The US administration said on Tuesday that record temperatures in Europe showed the need for climate action and promised to do its part despite legislative and judicial setbacks in the United States.
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“The dire warnings, I think, are backed up by the weather conditions we are currently experiencing,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said after Britain recorded 40 degrees Celsius for the first time.
“We are committed to seizing this moment and doing all we can, including on the world stage,” Mr. Price told reporters, “to ensure that this decisive decade does not pass without us taking the necessary steps. appropriate measures”.
“We are quite capable of achieving the objectives that have been set for us,” he said.
President Joe Biden is set to speak on climate change on Wednesday during a visit to Massachusetts, shortly after Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin said he would not pass a climate bill, presumably condemning it to failure.
After defeating climate skeptic Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election, Mr. Biden has set new climate ambitions for the United States, the world's largest economy and second largest emitter of greenhouse gases.
The United States has said it will reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 50-52% by 2030, compared to 2005.
Biden administration climate envoy John Kerry told AFP that his country is determined to meet its greenhouse gas emission reduction targets despite a recent unfavorable Supreme Court ruling. .