportunity for the U.S. to work with longtime rivals such as Russia. He says that while he has often disagreed with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Russian leader now is “talking about how you capture carbon from space.”

U.S. climate envoy John Kerry praises Biden for convening the summit during his first 100 days in office. Kerry says the next 10 years are crucial to slow global warming and “avoid the worst consequences of the climate crisis.”….

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US NEWS

President Joe Biden has wrapped up his two-day climate summit, saying the climate crisis has created an opportunity to remake the global economy and produce millions of jobs in clean energy and technology “while doing so much good″ to slow climate change.

Speaking at the White House as the virtual summit concluded Friday, Biden asked, “Was there anything else you can think of that could create as many good jobs going into the 21st century?″

Biden says the crisis also provides an opportunity for the U.S. to work with longtime rivals such as Russia. He says that while he has often disagreed with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Russian leader now is “talking about how you capture carbon from space.”

U.S. climate envoy John Kerry praises Biden for convening the summit during his first 100 days in office. Kerry says the next 10 years are crucial to slow global warming and “avoid the worst consequences of the climate crisis.”

Kerry says that’s the reason for the climate summit and “This has to be the decade of decision.″

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HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE GLOBAL CLIMATE SUMMIT:

The White House brings out the billionaires, the CEOs and the union executives to help sell President Joe Biden’s…

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