President Biden signs executive orders expanding the Affordable Care Act and revoking Trump administration health policies, January 2021.
Neither Vladimir Putin nor Xi Jinping acted promptly on the part of the United States and some of its advanced allies as they made concrete new pledges to reduce harmful fossil fuel pollution on the first day of the two-day US summit.
President Joe Biden will kick off a global climate summit with a pledge to cut at least half of the world’s carbon-dioxide emissions from fossil fuels, a pledge he hopes will spur China and other large polluters to speed up their own effort.
So Biden’s staff set up a little set in the East Room that looked as though it were part of a talk show.
The Obama Administration portrays the vision for the prosperous cleanest energy system in the United States, with factories producing state-of-the art batteries for export, plumbing workers relaying an efficient national grid, and crews insulating abandoned oil and gas platforms and coal mines.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel was among a number of allies who welcomed the Americans’ return to Trump.
Japan announced its own new 46% emissions reduction target at the Summit, and South Korea declared that it will stop public financing of new coal-fired power plants, in a potentially significant step toward convincing China and other coal-dependent countries to also throttle construction and finance new plants.
The Biden Administration’s promise would require by far the most ambitious US climate effort of all time and almost double the reductions the Obama administration pledged to make in the Paris Climate Agreement.