President BidenJoe Biden Biden Administration Targets Methane Emissions McConnell Criticizes Possible Payments to Separated Migrant Families Poll: 50 percent of Republicans don’t think their vote is accurately counted MORE He said Tuesday that no world leader at the United Nations climate summit asked him whether his Rebuild Better agenda will be approved by Congress, and instead emphasized the work his administration has done so fairly on the climate.
Speaking during a press conference before leaving Glasgow, Scotland, the president said during a press conference that other members of the United Nations COP26 summit, the 26th annual conference held for world leaders to discuss approaches to climate change , did not raise the prospects of approval of its economic and social spending agenda.
“I didn’t have a single member of this conference who came up to me and said, ‘Are you going to get through what you have, what do you think?’ ‘How is that going to affect him?’ ‘What are you going to do?’ ”Biden said.
“What you are seeing is what has actually happened with everything related to deforestation down to what we are going to do in Build Back Better and how we have been able to focus now,” he added.
He promised that Sen. Joe manchinJoe Manchin On The Money – Presented by Citi – Progressives ignore Manchin warning Cori Bush criticizes Manchin for opposition to spending bill: ‘Anti-Black, anti-child, anti-woman and anti-Immigrant’ Overnight Energy & Environment – Presented by The American Petroleum Institute – Glasgow Summit begins MORE (DW.Va.) would back the final version of the bill, as its fate in the legislature loomed over its time at the top. Passing the bill will be critical for the US to meet many of the goals Biden has set to reduce emissions and halt the effects of climate change, as it has positioned the US as a world leader on the issue. during meetings with other world leaders.
Manchin expressed reservations about voting for the package, citing concerns about inflation and increasing the national debt.
The president’s framework includes many environmental policy provisions, including clean energy tax credits, an electric vehicle tax credit, a conservation works program called the Civilian Climate Corps, tax credits and rebates to help people electrify their homes.
At Glasglow, Biden announced targets to reduce methane emissions and joined others in promoting efforts to halt and reverse deforestation by 2030.
He called the deforestation deal “a great example of the kind of ambition we need and the United States is proud, proud to have initiated its support.”
“I can’t think of two days where more has been accomplished when it comes to climate,” Biden said.
Activists, including Greta Thunberg, have held protests outside of COP26 on the pace of action on climate change. When asked about the atmosphere around the conference, the president said he agreed with protesters who are skeptical about the event’s eventual impact.
“I think anyone who focuses on the environment should be concerned. We have much more to do beyond what we have done. However, we have done more than we have ever done, that’s the point, and there is more to do, “said Biden.
But the president added that he is optimistic that people are seeing for themselves the catastrophic impacts of climate change. He cited the deadly flooding that resulted from Hurricane Ida in Queens, NY, in September.
“Things are changing. We just have to have the right management and the right sense as world leaders to get it right,” he said.
Brett Samuels contributed to this report.