Web Desk. US President Joe Biden has reiterated his commitment to reviving the US role in climate change, announcing a doubling of aid to poor countries under the Obama administration.
Inaugurating the Virtual Conference on Climate Change on Earth Day, Biden said the world’s largest economy would take steps to combat climate change and bring it back to 2005 levels by 2030.
Biden told a two-day conference of 40 world leaders, including the presidents of China and Russia. “Costs are rising, but the United States can’t wait any longer. We have to step up and we all have to act.”
The conference was also addressed by Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Prime Ministers of Japan, Canada, and the Secretary-General of the United Nations.
According to the report, Biden proposed a 2 trillion infrastructure package to focus on the green economy, including investment, renewable energy, electric cars, and public transport projects.
Biden said the United States would double its aid to poor countries on climate change compared to the Obama administration, which is against the policy of former President Donald Trump, who cut off all aid.
On this occasion, the Chinese President said in his speech that China will reach carbon neutral by 2060. He said that China is committed to shifting from a carbon pack to carbon neutrality in a very short period of time and for that China needs to work very hard.
The Chinese president said that China would strictly control coal power plants. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the conference would be a turning point and called for immediate action. Guterres said today’s conference shows that tough measures will be taken on the environment, but much remains to be done.
It may be recalled that former US President Donald Trump while announcing his withdrawal from the Paris Agreement in 2018, had also cut off US aid to developing countries to address the challenge of climate change.
Joe Biden has announced that he will review all of the former president’s decisions since he was elected president and has reinstated many of them.
The United States last week invited Malik Aslam, the Pakistan prime minister’s special assistant on climate change, to attend the Virtual Leaders Summit on Climate Change, chaired by President Joe Biden.
John Kerry, the US special envoy for climate change, said in a letter that he was honored to be invited you on the behalf of the US president to attend the Virtual Leaders Summit on Climate Change. We invite you to join other ministers and leaders in a discussion on ‘Climate Adaptation and Flexibility’ on April 22.