No single country can solve the climate crisis — and the American pursuit of greater research and vogue on climate change is no longer a counter to China, the Biden administration’s climate envoy John Kerry told CNBC on Sunday.
“No one nation can solve this situation by itself — unimaginable. Each of us want all people else at the table to make this happen,” Kerry told CNBC’s Hadley Gamble in Abu Dhabi after wrapping up the UAE’s Regional Climate Dialogue, all in which he toured renewable energy facilities in the oil-rich Gulf state.
This is about China, the United States, India, Russia, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Australia, a bunch of countries that are emitting a fairly sizable amount, the United States and China the most.
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President Joe Biden has made tackling climate change a key priority of his administration. His clean energy measures — which encompass public funding for electric automobiles (EVs), hundreds of thousands of additional EV charging ports, and retrofitting buildings and homes — are aimed at achieving the prolonged-time duration goal of web-zero emissions by 2050, the White Dwelling has said.
And his massive $2 trillion infrastructure proposal, if signed into law, can be one in all America’s largest federal efforts ever to stem its greenhouse gas emissions.
The plan would gawk the U.S. make investments $35 billion into clean applied sciences and exercise $174 billion on overhauling the country’s EV market. But that aloof pales in comparison to what China has spent on clean energy research and vogue in present years.
China’s R&D spending climbed 10.3% to $378 billion in 2020, outpacing the U.S., according to the China’s National Bureau of Statistics. China also accounts for around 30% of the world’s CO2 emissions, more than twice that of the U.S.
Asked if that issues him, Kerry said it would not.
“No, I am no longer skittish in the least, because President Biden has a plan,” he said. Kerry served as secretary of state below President Barack Obama, when Biden was vp.
“I have faith that this is a titanic financial opportunity, no longer lawful for the United States with people all around the world,” he said. “This is no longer about China, this is no longer a counter to China. This is about China, the United States, India, Russia, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Australia, a bunch of countries that are emitting a fairly sizable amount, the United States and China the most.”
Kerry added that the U.S. and China make up nearly 45% of all global emissions.
Adding Europe to the list accounts for half the global total. Europe has arguably made greater growth than both China or the United States at attempting to leisurely climate change.
“So three entities want to work together with a lot of alternative countries to be serious about cutting back emissions, and to address this second of history,” Kerry said.
“We will proceed to want gas, certainly for a time frame, oil for a duration in a transition,” Kerry added. “We have to transition [away from fossil fuels] here. No one can fake that you can lawful wave a magic wand and increase, in a single day, you are going to impulsively have renewables in every single place.”
China and the U.S. remain at loggerheads over various issues — particularly on trade, human rights, intellectual property and technology.
The U.S. delegation led by Secretary of State Antony Blinken (C) and flanked by National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan (R), face their Chinese counterparts at the opening session of U.S.-China talks at the Captain Cook dinner Hotel in Anchorage, Alaska on March 18, 2021.
Frederic J. Brown | Reuters