Biden to release climate goals to improve jobs and lower pollution

Biden Plans To Cut Emissions At Least In Half By 2030: Report

Climate change has been a major area of focus for Biden.

President Biden is set to announce new goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions by more than 50% from 2005 levels by 2030 on Thursday as part of the administration's plan to combat climate change.

Xi will give an "important speech" at the meeting, said the Chinese foreign ministry, days after a trip to Shanghai by United States climate envoy John Kerry - the first official from Biden's administration to visit China.

Kerry, who was secretary of state under former President Barack Obama, visited Shanghai last week for talks with his Chinese counterpart Xie Zhenhua, becoming the first high-ranking US official to visit China under the Biden administration since its launch in January.

But the two countries, the world's two biggest greenhouse gas emitters, have rediscovered a common interest in battling climate change.

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Putin added, Russian Federation wants to have good relations with all countries in the world, but it won't cave to intimidation. And where it will be - we will determine that ourselves", Putin said.

At an online summit with French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday, meanwhile, Xi said climate change issues should not be used as a political "bargaining chip" in an apparent warning aimed at the United States.

Over the two-day period multiple US officials will speak including Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, and special envoy for climate Kerry and national climate adviser Gina McCarthy.

The talks also marked a resumption of climate dialogue halted during the Donald Trump administration, who withdrew from the Paris agreement. The pair released a joint statement over the weekend, saying their two countries "are committed to cooperating with each other" and will take "enhanced climate actions that raise ambition in the 2020s".

A senior administration official said that they plan to emphasize that Trump's lack of engagement on climate change doesn't mean the US can't be trusted to follow through and that the country's track record is still good overall.

In order to achieve Biden's climate goals, the administration has suggested cutting energy costs and emissions through building upgrades, expanding rail lines and bike lanes, and improving soil to assist agricultural communities and lower carbon emissions.

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