The essentials To restore the image of the United States’ climate action after Donald Trump’s presidency, Joe Biden is organizing a climate summit with forty heads of state on Thursday and Friday. In particular, he succeeded in virtually bringing Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Poutine together.
Joe Biden will unveil a new American target to nearly double pollutant emissions at his climate summit Thursday to mark America’s return to the fight against global warming and urge the rest of the world to “increase its ambitions.”
According to an American official, the 46th President of the United States will promise to cut greenhouse gas emissions in the world’s largest economy by 50% to 52% by 2030 compared to 2005 levels.
That goal almost doubles Washington’s previous commitment to drop between 26% and 28% by 2025.
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The Democrat will address the forty leaders invited to this two-day meeting in the morning, including Xi Jinping from China, Vladimir Poutin from Russia, Narendra Modi from India, Emmanuel Macron from France and even Pope Francis.
His intention: “To challenge the world to meet its ambitions and fight the climate crisis,” said the official. The American head of state would like to encourage the 196 countries that have signed the Paris Agreement to commit themselves more strongly to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Is expected at the turn
From the first day of his presidency in January, Joe Biden joined the Paris Agreement on Climate, which Donald Trump struck four years ago.
Since then, contrary to the climate-skeptical discourse of his Republican predecessor, he has rejected warnings about “the urgency” to avoid a “catastrophe”. And he unveiled a megaplan for American infrastructure with an important ecological transition component.
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However, he is expected to turn around when organizing this Earth Day summit. Before putting pressure on other global polluters to accelerate the fight against global warming, he must calm his country’s volatility on the matter.
A crucial Sino-American alliance
Chinese diplomacy last week “mocked a poor student who returns to the school desk after skipping class.”
In the absence of the United States during the Trump era, Xi Jinping had received applause in late 2020 by announcing that before 2030 his country would start cutting its carbon emissions to achieve carbon neutrality as much as it absorbs in 2060 emit.
An ambitious American contribution
It is above all the American contribution that wants to be ambitious, to hope that global warming will be kept below + 2 ° C, if possible + 1.5 ° C, compared to the pre-industrial age, as planned. The Paris Agreement was signed in 2015.
A planetary goal that, given the current state of national commitments, is unattainable.
Joe Biden’s new engagement should enable the US economy to become carbon neutral by 2050.