UNITED STATES: In order to restart stalled global progress on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, John Kerry has encouraged China to sit down and negotiate with the US once more about the climate crisis.
According to Joe Biden, the US president’s special envoy on climate change, ”30% of all emissions come from China. We need to get China”
In the summer, Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the House of Representatives and the third-ranking Democrat in the government, visited Taiwan, which resulted in a crisis in relations between the US and China. Beijing, which asserts sovereignty over the contested islands, viewed this as a serious provocation and effectively severed diplomatic ties.
The inability of the world’s two major polluters to collaborate has hindered efforts to fight climate change. “Are we getting the best chance for where we want to attempt to go in the absence of China? Not in my opinion,” Kerry stated in an interview.
John Kerry spoke about the importance of cooperation between the United States and China. Kerry added, “I believe China and the United States must unavoidably collaborate to do the things necessary to win this battle on climate change and I’m really concerned about the interruption caused by occurrences that have nothing to do with climate.”
Theoretically, the US-China trade freeze should not have an impact on climate change negotiations, which are meant to take place in a separate bubble from other conversations.
The US and China’s relationship broke down just as their cooperation was beginning to seem more promising than it had in years. The surprise revelation of a bilateral agreement by the two nations stunned onlookers at the COP26 UN climate meeting in Glasgow last November. They decided to work on methane, clean technology, and other emission-reduction strategies.
The war in Ukraine, which has increased geopolitical tensions and sent some nations back to coal use, has clouded the outlook for global progress on climate change since COP26.
This has led to additional investments in gas and oil and sent other countries back to coal use. That emphasizes how crucial it is that there be no negotiations between the two largest emitters in the world.