COP26: Glasgow Quotables
Biden shows up empty-handed.
MY TAKE…If Biden's only purpose in attending COP26 is rallying his ColdWar alliance against China, he might as well have stayed home. The U.S. has pumped more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere than any other nation and Biden has come to Europe empty-handed when it comes to convincing the rest of the world that the U.S. is finally serious about addressing climate change and that others should follow its lead.
"As citizens across the planet, we urge you to face up to the climate emergency. Not next year. Not next month. Now," Swedish activist Greta Thunberg tweeted, asking her millions of followers to sign an open letter accusing leaders of betrayal. — Reuters
Glasgow has to be a turning point, a point at which nations shift into high gear… The call is to change the world, and the job is entirely possible. — Guardian
Rachael Osgood, director of immigration at Cop26 Coalition
“[COP26] because of multiple combining factors, most of which fall under the responsibility of government, is set to be the most elite and exclusionary COP ever held.” — Guardian
Li Shuo, Greenpeace East Asia
“[COP26 success] depends on the U.S.- China dynamic and whether the two countries are clear-eyed enough to see that the climate crisis is a long-term challenge and that they need to manage their differences carefully, so we don’t have a blow-up.” — China Watcher
French President Emmanuel Macron
A crack in the ColdWar alliance. France got f**ked on nuke sub deal. Macron tells Aussies, the thrill is gone. — Reuters
John Kerry, U.S. climate envoy
If Congress fails to pass legislation for significant action on climate by the United States itself, "it would be like President Trump pulling out of the Paris agreement, again.” — ABC News
Pres. Biden prays for help on BBB
Biden said on Sunday that his Build Back Better climate and social spending bill will be voted on sometime this week, "God willing." — Reuters
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