Politics Biden looking forward to working with Putin on climate change

19:25  23 april  2021
19:25  23 april  2021 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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President Joe Biden on Friday said he was heartened by Russian President Vladimir Putin's call for collaborative efforts on removal of carbon dioxide to combat climate change, and looked forward to working with Russia.

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.'

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.'

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