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Climate: Joe Biden pledges to reduce US emissions to half of this decade

US President Joe Biden today pledged to halve his country’s greenhouse gas emissions by the end of the decade, calling on the world’s largest economies to move in the same direction.

Speaking at the opening of a leaders’ summit that he called on to ask several world leaders to make firm commitments to reduce emissions and combat climate change, Biden indicated that the United States still wants to reach 2050 with carbon-neutral emissions.

He argued that investment in clean energy and the retraining of millions of workers in polluting industries are the kind of investments that will launch the United States “on the road to halving greenhouse emissions by the end of this decade”.

“This is where we are headed as a nation: to build an economy that is not only more prosperous but healthier and cleaner,” said the head of state, who once again put the United States in the Paris Agreement to contain warming. until the end of the century, after its predecessor withdrew the country from that commitment.

But the United States, he said, is responsible for 15% of global emissions, and “no nation can solve this crisis alone,” said Joe Biden, calling on the world’s largest economies to make similar commitments.

The commitment made today, which points to a 50% to 52% reduction in US carbon emissions by 2030, represents almost twice the previous one, which pointed to a 26% to 28% reduction by 2025.

When it comes to climate change, Biden says he sees jobs and “an economic opportunity ready to be launched”, going beyond the need to preserve the planet.

“The cost of doing nothing continues to accumulate,” he warned, noting that everything that needs to be done and changed in world economies to combat climate change represents “creating millions of well-paid and unionized middle-class jobs”.

In the United States, it intends to launch a “gigantic investment in innovation and infrastructure” that contemplates “all those who are too often left behind.

There are thousands of kilometers of infrastructure and electrical cables to assemble, there are electric vehicle factories for workers in the traditional automobile industry, there are thousands of oil wells to seal, and many coal mines to clean and reconvert, he exemplified.

The initiative will have to come from the federal government, but also “from cities and states, large and small companies, large multinationals and American workers from all sectors”, he defended.

Source: with Agencies

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