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Putin and Biden are circling each other warily (opinion)
Joe Biden had vowed that Putin would "pay a price" for his actions --interfering with America's elections, aggression and occupation in Ukraine, involvement in the SolarWinds hack, and more -- and is following through with a series of punishing sanctions, writes Frida Ghitis. Will Putin back down? The next move is Russia's.Just two days after President Joe Biden invited Russian President Vladimir Putin to meet in person, the Biden administration is rolling out a series of tough sanctions designed not just to signal unhappiness with the actions of the Russian regime, but to have a significant diplomatic and economic impact.
Presidenton Friday said he was heartened by Russian President 's call for collaborative efforts on removal of carbon dioxide to combat , and looked forward to working with .
Biden spoke Friday morning as part of the second day of the White House's Leaders Summit on Climate, which featured appearances from Michael Bloomberg and Bill Gates as well.
'Today's final session is not about the threat climate change poses, it's about the opportunity that addressing climate change provides,' Biden said. 'It's an opportunity to create millions of good paying jobs around the world in innovative sectors.'
The Weekly Planet: An Outdated Idea Is Still Shaping Climate Policy
Biden’s team is split on how to think about climate change.The moderate Democratic president wanted the United States to tackle climate change, and he had pledged to get serious about it during the recent campaign. On the president’s desk sat a memorandum laying out two options.
He touted the great progress the leaders had already made, adding more efforts were needed by governments and the private sectors to ensure a smooth transition to a clean energy future.
'When we invest in climate resilience and infrastructure, we create opportunities for everyone,' Biden said.
The president used that moment to promote his American Jobs Plan, which is still being negotiated on Capitol Hill.
'This is a moment for all of us to build better economies for our children, our grandchildren,' the president continued.
Biden said America 'is once again stepping into a leadership role' and pledged to cooperate with other nations in researching and deploying new strategies to decarbonize key industries.
Biden wants to convince the world America can be trusted on climate change
It’s going to be a tough sell.Senior administration officials spoke with reporters on a Wednesday call ahead of two days of remote meetings featuring world leaders like Biden, Chinese President Xi Jinping, and Russian President Vladimir Putin. While they didn’t confirm reports that the US hopes to cut emissions by 50 percent from 2005 levels by 2030, they did answer Vox’s question on why other nations should trust America to keep its climate promises — given the US government has swung wildly on climate policy depending on who the president is.
Biden said future jobs will involve installing electric-vehicle charging stations, manufacturing solar panels, researching sustainable farming practices and working in other new industries.
But he said economic transitions shouldn't leave other workers behind.
He said, 'We must ensure that workers who thrived in yesterday's and today's industries' also have a bright future.
Bloomberg, the billionaire ex-New York City mayor who briefly was Biden's Democratic primary rival last year, and Gates, Microsoft's co-founder, helped pitched Biden's climate-friendly transformation of the U.S. economy on day No. 2 of the summit.
Bloomberg said combatting climate change will depend on improving financial transparency about the risks of global warming.
Bloomberg said Friday that companies need to provide financial disclosures on climate risks, so that investors can direct funding to businesses that are mitigating the threats of climate change.
In Biden climate show, watch for cajoling, conflict, pathos
WASHINGTON (AP) — It won't rival Netflix for drama, but 40 world leaders will try to save the planet from ever-worsening global warming in a two-day climate summit livestreamed for binge viewing. While there will be many faces on screen, this will clearly be President Joe Biden’s show. Biden will convene the summit on Thursday, and what he says will call the shots for what’s to come. He’s trying to show that the United States is again serious about cutting pollution of heat-trapping gases with a new American goal for reducing emissions. Then he’ll try to cajole other nations to ratchet up the pollution-cutting promises they made in 2015's Paris climate agreement.
He said it will take historic investments to beat the challenge of global warning.
Bloomberg said mayors and CEOs tell him they want to do more to tackle climate change but need more help.
The multibillionaire founder of a financial data and news company is a special U.N. envoy on climate change issues.
Gates thanked Biden and U.S. climate envoy John Kerry 'for re-establishing America’s leading role on climate' - which some considered a dig at former President Donald Trump, who pulled the U.S. out of the Paris climate agreement in the early months of his administration.
'This is a promising moment,' Gates said.
Gates said activists and young people are rightly demanding action.
He said, 'Governments around the globe are meeting those demands with ambitious commitments.'
Gates said climate change is 'an incredibly complex issue and using just today´s technologies won´t allow us to meet out ambitious goals.'
Putin Is Keeping the West Guessing and That’s Just Fine With Him .
The Kremlin leader's Ukraine gambit has pushed Joe Biden to focus attention on Russia, officials say.As thousands of Russian troops began withdrawing from the Ukrainian border Friday, easing some of the worst tensions with the U.S. and Europe since the Cold War, there’s quiet satisfaction in the Kremlin that the high-risk gambit paid off.