Leaders of G-20 nations promise more climate-related regulations
Leaders of the Group of 20 major economies said on Sunday that they would accelerate plans to implement climate-related policies, although they provided few details, coming as the Biden administration confirmed it sent about eight Cabinet members to a separate U.N. event in Scotland.
According to a communique issued by the G-20 leaders, including President Joe Biden, during the Rome summit, they reaffirmed past commitments by wealthier countries to mobilize $100 billion annually to help poorer countries by scaling up climate financing.
The statement from the leaders also said that they would “accelerate our actions across mitigation, adaptation, and finance” of “global net-zero greenhouse gas emissions” by 2050. They did not elaborate.
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, National Economic Council Director Brian Deese, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Environmental Protection Agency Secretary Michael Regan, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, USAID Administrator Samantha Power, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Administrator Rick Spinrad, and White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Director Eric Lander are slated to attend a separate U.N. event in Glasgow, Scotland, this week, the White House confirmed to news outlets on Sunday.
White House climate advisers John Kerry and Gina McCarthy will also attend, the administration added. The Epoch Times has contacted the White House for comment.
The move to send the Cabinet members to Glasgow amid supply-chain issues, slowing economic growth, and the COVID-19 pandemic was criticized by congressional Republicans on Sunday.
“The policy priorities of the Biden administration are far out of step with those of the American people. While the president and almost half of his Cabinet are soaring off to Scotland, most Americans would like to see a plan to deal with soaring inflation and skyrocketing energy costs,” Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) told Fox News.