Biden Says Xi and Putin Welcome to White House Climate Summit | Climate News
Biden will host world leaders to explain how their countries will reduce carbon emissions to meet a global goal by 2030.
The United States has invited China and Russia to be among 40 countries to participate in a global climate change summit in April, President Joe Biden said on Friday.
Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin were among the world leaders invited to the April 22-23 summit, Biden said.
Biden’s Earth Day global climate summit is part of his efforts to elevate climate change as a top priority. It will be held virtually within the restrictions of the pandemic and will be broadcast live to the public.
Biden told reporters he hasn’t spoken to the two leaders yet, “but they know they’re invited.” Climate change is an area where officials in the Biden administration believe it is possible to do business with China and Russia, despite deep differences on other issues.
Biden’s comments came in remarks to reporters on Friday as he left the White House for a weekend at his home in Delaware.
In his first White House press conference since taking office, Biden called Xi and Putin supporters of autocracy and called the United States’ relationship with China competition.
A White House statement said a key goal of the Earth Day summit would be to galvanize efforts to keep the goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) within reach hand.
Biden said he had spoken with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, indicating that the topic was also the climate summit. The climate was also a topic when Biden spoke to European leaders on Thursday at a virtual European Council summit.
Biden also said he suggested to Prime Minister Johnson that democratic countries should have an infrastructure plan to compete with China’s Belt and Road Initiative.
The Biden administration is expected to announce what the White House has called “an ambitious 2030 target” to reduce carbon emissions by the Earth Day summit.
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Biden urges world leaders to use the summit as an opportunity to describe how their countries will help cut emissions, the White House said.
Representatives from the US oil and gas industry met with Biden Administration’s National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy on March 23 to discuss how companies can align with the ambitious climate goals of the Biden administration.
The April summit will bring together 17 countries responsible for 80% of global emissions and global GDP. The guest list from 40 countries includes Canada and Mexico, allies in Europe and Asia, as well as Israel, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Nigeria and South Africa.