Biden invites Russia, China to first global climate talks

Biden invites Russia, China to first global climate talks
President Joe Biden speaks during a news conference in the East Room of the White House, Thursday, March 25, 2021, in Washington. Source: AP Photo
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Daily US Times: President Joe Biden is including rivals Xi Jinping of China and Vladimir Putin of Russia among the invitees to the first big climate talks of his administration, an event the United States hopes will help shape, deepen and speed up global efforts to cut climate-wrecking fossil fuel pollution, White House officials said.

Mr Biden is seeking to revive a US-convened forum of the world’s major economies on climate that Barack Obama and George W. Bush both used and Donald Trump let languish. Leaders of some of the world’s top climate-change sufferer countries, backsliders and do-gooders round out the rest of the 40 invitations being delivered Friday. The climate talks will be held virtually April 22 and 23.

Hosting the climate summit will fulfill a campaign pledge and executive order by president Biden, and the administration is timing the event to coincide with its own upcoming announcement of what will be a much tougher US target for revamping its economy to sharply cut emissions from natural gas, coal and oil.

The summit – and whether it’s all talk, or some progress – will test Joe Biden’s pledge to make climate change a priority in his presidency among competing economic, policy, political and pandemic problems. It also will pose a very public — and potentially empowering or embarrassing — test of whether US leaders, and the president in particular, can still drive global decision-making after the former Trump administration withdrew globally and shook up longstanding alliances.

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