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On Monday, 🇺🇸 @ClimateEnvoy John Kerry was in London to meet with 🇬🇧 allies ahead of #COP26 later this year. We asked Sec. Kerry to tell us more about how we’re working together to strengthen the global effort to combat the climate crisis. pic.twitter.com/qr1A28Fwhs
Why This Matters: Despite the pandemic, Kerry is conducting in-person (but safely masked) diplomacy with key global stakeholders on climate change in preparation for a summit here in the U.S on Earth Day. The meetings appear to be designed to shape new, elevated commitments that can be worked out in advance of the Glasgow meeting around technology, innovation, and finance for projects in the developing world.
Kerry’s European Tour
In-person diplomacy is rare for the Biden administration so far, especially because the pandemic is not well under control even in Europe. Kerry flew commercial on this trip but still managed to pack his visit with many meetings in each location. The purpose of the trip was made clear in a statement per The Washington Post:
“What we’re trying to do is raise the ambition of many countries, of all countries,” the former U.S. Secretary of State said from Paris on Wednesday. “Because we’ve been absent for four years and there’s been an absence of any dialogue on climate — and these countries have all been basically dissed over these last four years — President Biden thought it was important for us to be able to conduct this essential personal diplomacy at this point in time.”
With just a little over a month until the Earth Day summit when President Biden will convene leaders from some of the world’s major economies, as part of a push to get the globe’s biggest polluters to commit to greater reductions, there is an urgency to ensure that its success. The meeting is important to show that the Biden administration is “walking the walk” on global climate action and can help to push for greater accomplishment at the U.N. COP in Scotland this fall where all nations are expected to lay out their plans to begin drastically reducing emissions by the end of the decade. The last COP in Madrid in 2019 ended without sufficient forward progress, and 2020’s meeting was pushed by a year.
The Europeans are already pushing ahead — the European Union has pledged to cut net greenhouse gas emissions at least 55 percent by 2030, compared with 1990, and the U.K. has promised to reduce its emissions by 68 percent by the end of the decade.
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Yesterday, several news outlets reported that the Biden administration will soon propose a return to aggressive Obama-era vehicle mileage standards over five years, after which rules would tighten to encourage 40% of U.S. drivers into electric vehicles by 2030. As the Post and Courrier reported, The proposed rules from the Environmental Protection Agency and Department […]
By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Taken together, the European Union’s 27 countries are the #4 carbon emitter globally. The recently released “Fit for 55” package spells out how, exactly, the bloc will go from its current output to hitting its goal of climate neutrality by 2050. One of the biggest proposed changes is an […]
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