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An unworthy American view

Joe Biden

The US president has accused China and Russia of not being ready for climate protection.

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Berlin Over the years, energy energy between the United States and China has determined progress in international climate protection. The two largest emissions in the world tend to follow each other in climate-damaged greenhouse gas emissions and deny too much interest in the process, especially when the other side demands it. The result was the failure of climate summits and climate summits in Copenhagen on homeopathic levels. When Washington and Beijing, along with nearly 200 other countries, signed the Paris Climate Agreement in late 2015, it was considered a diplomatic miracle.

There is no doubt that very little has happened since then. Despite all the negotiations, emissions are rising, despite all the warnings to control global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius compared to pre-industrial. The world is at 2.7 degrees.

One trend has long been reversed, with the announcement of the 20 largest economies after a meeting in Rome over the weekend being pathetic. The fact that Chinese President Xi Jinping is stepping down from Glasgow does not mean that the world’s largest CO2 emitter, the Great Empire, intends to tighten its previous announcements in the next few days. The peak of CO2 emissions before 2030, the greenhouse gas neutralization in 2060, thus ten years later than the EU – it will remain the same for now.

Nevertheless, the presentation at the start of the World Climate Conference in Glasgow, USA, in the line of climate protection is an unworthy display. US President Joe Biden’s accusation that China and Russia are not ready to commit to climate protection does not encourage both countries to provide more incentives.

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Russia has not acted differently than the People’s Republic. Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has already made it clear that the country does not want to enter into international obligations beyond its current well – known goal: CO2 neutrality after 2060.

China, Russia, India: Everyone must move forward

It is true that China and Russia may still be ambitious. Emerging India also needs to move forward. The list goes on and on. However, in view of the drama of climate change, it is time to pull the key players together instead of maneuvering them into a siege.

What did President Angela Merkel say at the end of the G20 summit in Rome? “Somehow everyone understood that everyone lives on the same planet.” It gives hope.

Further: More ambitions and more money: How successful will the World Climate Conference be even after the vague G20 resolutions

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