At the world climate conference in Egypt, US President Joe Biden promised to comply with the declared climate protection target of the USA and to fight vehemently against global warming. "The United States will meet its emissions target by 2030," Biden said on Friday at the conference in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.
The United States is on track to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50 to 52 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. "We are rushing forward to do our part to avert the climate hell that the UN Secretary-General so passionately warned about earlier this week."
UN Secretary-General António Guterres said at the climate conference in Sharm el Sheikh on Monday: "We're on the highway to climate hell - with our foot on the accelerator."
Biden declared the fight against the climate crisis as a priority when he took office and in April 2021 at a summit with numerous heads of state and government announced the new US climate target for 2030. According to this, the USA wants to at least halve its greenhouse gas emissions by the end of the decade compared to 2005.
The US President said his administration has taken "unprecedented steps" over the past two years to combat the climate crisis. In particular, he highlighted the so-called Anti-Inflation Act passed by the US Congress in August.
Around 370 billion dollars (358 billion euros) are to be invested in climate protection over the next ten years, for example to promote the manufacture of solar cells and wind turbines. Financial incentives are also provided for the construction of electric car plants.
Biden said the fight against the climate crisis must be accelerated. The past eight years have been the warmest since weather records began. He referred to the dire consequences of global warming: droughts and forest fires in the USA, the hunger crisis in East Africa and devastating floods in Egypt and Nigeria.
The "life of the planet" is in danger as the climate crisis progresses, Biden said, and warned that every country must "intensify" its efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.