U.S. hosts climate change summit
President Joe Biden pitched a plan on Thursday that would cut U.S. fossil fuel emissions by up to 52 percent by 2030. That change represents nearly twice the reductions President Barack Obama promised under the 2015 Paris Agreement. At a virtual climate change summit Biden hosted, other world leaders welcomed his plan. But Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., said American actions would make no significant difference while other countries continue to increase their carbon emissions.
How did other countries respond? Japan wants to reduce emissions by 46 percent, Canada said it would cut fossil fuel pollution by 40 percent, and South Korea promised to stop publicly financing coal-fired power plants. But Russia and China, two of the world’s major producers of carbon emissions, announced no plans to curb their pollution.
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