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·         US officially returns to Paris climate accord; Biden sets target for cutting fossil fuel emissions

·         Cole Statement on U.S. Reentering Paris Climate Agreement

 

 

US officially returns to Paris climate accord; Biden sets target for cutting fossil fuel emissions

 

By The Associated Press | MassLive

Feb 19, 2021

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — World leaders welcomed the United States’ official return to the Paris climate accord Friday, but politically trickier steps lie just ahead for President Joe Biden, including setting a tough national target in coming months for cutting damaging fossil fuel emissions...

 

... Despite all the other challenges, Biden said, speaking to the Munich security conference, “we can no longer delay or do the bare minimum to address climate change. This is a global existential crisis, and all of us will suffer if we fail.”

 

Biden signed an executive order on his first day in office reversing the pullout ordered by President Donald Trump. Trump said soon after he took office that he would start the process of pulling the U.S. from the Paris accord, but it didn’t take effect until Nov. 4, 2020, because of provisions in the agreement...

 

... The Biden administration is working now on a target that balances meaningful cuts in emissions with political and financial realities. Settling on a U.S. emissions goal by April, when Biden plans to host world leaders for an Earth Day summit, would help the administration prod other countries for ambitious emissions cuts as well. That spring meeting should see countries start “to put the down payments on the table,” John Kerry, Biden’s climate envoy, said Friday.

 

Republican leaders already are fighting it...

 

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Cole Statement on U.S. Reentering Paris Climate Agreement

 

Oklahoma Farm Report

19 Feb 2021

 

Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement after President Joe Biden officially reentered the United States into the Paris Climate Agreement.

 

“President Biden’s decision to unilaterally rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement on behalf of the United States is a disservice to the American people and step backward for our long-term energy security. Choosing to reenter an agreement without renegotiating its terms or even attempting to involve Congress will lock in inequitable mandates that favor China ahead of our own country. The result will weaken our economy, eliminate vital American jobs and undercut American energy independence, putting our energy supply at the mercy of foreign countries and adversaries that do not have our best interests at heart...

 

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