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In his speech at the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27) in Egypt today, US President Joe Biden said the global climate crisis is an existential threat to the planet and vowed that the United States would do everything possible to combat it.
“The climate crisis is about human security, economic security, environmental security, national security, and the life of the planet,” Biden said, before summarizing steps taken by the United States as the world’s second-largest emitter of greenhouse gases.
“I can say with confidence here as President of the United States that America will meet our emissions targets by 2030,” Joe Biden said.
Biden’s speech is meant to remind government officials gathered in Sharm el-Sheikh to keep the goal of keeping average global temperature increases within 1.5 degrees Celsius to prevent the worst effects of planetary warming.
A series of crises, from a Russian-Ukrainian war on European soil to rampant inflation, is a distraction on the international stage.
“In these circumstances, it is more important than ever to double our climate commitments. The war between Russia and Ukraine only reinforces the need to rid the world of dependence on fossil fuels,” Biden said.
Ahead of the US president’s arrival at the summit, the Biden administration unveiled a local plan to drastically cut emissions of methane, one of the most potent greenhouse gases in the US oil and gas industry.
Washington and the EU also planned to issue a joint statement today promising further action on petroleum methane based on an international agreement launched last year and signed by 119 countries to cut economy-wide emissions by 30 percent this decade.
By 2030, global emissions will increase by 10.6% compared to 2010.
But the statements are being made in the shadow of doubts about whether the world’s governments are doing enough to address the warming problem.
A United Nations report released last week showed that by 2030, global emissions will increase by 10.6 percent from 2010 levels, despite devastating hurricanes, droughts, wildfires and floods that have caused billions of dollars in damage worldwide. the world.
To limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) above the pre-industrial temperatures set by the 2015 Paris Agreement, scientists say emissions should be reduced by 43 percent by then, the threshold at which risks of change The climate is starting to spiral out of control.
Many countries, including the United States and members of the European Union, are calling for an increase in the supply of fossil fuels in the near future to help bring down consumer energy prices that have risen since Russia’s war on Ukraine.
Meanwhile, UN organizers have come under fire from human rights activists for hosting COP27 in Egypt, whose government is accused of misconduct after the military toppled its first democratically elected president in 2013.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi told the US President that Egypt had launched a national human rights strategy and was ready to improve it.
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