October 16, 2021

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President Biden kicked off the Climate Leaders Summit Thursday with welcoming remarks, calling on world leaders to take action to fight climate change collectively while announcing a new aggressive target for greenhouse gas emissions.

The first moments of Biden’s remarks, including all of Vice President Kamala Harris’ introductory remarks, were filled with audio problems. The pool was unable to deliver the summit live to TV networks, a last-minute change, so reporters relied on a whitehouse.gov feed.

Biden pointed to the actions the US would take, an effort to reassert US leadership and bring the US back to the center of the global effort to tackle the climate crisis after the Trump administration largely disengaged.

“The signs are unmistakable, the science is undeniable that the cost of inaction continues to rise. The United States is not waiting. We are deciding to act, not just our federal government, but our cities and states across our country, small businesses, large corporations, American workers in every field, ”he said.

Biden focused on the job creation aspect of tackling the climate crisis in his remarks, suggesting he sees “an opportunity to create millions of well-paid middle-class jobs.”

“When I talk about the climate, I think about the works. Within our response to the climate lies tremendous job creation and economic opportunities ready to be ignited, ”Biden said, pushing investment in infrastructure.

“I want to build critical infrastructure to produce and deploy clean technologies, both the ones we can leverage today and the ones we invent tomorrow,” he said.

Harris made brief introductory remarks before Biden, outlining how the leaders present share a common concern about climate change.

“As a global community, it is imperative to act quickly and together,” he said, calling for innovation and collaboration “around the world”.