Biden invites Obama to bolster his COP26 climate summit appearance in Scotland next month after Kerry warned talks could fall short and Trump pulled out of the Paris agreement
- Former President Barack Obama will join President Joe Biden at the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland next month
- The U.S. is trying to show its commitment to curbing climate change after former President Donald Trump pulled out of the Paris climate agreement
- Obama will deliver remarks and meet with young climate activists to mark the five-year anniversary of the Paris agreement
- Biden will travel to Glasgow after meeting Pope Francis in Rome and participating in a two-day G20 leaders summit
Bloomberg reported Friday that Obama would travel to the conference, where he’ll deliver remarks and meet with young climate activists.
He’ll be there to mark the five-year anniversary of the Paris climate agreement, signed during his time in office.
Former President Barack Obama (left) will join President Joe Biden (right) at the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland next month as the U.S. tries to show its commitment to curbing climate change
The United States has given world leaders whiplash on its global warming priorities in recent years.
After signing onto the Paris agreement, former President Donald Trump announced on June 1, 2017 that he would be pulling out of it.
It took three years, however, to do so – with the United States officially withdrawing on November 4, one day after last year’s presidential election.
However, with Biden’s win, the Democratic president announced the U.S. would be rejoining the agreement on inauguration day.
Now, the Biden administration is trying to show that the U.S. can be a trusted partner again in the area of climate.
Biden will spend two days at the COP26 conference after first flying to Rome to meet with Pope Francis and participate in the G20.
The White House made Biden’s meeting with the Pope official on Thursday.
World leaders have been given whiplash by the U.S. in terms of climate change policy. Former President Donald Trump yanked the U.S. out of the Paris climate agreement, only for Biden to announce the country would be rejoining on his inauguration day
Biden has included a number of climate provisions in the Senate reconciliation bill, however an intraparty fight means the bill may still not be passed by the time he travels abroad.
His climate envoy, former Secretary of State John Kerry, was tempering expectations for the summit when he spoke to The Associated Press on Wednesday.
He said he feared that nations would still fall short of making commitments needed to drastically cut carbon from the atmosphere.
‘We will hopefully be moving very close to that … though there will be a gap and…we’ve got to be honest about the gap, and we have to use the gap as further motivation to continue to accelerate as fast as we can,’ Kerry said.
‘By the time Glasgow’s over, we’re going to know who is doing their fair share, and who isn’t,’ Kerry said.
Kerry also warned that inaction in the U.S. Congress would be ‘like President Trump pulling out of the Paris agreement, again.’
Biden’s climate envoy, former Secretary of State John Kerry, told The Associated Press Wednesday that if Congress failed to act on climate: ‘It would be like President Trump pulling out of the Paris agreement, again’