Biden’s Ambitious Climate Pledge Puts U.S. Credibility on the Line

President Joe Biden speaks to the virtual Leaders Summit on Climate, from the East Room of the White House, in Washington, April 23, 2021 (AP photo by Evan Vucci).
President Joe Biden speaks to the virtual Leaders Summit on Climate, from the East Room of the White House, in Washington, April 23, 2021 (AP photo by Evan Vucci).

U.S. President Joe Biden used last week’s Earth Day summit to reassert U.S. global climate leadership, pledging dramatic reductions in U.S. carbon emissions and encouraging ambitious commitments from other major emitters. After four wasted years under former President Donald Trump, U.S. climate policy is finally headed in the right direction. And not a moment too soon, given the accumulated stock of greenhouse gases already in the atmosphere. With less than a decade left to avoid a planetary catastrophe, Biden has reenergized hopes that the world can still meet the daunting Paris Agreement target of holding the rise in average global […]

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