Biden pledges to cut 50% of greenhouse gas emissions by 2030

WASHINGTON – On Earth Day, U.S. President Joe Biden committed to a 50% to 52% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.

Biden said the signs of global warming are unmistakable, the science is undeniable and the cost of inaction just keeps mounting.

“This is the decade we must make decisions that will avoid the worst consequences of the climate crisis,” Biden told the 40 world leaders who were participating in the two-day virtual climate summit.

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends the virtual Leaders Summit on Climate in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, April 22, 2021. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP) (Sputnik)

Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, and White House climate envoy, John Kerry, watched the speeches of Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Jinping and Putin also promised to cut fossil fuel emissions.

In this image from video world leaders participate in the White House Climate Leaders Summit via Zoom Thursday, April 22, 2021. The U.S. opened Thursday's summit, which is being held virtually by livestream because of the pandemic, with an ambitious pledge to cut by at least one-half the climate-wrecking coal and petroleum fumes that America is pumping out. (AP Photo)

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro promised to stop clearcut logging in the Amazon.

Gaston Alfonso Browne, the prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda, said his country is among the most affected without contributing much to greenhouse gas emissions.

President Joe Biden, left, speaks to the virtual Leaders Summit on Climate, from the East Room of the White House, Thursday, April 22, 2021, in Washington, as Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry, looks on. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) (Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel celebrated Biden’s decision to work on climate politics.

“There can be no doubt about the world needing your contribution if we really want to fulfill our ambitious goals,” Merkel said.

The United Nations Climate Change Conference, also known as COP26, will be held from Nov. 1-12 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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