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U.S. hosts climate change summit

President Joe Biden speaks to the virtual Leaders Summit on Climate from the East Room of the White House on Thursday. Associated Press/Photo by Evan Vucci

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.

Dig deeper: From the WORLD archives, read Daniel James Devine’s report on climate change activists’ appeals to young evangelicals.

Charissa Koh

Charissa is a WORLD reporter who often writes about poverty fighting and prison reform, including profiling ministries in the annual Hope Awards for Effective Compassion competition. She is also a part of WORLD's investigative unit, the Caleb Team. Charissa resides with her husband, Josh, in Austin, Texas.



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The climate change arguments are much more related to politics then about science. For example, building electric car charging stations across America which are powered by fossil fuels won’t change anything. Using nuclear and direct natural gas are probably the least polluting but these sources are frowned by the climate change crowd. The power outages that happened in Texas were in large part due to the lack of robustness of the Texas wind turbines which had to be turned off because of the low temperatures.