President Biden will convene on Friday some of the leaders of the countries most responsible for climate change, urging them to do more to reduce greenhouse gas emissions ahead of a crucial UN summit in November.
Speaking to reporters on a background call on condition of anonymity, a White House official said Mr Biden would ask other countries to sign off on a global goal of reducing methane, the main component of natural gas and an extremely potent greenhouse gas. Will also request
According to European and United States climate negotiators who sign a “global methane pledge” by the United States and Europe to work together to reduce global methane emissions by at least 30 percent by 2030 who were not authorized to do so. Discuss the details of the plan publicly.
“It’s extremely disastrous that we’re trying to get people to join the global effort to tackle methane,” Mr Biden’s climate change envoy John Kerry said in an interview over the weekend. It accelerates the rate of global damage.”
Carbon dioxide is the biggest driver of climate change, but methane is more potent in the short term, heating the atmosphere 80 times more than the same amount of carbon dioxide over a 20-year period.
American Gas Association president and CEO Karen Harbert said in a statement that natural gas utilities in the United States are “all in” when it comes to addressing climate change, but did not comment directly on the methane challenge.
The meeting will be the second of the Major Economies Forum this year, which Mr Biden has called for former President Donald J. Trump stepped down from the podium and revived after the Paris climate accord. Mr Biden rejoined the climate deal as soon as he entered office.
The White House did not release a list of attendees, but the Forum of Major Economies traditionally includes a mix of wealthy European countries and major emerging economies. It is unclear whether officials from China, the biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, will attend Friday, but the country’s President Xi Jinping attended the summit earlier in April.
The discussions take place less than six weeks ahead of talks in Glasgow, where nations promising to avert the worst of climate change will be expected to show what they have done and set even more ambitious goals in Paris. The promise will be made.
The Biden administration has promised to cut emissions 50 to 52 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. Getting there, however, depends on the passage of a $3.5 trillion budget bill that includes a policy to significantly cut fossil fuel pollution by the power sector. That law is facing a tough fight in Congress.
China and India have yet to promise deep emissions cuts, and the Biden administration is up to both countries to do so.
The United Nations’ top climatology body found this year that the world is already baked into a warmer future and global warming is likely to increase by about 1.5 degrees Celsius over the next two decades. Keeping temperatures below that threshold is critical to avoid the worst consequences of climate change, and the window for stronger policies is closing.