The United States has again officially rejoined the Paris climate agreement on Friday, reinvigorating the global fight against climate change as the Biden administration plans drastic emissions cuts over the next three decades.
As a matter of fact, scientists and foreign diplomats have welcomed the US return to the treaty, which became official here 30 days after President Joe Biden ordered the move on his first day in office.
Almost 200 countries signed the 2015 pact to prevent catastrophic climate change, the United States was the only country to exit.
The Ex-President Donald Trump took the step, claiming climate action would cost too much.
John Kerry, the US climate envoy will take part in virtual events on Friday to mark the US re-entry, including appearances with the ambassadors to the UK and Italy, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and UN climate ambition envoy Michael Bloomberg.
President Biden has promised to chart a path toward net-zero US emissions by 2050. Scientists have said that goal is in line with what is needed, while also stressing that global emissions need to drop by half by 2030 to prevent the most devastating impacts of global warming.
Gina McCarthy, Biden’s domestic climate adviser, along with Kerry are crafting new regulations and incentives aimed at speeding the deployment of clean energy and transitioning from fossil fuels.
These planned measures will form the backbone of Washington’s next emissions reduction goal, or Nationally Determined Contribution, to be announced before a global climate leaders summit Biden will host on April 22. The next UN climate conference is in November in Glasgow.