Corporate America begins to see fallout after stepping into politics


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In the Biden climate push, the question is pressing: Are American languages ​​good?

Washington — President Joe Biden convenes heads of state at a virtual summit this week and faces fundamental problems in proclaiming that the United States is ready to regain its leadership role in the fight against climate change. .. The problem is that four years after Donald Trump’s America First isolationism, he is fond of Biden, who is trying to reassert America’s role in other parts of the world stage. Trading partners wonder how long the melting of multilateral economic agreements will continue. The overture to the Transatlantic Alliance must overcome Trump’s four-year NATO attack. And on Friday, China likened the US desire to rejoin the Paris Agreement’s global warming agreement, which Trump had abandoned for a naughty child trying to sneak into school after leaving class. Sign up for the morning newsletter from the New York Times Perhaps there is no skepticism about US credibility as important as the issue of climate change. “If the United States can’t lead the world in tackling the climate crisis, there won’t be much left in the world,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned in a speech Monday, spanning a week of climax on Virtual Earth Day. Started promoting climate change. Summit meeting on Thursday and Friday. Blinken emphasized the need for US leadership in a speech at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation headquarters in Annapolis, Maryland, where global warming is central to embracing US foreign policy. And despite four years off the fight for climate change, Blinken wields its weight to ensure that other countries do more to reduce emissions. Said he wouldn’t hesitate. He said the United States has an obligation to do so, as other countries produce more than 80% of climate warming pollution. “Our diplomats will challenge the practices of the country where action or omission is retreating us,” Blinken said. “From the United States and its partners on how harmful these actions can be if countries continue to rely on coal for significant amounts of energy, invest in new coal plants, or tolerate large-scale deforestation. You will hear. “Some countries are already retreating. Zhao Lijian, a spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, said on Friday that “the United States has chosen to come and go as it pleases with respect to the Paris Agreement,” prior to the summit. “The return is by no means a brilliant comeback, but rather a school refusal student returning to class.” Biden’s global climate envoy John Kerry last week left China, the world’s largest emitter. He visited and tried to persuade Beijing leaders to adopt a new goal in line with the Paris Agreement’s goal of keeping world temperatures below 1.5 degrees Celsius. Pre-industrial level. The meeting agreed to work together on the climate crisis, but did not promise any new goals. Zhao later told journalists that the United States “has not provided anything about how to make up for the lost four years,” despite urging journalists to do more. There are good reasons for such skepticism. After all, Biden’s summit is the second generation in which the United States has rejoined climate negotiations after abandoning a global agreement to reduce global warming greenhouse gases. Biden was Vice President when his predecessor, George W. Bush, praised the Obama administration’s resumption of climate negotiations after rejecting the 1997 Kyoto Protocol Climate Treaty. Now he’s trying to lead another comeback when the United States returns to the Paris Agreement, which Trump abandoned in a flashy rebellious show-and perhaps the Obama administration that its climate policy can sustain the Republican regime. Hope you don’t remember the 2015 warranty. Robert N. Starvis, an environmental economist at Harvard University, said: Long-term reliability. Complicating these trust issues is the fact that the Biden administration may declare the United States “returned” on Thursday, but Congress remains divided in terms of climate. Biden will announce a new US goal on Thursday to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. To make a stronger commitment. Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky has already said he opposes Biden’s $ 2 trillion infrastructure program, which is the basis of the government’s efforts to achieve current and future climate goals. A group of Republican leaders also introduced a law last week calling for a major renegotiation of the Paris Agreement, blaming Biden’s plans for global re-engagement. Samantha Gross, director of the Brookings Institution’s Energy Security and Climate Initiative, said: White House officials said the United States remains credible this week. Despite the rollback of the Trump administration, the United States is still on track to meet the Obama administration’s goal of reducing overall economy emissions by about 28% from 2005 levels by 2025. But those numbers are controversial. This year, according to a Rhodium Group survey, US greenhouse gas emissions were about 21% below 2005 levels at the end of 2020. This brings us closer to the Obama administration’s promises under the Paris Agreement. However, about one-third of that decline was due to a coronavirus pandemic that drastically reduced driving and business activity last year. The study warned that emissions are very likely to rise again this year as the economy rejuvenates unless policy makers enact important new clean energy policies. Ali A. Zaidi, Deputy Climate Advisor to the White House, pointed out another factor that should increase US credibility. The US climate promise goes beyond Washington’s words. Yes, Trump has abandoned the Paris Agreement. But he said, “Our state, our city, our business, and our workers have stayed.” Blinken said the United States “sets an example” by making large investments in clean energy. And he added some warnings to the countries that need to be climate partners. He did not name Brazil, but warned that the destruction of rainforests would not be tolerated. And in a clear message to China, he said climate cooperation is not a “tip” that countries can use to avoid scrutiny of “bad behavior” on human rights and other issues. “Climate is not a trading card, it’s the future,” Blinken said. Many diplomats have said this time that the United States’ ability to tackle climate change has become clearer. But, nevertheless, they tended to give the Biden administration a suspicious benefit. “I think US policy is seen as a pendulum when it comes to climate change,” Malik Amin Aslam, an adviser to Pakistan’s Prime Minister of Climate Change, said in an interview. Vulnerable countries are “happy that the Biden administration has turned the pendulum in the right direction,” he added. Ronald J. Jumeau, a former UN ambassador to Saychel and a longtime climate change negotiator, said he saw the Biden administration’s announcement with “qualified excitement” and that the United States only cut emissions Instead, I wanted to be able to follow through. Not only funding small island nations and other vulnerable nations. In addition to the rollback of climate regulation, Trump has stopped paying the Green Climate Fund to help poor countries move to clean energy and adapt to the consequences of climate change. Biden has vowed to recover funds from $ 1.2 billion this year, subject to parliamentary approval. “I think we all now know the American political system,” Jumeau said. “If we didn’t learn during Trump’s year, we would never learn how dysfunctional it is,” said Adam S. Posen, president of the Peterson Institute for International Economics. He said America’s instability on the stage began long before Trump. From climate change to international development to trade law, Congress has learned to respond to changing priorities of Republicans and democratic regimes, as Congress remains largely unable to legislate key policies. He said. “Obviously, Trump exacerbated it because of incompetence and overt nationalism,” he said. The problem with the world is that the United States has all the diplomatic cards for global issues like climate change. “The United States is big and affluent, with nuclear deterrence and two oceans, and not many people can influence the United States,” Posen said. “The result is an unresolved issue.” This article was originally published in The New York Times. © 2021 The New York Times Company