Biden invites Russia and China to global climate talks

Biden administration to host virtual international climate change summit April 22-23

President Joe Biden has included Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping among the world leaders invited to international online climate talks to be held in the United States.

The talks, the Biden administration envisions, will help shape, accelerate and deepen global efforts to reduce climate-damaging fossil fuel use. The Associated Press reported the news Friday, citing an administration official.

The new president plans to revive the U.S. tradition of holding a climate summit with leaders of the world’s major economies, which was spearheaded by the George W. Bush Jr. and Barack Obama administrations. Donald Trump declined to host the event.

Invitations to attend the forum, to be held April 22-23, were sent out to the leaders of 40 of the world’s largest economies. The summit is part of the Biden administration’s strategy to modernize the U.S. economy to reduce emissions from coal, natural gas and oil.

According to a administration official, the Biden administration intentionally included not only traditional U.S. partners in the list of invitees. The Associated Press source clarified that “key players” have been invited to the forum, with whom there will be “difficult and important conversations.”

“Given how important … this issue is to the world, we have to be prepared to talk about it, and we have to be prepared to talk about it at a high level,” the White House source said.

Previous President Donald Trump criticized scientists warning of global warming leading to droughts, floods, hurricanes and other natural disasters. He pulled the U.S. out of the Paris climate agreement, negotiated in 2015. Thus, the upcoming forum will be the first major climate change event hosted by a U.S. president in more than four years.

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