The Obstacles to Biden’s Climate Push

MIN READApr 23, 2021 | 20:29 GMT

World leaders are seen on a screen as U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks during a virtual climate summit on April 22, 2021.

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Policy disputes at home and competition with China will hinder the United States’ ability to assert itself as the world leader in the fight against climate change. On April 22-23, the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden hosted a virtual climate summit with 40 world leaders, including Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. During the first day of meetings and presentations, several countries unveiled ambitious climate targets, including a new U.S. pledge to reduce carbon emissions by up to 52% from 2005 levels by 2030. The second day focused more on how to implement those changes, beginning with a speech made by U.S. billionaire Bill Gates in which he called on the private sector to turn their words into action by investing in climate-focused innovation. ...

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