At the COP26 International Climate Summit, we would like to show that the United States is once again at the forefront of tackling climate change. Climate ambassador John Kerry says the goal is to “significantly raise international ambitions by leaving Glasgow” so that global warming can be controlled to 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels.
Kerry pointed to the “heavy” delegation his country would send to the UK for COP26. It consists of ministers, heads of government services and dozens of MPs. President Joe Biden is expected to be there on Monday and return to the United States the next day. Unlike his predecessor Donald Trump, he sees tackling climate change as one of his spearheads.
Climate adviser Gina McCarthy said Biden and his top officials would send a clear message during COP26. “America is back inside. We are back. We hope to mobilize the world to tackle the climate crisis.”
Despite Biden’s core international climate aspirations, his domestic climate agenda is hard to get off the ground. Prior to COP26, the Democrats failed to get ambitious climate plans through the US Congress. These plans are not supported by Republicans and opposed by some Democrats.
Climate policy in the United States has been politically sensitive for decades. President Bill Clinton backed the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. He was succeeded by George W. Bush withdrew from the deal. Under President Barack Obama, the United States signed the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, which was later replaced by his successor, Donald Trump. That decision was reversed by Pita.