COP26: Biden Says US Will Meet Climate Goals, Urges Helping Developing Countries

President Joe Biden tried to assure world leaders on Monday that USA will keep its promise to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases by more than half by the end of the decade, even as key policies to ensure those cuts remain uncertain.

Biden joined leaders from more than 100 countries in Glasgow for the start of the climate conference COP26, right after a G20 summit in Rome that concluded with a statement that called for “meaningful and effective” action on climate change, but left a huge job to negotiators to secure an ambitious outcome.

The US president, who succeeded Donald Trump in January, he acknowledged that his country had not always led by example on climate change.

“That is why my administration is working overtime to demonstrate that our climate commitment is action, not words,” he said.

Trump withdrew the United States from the Paris climate accord, but Biden returned it when he took office.

The National Climate Adviser, Gina McCarthy, said Biden is committed to meeting America’s emissions reduction commitment in large part through a key budget bill that would free up $ 555 billion in climate spending. The plan has not yet been voted on in the Congress after months of tense negotiations.

“Here in Glasgow it is renewing America’s commitment to taking swift and decisive action, including through its ‘Build Back Better’ framework,” McCarthy told reporters.

“It is the largest investment to combat the climate crisis in the history of the United States and will allow us to reduce emissions by more than one gigaton, that is, 1 billion metric tons, in 2030,” he added.

Biden announced a long-term strategy to set how the United States will achieve a longer-term goal of net zero emissions by 2050.

In his remarks to COP26, Biden said the world must help developing nations in the climate fight. “Right now we are still falling short,” he said.

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