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Biden says Xi, Putin welcome at climate summit April 22

World Mar 26, 2021 05:22PM ET
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© Reuters. U.S. President Joe Biden holds news conference at the White House in Washington

By Steve Holland

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The United States has invited the leaders of China and Russia to participate in a global summit on climate change in April, U.S. President Joe Biden said on Friday.

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin were among 40 world leaders invited to the April 22-23 summit, according to a White House statement.

Biden told reporters he had not yet spoken to the two leaders about it, "but they know they're invited."

Biden's Earth Day global summit on climate is part of his effort to elevate climate change as a top priority. It will be held virtually given pandemic restrictions and will be live-streamed for public viewing.

Climate change is one area U.S. officials believe it is possible to do business with China and Russia, despite deep differences on a host of other issues.

At his first solo news conference since taking office, Biden on Thursday called Xi and Putin supporters of autocracy.

The White House statement said a key goal of the Earth Day summit and a separate gathering in the Scottish city of Glasgow in November will be to galvanize efforts to keep within reach a goal of limiting planetary warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Biden, speaking as he departed the White House for a weekend at his Delaware home, also said he had just spoken with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, indicating the subject was also the climate summit.

Climate was also a topic when Biden spoke to European leaders on Thursday in a virtual summit of the European Council.

The Biden administration is expected to announce what the White House called "an ambitious 2030 target" for reducing carbon emissions by the time of the summit.

Any target Biden announces is likely to face opposition from Republicans concerned that the Democratic president will sacrifice jobs and economic growth while pursuing his climate plans.

Biden is urging world leaders to use the summit as an opportunity to outline how their countries will contribute to reduced emissions, the White House said.

The summit will bring together 17 countries responsible for 80 percent of global emissions and global GDP. The invitee list of 40 nations includes Canada and Mexico as well as allies in Europe and Asia as well as Israel, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Nigeria and South Africa.

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AmericaIsKing oftheGalaxy
AmericaIsKing oftheGalaxy Mar 29, 2021 12:14AM ET
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China hardly cares about their people. The poison they pump into their cities and towns doesn't bother them.  All they care about is the one's doing the pumping offer their undying servitude and complete devotion to their supreme ruler. While they replace "China" with supreme ruler, it's the same concept. In this case their people are expected to be poisoned and happy to do it for their country.
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Bill Melton Mar 28, 2021 10:07PM ET
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Coal remains at the heart of China’s flourishing economy. In 2019, 58 percent of the country’s total energy consumption came from coal, which helps explain why China accounts for 28 percent of all global CO2 emissions. And China continues to build coal-fired power plants at a rate that outpaces the rest of the world combined. In 2020, China brought 38.4 gigawatts of new coal-fired power into operation, more than three times what was brought on line everywhere else. Biden wants EVs, but won't allow mining in US for lithium. China mines lithium. Biden speaks of wind turbines. Most of wind turbines are made in coal furnaces in Germany and China. He invites China, but he wants China to continue the dirty work for his green world utopia. Lithium batteries and wind turbines cannot be printed like the money he prints. Facts vs ideology.
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AmericaIsKing oftheGalaxy Mar 28, 2021 10:07PM ET
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At it's very peak in histroy coal provided hardly enough jobs for a small city, and made cities look like China does now. https://www.investing.com/news/world-news/beijing-enveloped-in-hazardous-sandstorm-second-time-in-two-weeks-2459293
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AmericaIsKing oftheGalaxy Mar 28, 2021 12:47AM ET
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It's nice to see people take steps to want to make this planet better. Well done!
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Alan Rice Mar 27, 2021 2:14PM ET
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What will be YOUR PART in saving Earth from greed, sloth, laziness, and political corruption ?? Tic-toc.
 
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