On April 22-23 US President Joe Biden convened the virtual Leaders Summit on Climate with 40 national leaders participating. In Session 1 Mr. Biden announced a new pledge under the Paris Agreement to reduce emissions 50% below 2005 levels by 2030. Other promises made at the session included:
- Japan promised 46-50% below 2013 levels by 2030, a significant improvement over the existing 26% goal.
- Canada pledged 40-45% reduction from 2005 levels by 2030, compared to the current 30%.
- UK will embed in law a 78% reduction below 1990 levels by 2035.
- EU is putting into law a target of reducing net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030 and a net zero target by 2050.
- Other countries (India, Argentina, South Korea, China, Brazil, South Africa, and Russia) made various commitments on renewable energy, deforestation, future emissions peaks, and carbon capture.
Other sessions at the summit included climate finance, participation by sub-national governments, speeding the transition to net-zero around the world, and opportunities presented by ambitious climate action (i.e., creating “good, high quality jobs.”)
US Intelligence Agencies Challenge Biden’s Climate Alarmism
In January US President Joe Biden signed an executive order stating: “There is little time left to avoid setting the world on a dangerous, potentially catastrophic, climate trajectory.” Mr. Biden’s presidential order outlines an ambitious governmentwide plan “to confront the existential threat of climate change.” It requires all federal agencies to factor the supposed threats posed by climate change into policies aimed at lowering global temperatures. The order blamed recent wildfires, hurricanes and tropical storms on climate change and said the Pentagon believes two-thirds of critical military bases are directly threatened by global warming — without elaboration.
This assessment was challenged by Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines, the senior intelligence official overseeing the nation’s 17 spy agencies, who made no mention of a climate crisis or an existential threat from climate change in a survey of global challenges and threats in House and Senate testimony.
Senator James Inhofe of Oklahoma, the ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, said: “The focus on climate change as a national security matter is a dangerous diversion for our military from what should be its core mission: protecting the nation against aggressive adversaries. While we need our installations to be more resilient, China, Russia and Iran are not our biggest threats because of climate change.”