Joe Biden Apologizes To Other Countries About Trump’s Actions

( President Joe Biden is attending a very public United Nations Climate Change Conference this week, and he took some time on Monday to apologize for the actions of his predecessor.

On Monday, he gave a speech in Scotland in which he apologized for the decision that former President Donald Trump made to pull the United States out of the Paris climate accord.

He said:

“I guess I shouldn’t apologize, but I do apologize for the fact the United States, the last administration, pulled out of the Paris accords and put us sort of behind the eight ball a little bit.”

Biden added that the world is now in a “decisive decade” that would ultimately determine just how extensive of damage rising temperatures across the globe will cause.

He continued:

“It’s simple. Will we act? Will we do what is necessary? Will we seize the enormous opportunity before us, or will we condemn future generations to suffering?

“Climate change is already ravaging the world. It’s not hypothetical. In the past few months, the United States has experienced all of this, and every region of the world can tell a similar story.”

Biden gave his speech to many world leaders in the downtown Glasgow convention hall where almost 20,000 people were trying to pass through checkpoints to clear them for security.

The president has been aiming to restore the United States as a global leader on climate change — something that many people feel the country lost under Trump. His speech painted a dark picture if nothing is done, but also noted the big change that must be made in transitioning away from an economy based on fossil fuels.

He said:

“We are standing at an inflection point in world history. We have the ability to invest in ourselves and build an equitable clean energy future.”

Not surprisingly, the Biden administration timed the release of the framework for two U.S. climate actions with his speech in Scotland. One seemingly will seek to cut all greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050.

One of the plans, referred to as PREPARE, would give out $3 billion each year to many developing nations, helping them to prepare and adapt to some of the effects climate change could bring.

The other is a Long-Term Strategy that would show how the U.S. could achieve the goal of net-zero emissions by 2050. America is the largest emitter of greenhouse gases in the world right now.

The speech Biden gave and the plans the administration released also coincided with a trip Vice President Kamala Harris made this week to New York City. Along with Jennifer Granholm, the energy secretary, the VP is celebrating the roll out of an investment of $127 million in transitioning the city to clean trucks.

It seems apparent that the Biden administration is hoping that by showing “real change” in energy, it will be able to convince other large countries such as India and China to do the same.