Biden Pledges US Will Rejoin Climate Fight

At an international summit, US President Joe Biden pledged that the USA would rejoin the fight against climate change.  He stated an intent for the United States to cut greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030.  Additionally, he claimed that the United States will also double climate aid to developing nations.

At the summit, poorer nations implored wealthier nations to aid them financially in their efforts against climate change.  At the same time, nations like China and India noted that they would continue on a trajectory that will increase their carbon emissions before they consider cuts. 

The Trump administration halted several initiatives to fight climate change that were enacted by the Obama administration.  Now, President Biden has recommitted the United States to those plans.  Specifically, Biden has pledged that the United States will reduce greenhouse gas emissions to around half of 2005 levels.  This goal is set for the end of the decade, and it not only enacts plans from the Obama administration but furthers them.

In regard to foreign aid for climate change, Biden’s fiscal budget request for 2022 allocates $2.5 billion to climate aid.  This plan was submitted to Congress earlier this month.  This, along with legislation on America’s greenhouse gas emissions, is likely to face much opposition from Republicans in Congress.


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