President Joe Biden will deliver a “personal commitment” to the fight against climate change during an address at the Glasgow COP26 summit on Monday.
In a speech at the conference, Biden “will talk about what the United States is prepared to do to fulfill its obligation, including the investments we are making, the goals we intend to achieve, to the times compared to 2030 and 2050, ”he said. The national security adviser told reporters aboard Air Force One as Biden flew from Rome to Scotland.
Biden is expected to speak later Monday morning. In his speech, Biden “will also talk about the progress we’ve made this year and the momentum we’ve built, and then he’ll talk about the work that needs to be done,” Jake Sullivan said.
He will also express his conviction that this is a false choice between progress on the climate and economic results.
“The right kind of strategy can and will deliver both,” Sullivan said, citing Biden’s pending legislative agenda that contains $ 555 billion in climate provisions.
His speech will seek to coax other nations into taking their own bold steps to tackle climate change.
“The speech will be a clarion call, it will be a very strong declaration of his personal commitment, of our country’s commitment, not only to do our part but to help lead the world by mobilizing and catalyzing the necessary action. to achieve our goals, ”Sullivan said.
Seeking to meet the somewhat cooled expectations of the Glasgow summit by foreign leaders and others, Sullivan insisted the mood remained upbeat. He said setting the bar high was necessary to get results.
“Anytime you head to a top where you’re trying to achieve a very high ambition, there’s a certain motivation around ‘we’ve done some things, but we haven’t done enough’ as sort of ‘state of mind. It’s not a bad thing, because I think we want the whole world to feel the pressure to step up and do more, ”he said.
He said Biden was eager to discuss his major spending bills with other world leaders, despite uncertainty over when they will pass in Congress.
“What we discovered over the weekend is that world leaders are a sophisticated bunch. They understand that the legislative process takes time. Legislation needs to be finalized, votes need to be cast, but there is a strong expectation that it can and will happen, and it can and will happen in the short term, ”Sullivan added.