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Biden criticizes China, Russia for failing to show leadership on climate change

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Putin and Xi didn't burn the jet fuel flying to a summit, all the details of which had already been worked out by diplomats and negotiators in advance. It is pointless, scripted theatre and there was no reason for so many people to fly there for photo opportunities. You can conduct business on Zoom, you can conduct diplomacy on Zoom. The only thing you can't do on Zoom is be a tourist, because that requires you to be somewhere. Yet they ban tourism and permit business folk and politicians to travel.

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China has done far more than what America has done since the start of the Industrial Revolution. It has planted an endless number of trees to try and combat the encroachment of deserts, built rail infrastructure to limit its reliance on air travel, put emphasis on electric vehicles, put money into renewable energy whereas America has done nothing. USA previously killed off attempts at the electric car, will take several decades to build the California high speed rail (I'll be dead before it's finished).

Per capita, China is nowhere near the top when it comes to carbon emissions. The total amount is the highest because it is manufacturing goods for everyone around the world. You want China to emit less? Then make your own goods in your own country. China has also stopped accepting your plastic garbage. Deal with it yourself.

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Both China and Russia joined the meeting remotely and did participate in sessions, so what's the problem? If anything, they saved the environment by not flying in. Biden, on the other hand, drove around in a 100-car motorcade and took naps during presentations, is that "leadership"?

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Biden likes to criticize China, Russia, korea and everyone while making exuses and apologizing for trump.

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Biden criticizes China, Russia for failing to show leadership on climate change

China and Russia don't care what Biden thinks. Biden is irrelevant on the world stage.

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The thing is that China didn't 'walk away', the world's biggest producer of carbon free energy is walking the walk, and doesn't need to 'blah, blah, blah'.

On the other hand, the US leadership so far is basically just repeating Biden's campaign promises that his party has already cut from the budget.

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The thing is that China didn't 'walk away',

Totally agree, to walk away you first need to be there. China was too scared to even turn up.

the world's biggest producer of carbon free energy is walking the walk, and doesn't need to 'blah, blah, blah'. 

Yes by staying silent and doing nothing, China is walking the walk!!!

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Why would Russia have to take "leadership" when supposedly they're just an irrelevant third world economy?

It is a joke, the Russian economy is roughly a tenth the size of the U.S.

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bass4funkToday  09:24 am JST

Why would Russia have to take "leadership" when supposedly they're just an irrelevant third world economy?

It is a joke, the Russian economy is roughly a tenth the size of the U.S.

Totally agree dear sir, Russia is a joke.

Wonder why the former guy genuflected to putin so much!!!

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The US will walk away from climate change issue after 2024 AGAIN!

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A true leader leads and doesn't ask why someone else isn't leading.

Biden, get on with the job in your own country and show the rest of the world the way. If you can....

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Just wondering why Biden wants Russia, out of 200 other countries, to take global leadership on this issue?

Why not ask New Zealand or Canada to do it?

Canada attended and are already taking steps to combat global warming, as are New Zealand.

Russia and China are in the top 5 biggest polluters (as is America, yes we know). So clearly they have a responsibility and failure to follow that is rightfully deserving of criticism.

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Remember that the reason why the US was able to rejoin the Climate Accord is that he didn't have to get the US in compliance to do so.

If he had, well, he'd be as close to being able to rejoin it as he is to rejoining the JCPOA (further away every day of his Presidency).

Oh, and his outrage at Iran for daring to stay within the terms of the JCPOA (Trump COULDN'T invoke the 'snapback clause' because Iran was COMPLETELY in compliance. Iran could, and has, because the US was NEVER in compliance) with insistence that Iran needs to be the one to change what it is doing is why China didn't bother attending the very stage managed conference.

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Why would Russia have to take "leadership" when supposedly they're just an irrelevant third world economy?

putin cannot show leadership even in his own country.

His tundra is burning -- literally, the tundra is burning. He has serious, serious climate problems, and he is mum on willingness to do anything," he said.

He’s too busy bumping off his opponents, climate matters little to him.

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Both China and Russia joined the meeting remotely and did participate in sessions, so what's the problem? If anything, they saved the environment by not flying in.

Xi is flying across China every day trying to drum up support for his brutal rule, did he forget the climate when doing that?

Why not admit that he is too scared of leaving China and getting toppled!!!

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Thank goodness we now have a President who is clear-eyed when it comes to America's adversaries and the threats they pose; Biden has said "Xi doesn't have a democratic bone in his body", and that Putin "is a killer".....

Quite the change of the past four years of "President Xi is my friend", and "I like Putin a lot"...

https://news.yahoo.com/trump-praised-xi-jinping-vladimir-150916066.html

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Xi, who leads the world's largest emitter of carbon emissions responsible for climate change, has not travelled outside of China since the beginnings of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020.

Xi is running scared. He’s afraid if he leaves the country they will topple him!!!

Don’t expect any leadership from xi, setting up concentration camps his style!!

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Totally agree dear sir, Russia is a joke.

Agreed.

China and Russia don't care what Biden thinks. Biden is irrelevant on the world stage.

Pretty much.

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