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Biden apologizes for Trump's Paris Climate Accords withdrawal

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US President Joe Biden at the UN climate summit COP26 on November 1, 2021 in Glasgow, Scotland.
AP Photo/Evan Vucci, PoolUS President Joe Biden at the UN climate summit COP26 on November 1, 2021 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Biden recommitted to the Paris Climate Accords shortly after entering office

United States President Joe Biden apologized for former US president Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accords at the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26).

“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,” the leader explained at the event’s “Action and Solidarity - The Critical Decade” panel.

In 2019, the Trump administration delivered a formal notice to the United Nations that the US would withdraw from the Paris agreement.

However, Biden signed an executive order for the US to rejoin the accords hours after he entered office.

At the COP26 talks, the leader promised to make addressing climate change a key part of his administration’s agenda.

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“My Build Back Better framework will make historic investments in clean energy,” Biden announced.

He detailed that the US would decrease greenhouse gas emissions by 50 to 52 percent below 2005’s levels by 2030.

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“This is the challenge of our collective lifetime - the existential threat to human existence as we know it,” the president explained.

“Every day we delay, the cost of inaction increases. So let this be the moment that we answer history's call here in Glasgow.”