On 22 April 2021 – Thursday, A virtual climate summit was held which was attended by 40 leaders of different countries around the world. The reason behind the summit was to get all leaders together and discuss cutting down carbon emissions.
After being elected and taken control of the White House, Biden soon rejoined the Paris agreement. At Thursday’s summit, Biden promised that the United States will cut down its greenhouse gas emissions by 52% by the year 2030. Officials are concerned about how Biden and his team are going to meet their goal. An official also added that Biden sat a meeting at the White House on Wednesday where they discussed mainly greenhouse emissions.
During the summit, Biden elaborated on his vision for a greener economy, focusing on climate change for all sectors and providing more jobs for blue-collar workers. It is estimated that these steps will reduce the United States’ greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050. Biden added.
As leaders from across the world were gathered, Biden urged them to implement similar steps in their countries to cut down emissions. He also added that all nations have to come together to accomplish this goal and everyone needs to step up.
Vice President Kamala Harris brought the extreme weather conditions the U.S has been facing recently. Harris also spoke about the Wildfires which erupted in California last year. She also stated that we should all collaborate and act quickly to fix the climate crisis.
In establishing its objective to reduce greenhouse gases, Biden’s administration worked with government agencies, scientists, industry representatives, governors, mayors, and environmental researchers. This is a move that displays the President’s commitment to reducing greenhouse gases. The President has also expressed his intention to work with other countries to find a joint solution for current times global issues.
Back in 2015, Ex-President Barrack Obama joined the Paris climate agreement where he stated that the U.S will attempt to cut its carbon emissions by 26% to 28% by the year 2025. Biden’s claims are much higher at 50% to 52%. A second official said the higher target would give the US the “power” to get other countries to boost their ambitions in advance of the Climate Summit in Glasgow later this year.
President Biden has not yet revealed his plans about how he is willing to accomplish this goal. Some officials stated that there are multiple paths for the U.S to meet this goal. Biden said that countries will reap the economic benefits of the clean energy boom that’s coming if they take decisive action now to create the industries of the future.
Officials said that we’re hoping for the best and we want the countries to follow the U.S for announcements and plans to cut down emissions, hopefully to Zero. An official also said during the conference that we want governments and leaders to raise their voices against the climate crisis the world is going through right now, we all need to announce our ideas and plans to overcome this issue as soon as possible.