Biden says major economies must speed up climate change efforts, improve energy security

(17 Jun 2022) At the largest gathering of world leaders on climate change before the global climate conference known as COP27, Biden called on major economies to redouble their efforts to combat climate change and improve energy security.

U.S. President Joe Biden on Friday called on China and other major economies to redouble their efforts to combat climate change and improve energy security, warning that Russia's invasion of Ukraine had sharpened the need for urgent action.

At the third virtual gathering of the Major Economies Forum (MEF) under his presidency, Biden urged countries to accelerate moves to cut methane emissions, adopt ambitious targets for zero-emission vehicles and work to clean up global shipping.

He also called on countries to spend a collective $90 billion to speed commercialization of clean technologies, and to develop new fertilizers that cut agricultural emissions and boost food security.

"Russia's brutal and unprovoked assault on the state of Ukraine has fueled a global energy crisis and sharpened the need to achieve long-term reliable energy security and stability," Biden told leaders at the virtual forum.

Biden said it was critical to work together to mitigate the fallout from the war, which has driven up prices worldwide for food and energy.

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