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CLimate Dream Team: “The United States and Germany will invest in a sustainable economy that drives inclusive growth, supports communities, and creates good jobs and a healthy environment on both sides of the Atlantic and beyond,” said a fact sheet provided by the White House. The fact sheet describes three areas of cooperation in the partnership:
Raising global climate ambition by developing actionable roadmaps, coordinating climate and trade agendas, mobilizing financial resources, and coordinating common interests in climate summits and forums.
Development and deployment of energy technologies like clean hydrogen, sustainable buildings and infrastructure, power grid improvements, and sustainable supply chains. This deployment would also focus on inclusivity and strengthening the workforce.
Empowering clean energy transitions in emerging economies by mobilizing resources in Eastern Europe, South Asia, and Southeast Asia, developing policy to help developing countries speedily adopt and regulate renewable energy.
The partnership will be co-chaired by Presidential Climate Envoy John Kerry, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, and their counterparts in the German government.
But tensions between the countries still exist. Recently, Berlin’s support of the Nord Stream 2 project, which would create an $11 billion natural gas pipeline from Russia to Germany, drove a wedge between Biden and Merkel. However, both have said that Russia cannot be allowed to wield energy as a weapon against neighboring nations, more specifically, Ukraine. “While I reiterated my concerns about Nord Stream 2, Chancellor Merkel and I are absolutely united in our conviction that Russia must not be allowed to use energy as a weapon to coerce or threaten its neighbors,” said Biden.
By WW0 Staff For the United States, the post-Trump, pre-COP26 road to Glasgow has been paved with ambition and humility. In a major speech, the President’s Envoy, John Kerry, previewed the results of his climate diplomacy before heading into two weeks of intense deliberations of world leaders. Speaking at the London School of Economics — […]
Next week, the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow will draw hundreds of world leaders to Glasgow to determine the path forward five years after the Paris Climate Agreement (for a primer, read this) as new science underscores the urgency. The conference aims to squeeze countries to strengthen the commitments they’ve made towards securing global net-zero […]
By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor In a report released last week, the Department of Defense (DOD) confirmed that existing risks and security challenges in the US are being made worse due to “increasing temperatures; changing precipitation patterns; and more frequent, intense, and unpredictable extreme weather conditions caused by climate change. Now, the Pentagon is […]
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