Climate summit: Jobs are make-or-break argument for Biden

Jobs are make-or-break argument for Biden in climate plan
President Joe Biden speaks to the virtual Leaders Summit on Climate, from the East Room of the White House, Thursday, April 22, 2021, in Washington. Source: AP Photo
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Daily US Times: The White House is bringing out the CEOs, the billionaires and the union executives Friday to help sell President Biden’s climate-friendly transformation of the US economy at a virtual summit of world leaders.

The closing day of the two-day climate summit to feature Mike Bloomberg and Bill Gates, electrical and steelworker union leaders and executives for solar and other renewable energy.

It’s all in service of an argument US officials say will make or break Biden’s climate pledge: Pouring trillions of dollars into clean-energy technology, research and infrastructure will jet-pack a competitive US economy into the future and create jobs, while saving the planet.

Thursday’s opening day of his climate summit, Biden declared: “Climate change is more than a threat, it also presents one of the largest job creation opportunities in history.”

The new urgency to the clean energy comes as scientists say that climate change caused by car engines, coal plants and other fossil fuel use is worsening hurricanes, droughts, floods, wildfires and other disasters and that humans are running out of time to save the planet from the catastrophic extremes of global warming.

The event has featured the major world powers — and major polluters — pledging to cooperate on cutting coal and petroleum emissions that are rapidly warming the planet.

But Republicans are sticking to the arguments that former President Donald Trump made in pulling the US out of the 2015 Paris climate accord. The Republicans point out to China as the world’s worst climate polluter — the US is No. 2 — and say any transition to clean energy hurts American natural gas, coal and oil workers.

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