U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks and participates in the White House Climate Leaders’ Summit 5: The Economic Opportunities of Climate Action virtual session in Washington, DC on April 23, 2021.
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President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden will visit Europe in two weeks, the White House said in a statement Thursday, with the global climate crisis high on the president’s agenda,
The trip will mark the second overseas trip for Biden’s presidency and comes as he attempts to take action to address threats from global climate change. It also signals his re-engagement with global allies following former President Donald Trump’s tumultuous relations with other nations.
Biden will first visit Vatican City on October 29 to meet with Pope Francis. They intend to discuss efforts to tackle the climate crisis, the Covid-19 pandemic and poverty, among other controversial global issues, the statement said.
The president will then attend a two-day summit of G-20 leaders in Rome, according to the press release.
Executives are expected to decide whether or not to approve an international tax plan drawn up in July by the financial leaders of the Group of 20 major economies. The plan would establish a global minimum corporate tax of at least 15% and change the way companies such as Amazon and Alphabet’s Google are taxed.
Details of individual bilateral commitments will be released, according to the press release.
Biden will end his trip by heading to Glasgow, Scotland, where he will attend the United Nations Conference of the Parties on Climate Change, or COP26, from November 1 to 2, according to the press release.
COP26, which was originally slated to take place in 2020 but has been postponed due to the pandemic, will see world leaders meet to discuss more ambitious climate action as UN researchers warn global warming is dangerously close about to get out of hand.
The UN released a damning report in August that issued a stern warning on climate change. In the first installment of four reports published as part of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, researchers observed climate change that was expected to be “irreversible over hundreds or even thousands of years.”
For example, reports have revealed that greenhouse gas emissions from human activities are responsible for about 1.1 degrees Celsius warming from around 1850-1900 until today. It also revealed that the global temperature is expected to reach or exceed 1.5 degrees Celsius warming, on average over the next 20 years.
The Biden administration has pledged to cut America’s greenhouse gas emissions by almost half by 2030 and achieve a net zero economy by mid-century. The Obama administration had set a goal of reducing emissions by up to 28% from 2005 levels by 2025, but Trump has halted federal efforts to meet that goal.
In May, the president also issued an executive order requiring the development of a government strategy on climate change risks and an annual assessment of climate-related financial risks in the US budget.
Democrats are trying to pass a bill that will encourage the adoption of green energy and the construction of climate-resilient buildings and infrastructure as part of the president’s economic plan.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has suggested, however, that Democrats will likely have to cut $ 1 trillion or more from their $ 3.5 million climate and social safety net proposal to get it through Congress. amid feuds between the progressive and moderate wings of the party.