Biden Plans To Cut Emissions At Least In Half By 2030

Biden Plans To Cut Emissions At Least In Half By 2030: Report

President Joe Biden will pledge to cut USA greenhouse gas emissions at least in half by 2030 as he convenes a virtual climate summit with 40 world leaders.

At an online summit with French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday, meanwhile, Xi said climate change issues should not be used as a political "bargaining chip" in an apparent warning aimed at the United States.

Biden has invited 40 world leaders, including PM Modi, to the two-day conference beginning April 22, which according to a While House statement will underscore the urgency and the economic benefits of stronger climate action.

Biden and his special envoy for climate John Kerry have been working to push other major polluters like China, India, and members of the European Union to set similarly ambitious goals, many of which will be represented at the summit.

Washington and Beijing's pledge to cooperate comes amid acrimony over accusations about China's policies in Hong Kong and its treatment of Uyghurs in its northwestern Xinjiang region - criticisms Beijing rejects as interference in its domestic affairs.

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But the two countries, the world's two biggest greenhouse gas emitters, have rediscovered a common interest in battling climate change.

Former US President Donald Trump withdrew America from the Paris Climate deal but Biden announced the return of the US to the Paris climate accord after he took over the presidency.

Meanwhile Biden is expected this week to announce new U.S. targets on reducing carbon emissions as part of the summit amid mounting global alarm over record-breaking temperatures and increasingly frequent natural disasters.

A senior administration official said that they plan to emphasize that Trump's lack of engagement on climate change doesn't mean the USA can't be trusted to follow through and that the country's track record is still good overall.

Xi joined another virtual climate summit with France and Germany last week, where he said developed countries should "set an example" in reducing emissions and support developing nations' responses to climate change, state news agency Xinhua reported.

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