American Leadership on Climate
Dear Friends & Neighbors,
The existential issue of climate change needs to be addressed by many nations collaboratively. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken’s speech on American Leadership on Climate, in Annapolis, Maryland, in the video published on April 19, 2021, “Secretary Blinken’s speech on American Leadership on Climate – 4:15PM“, below:
U.S State Secretary Blinken speaks on the effect of global warming and the importance of American leadership in taking part in meeting the challenge of climate crisis, and why Biden Administration rejoined the Paris Agreement immediately after taking office, named Secretary John Kerry as the Special Presidential Envoy for Climate to travel to the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of Korea, and inviting 14 world leaders to the virtual Summit on Climate scheduled to begin on April 22, 2021.
In the video published on April 19, 2021, “US, China put aside differences for pledge to work together on climate change“, below:
U.S. climate envoy John Kerry arrived in Shanghai Wednesday to discuss climate change with his Chinese counterpart. China is the world’s leading emitter of carbon, followed by the U.S. CBSN contributor Isaac Stone Fish joins CBSN’s Lana Zak to discuss, in the video published on April 14, 2021, “U.S. climate envoy John Kerry has talks in China“, below:
John Kerry, the United States Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, has begun three days of meetings with his Chinese counterparts ahead of a leaders’ summit on the environment to be held by President Joe Biden later in April. CNN’s Steven Jiang reports and Rosemary Church speaks with former Prime Minister of Australia, Kevin Rudd, about the significance of these efforts, in the video published on April 15, 2021, “Kerry seeks common ground in climate talks with China“, below:
Despite China’s Climate Pledges below:
- In 2015, adopted Paris Agreement to limit global warming to less than 2 degrees celsius compared to pre-industrial levels
- By 2030, renewable and nuclear to account for at least 25% of energy production
- By 2060, achieve net zero carbon emissions
Despite China’s climate pledges, China has added 360 coal power plants and had increase of carbon emission during last year. Ultimately, the negative impact would be immediately affecting the health of the Chinese people.
On today’s Daily Climate Show, US Climate Envoy John Kerry speaks to Sky News and urges China to “assume responsibility” for its part in the climate crisis, in the video published on April 13, 2021, “John Kerry on climate talks and contaminated water from Fukushima“, below:
California and Colorado wild fires, floods, more extreme weather conditions, and cold weather between Nebraska and Texas were all resulting from global warming.
Climate change exasperate existing conflicts and present new ones. Of the 20 countries considered most vulnerable to climate change by the Red Cross, 12 of them are already experiencing armed conflicts. Climate Change can also create new theaters of conflicts. In February, a Russian gas tanker sailed through the Arctic Northern sea route for the first time ever. With the Arctic warming at twice the rate of rest of the global average, the usable period of Arctic northern sea route is getting longer. So Russia is taking advantage of this change and is trying to take control over new spaces. Russia is modernizing its space in the Arctic and building new ones, including ones just 300 miles from Alaska. China is also increasing its presence in the Arctic.
Climate change is also the driving force behind migration: There were 13 hurricanes in Atlantic in 2020, highest number of hurricane occurrence ever, with Central America being hardest hit, leading to storm and massive rise in hunger. Many Central Americans tried to come to United States, even with much danger and hardship along the journey.
Climate change may also create opportunities for job creation in renewable energy such as solar and wind.
Future direction in confronting climate change may take these forms:
- Increase in investment of clean energy research and development to benefit American people and to create American jobs for all groups of American
- Empower youth due to their enthusiasm, leadership, and ingenuity they’ve demonstrated in confronting climate crisis
- Enlist state, cities and businesses of various sizes and various coalitions for partnership in making the transition toward clean or renewable energy
- Support would be provided to communities relying on old industries and help people in these communities to make the transition
- State Department will place climate crisis in the center of our foreign policy and national security, as instructed by President Biden during his first week in office
- New funding for clean energy entrepreneurship & more renewable energy markets
- Encourage other nations toward clean renewable energy & reduce carbon emission
Update from a video published on April 23, 2021, “Kerry HUMILIATES Trump“, below:
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