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Biden announces US greenhouse gas emissions goal, cites ‘moral imperative’

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President Biden, citing a “moral imperative,” has announced an ambitious goal to battle climate change by pledging to cut greenhouse gas emissions in the US by 52 percent by 2035.

The president, speaking at a White House virtual summit of 40 world leaders Thursday, said that in order to keep global warming at a maximum of 1.5 degrees Celsius, nations around the globe must sign on to the effort to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

They “must get on the path now in order to do that. If we do, we’ll breathe easier, literally and figuratively. We’ll create good jobs here at home for millions of Americans and lay a strong foundation with growth for the future,” he said.

Biden said that could be their goal as well.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a virtual international climate summit with US President Joe Biden in Berlin, Germany
German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a virtual international climate summit with US President Joe Biden in Berlin, Germany
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“This is a moral imperative and economic imperative. A moment of peril, but also a moment of extraordinary possibilities. Time is short, but I believe we can do this. I believe that we will do this,” he told the gathering of world leaders.

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