The U.S. and China might resume climate talks soon, Jerry Brown says


Good morning and welcome to The Climate 202! We hope you had a good weekend though unseasonably warm weather. Below we have some updates about COP27 The climate talks took place in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. But first:

The US and China could resume climate talks soon, according to former California governor Jerry Brown

As world leaders gathered in Egypt this week for the annual United Nations climate peak, known as COP27China and the United States are no longer talking about their mutual efforts to slow down the catastrophic warming of the Earth, creating yet another obstacle to the already strained negotiations.

But former California governor Jerry Brown (D), who founded the California-China Climate Institute at the University of California at Berkeley, remains optimistic that the world’s two largest greenhouse gas emitters will continue their cooperation on climate change soon.

“I think it’s only temporary,” Brown said in a phone interview with The Climate 202 on Friday, referring to Beijing’s decision to suspend climate talks with the United States in response to the House Speaker’s visit. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to Taiwan.

“I think China has a level of rationality among its leadership elite,” he added. “And it’s really irrational not to work with America on climate. It’s — regardless of what you think about Taiwan.

Despite the breakdown of communication at the national level, Brown said the leaders of the California-China Climate Institute have continued to engage with their peers at Chinese universities and research institutions.

“At the subnational level, China is still open to discussion,” he said. “I wouldn’t say we’ve had a strong dialogue, but we’re still planning meetings, and there’s still an exchange of emails and information.”

Brown said he is not attending COP27, although he will be closely monitoring the talks from his ranch in Colusa County, California. Mary Nicholsvice chairman of the institute and former chairman of California Air Resources Boardwill probably try to meet with Chinese officials at the summit.

Asked if it was a mistake for Pelosi to visit Taipei, Brown demurred.

“Some people blame China,” he said. “Some people say that America is very provocative. Look, there are different points of view. My one big point of view is that climate should occupy a bigger place … in the minds of most political leaders.

In the last year COP26 Climate talks in Scotland, the United States and China issued a joint pledge to take “enhanced climate action” to meet the more ambitious goals of the 2015 Paris Agreement: limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) above preindustrial levels.

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The announcement came after nearly 30 meetings between US climate envoys John F. Kerry and a veteran Chinese climate negotiator Xie Zhenhua. The men have known each other for years, and in 2014, they helped broker the agreement that paved the way for the Paris accord.

Because Beijing broke off talks with Washington, Kerry and Xie did not schedule additional meetings, according to a Provincial Department spokesperson But Brown predicted that Kerry would try to reconnect with his Chinese counterpart in person during the COP27 talks in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.

Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Whitney Smith, declined to comment on the matter. But Kerry recently told the New York Times about Xie: “We’ve been sending a bunch of other messages trying to figure out how to resume.”

Still, Kerry stressed that the decision ultimately lies with the Chinese President Xi Jinpingare skipping the climate conference.

Meanwhile, President Biden will not attend the summit of world leaders on Monday and Tuesday that kicks off the conference, given a scheduling conflict with Tuesday’s midterm elections, where Democrats are expected to do badly.

Instead, Biden will travel to Sharm el-Sheikh on Friday before heading to Bali, Indonesia, for Group 20 peak, that is The White Building confirmed last week.

Some observers expressed concern that Biden’s early absence could create a leadership vacuum. But Brown praised the president for attending the summit at all, citing the expected absence of Xi and the Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“He showed up; he was getting on a plane,” Brown said. “It shows goodwill. So I won’t argue about the calendar date.

It’s crucial, Brown added, that Biden and Xi “find a way to talk” at the G-20.

“They can’t just talk about little things,” he said. “They need to say how China can coexist with America. … Maybe both need to change in order to provide enough space for them on the same planet.”

Initially, the COP27 agenda included ‘loss and damage’

Official agenda at COP27 includes a discussion on whether rich countries should compensate poor countries for increased damage related to climate change, marking the first time the controversial topic will be formally discussed, Gloria Dickie and Kate Abnett reports for Reuters.

Delegates from nearly 200 countries agreed to debate the problem, known as “loss and destruction” in the parlance of international climate talks, despite long-standing resistance from the United States and the European Union.

Pressure to solve the problem has increased amid severe weather in vulnerable countries, including this year’s floods in Pakistan that displaced hundreds of thousands of people and caused about $30 billion in damage, The Washington Post’s Sarah Kaplan and Susannah George report. Pakistan is leading a bloc of more than 100 developing countries that have called for a special disaster relief fund that hard-hit countries can rely on for immediate relief after a disaster.

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Meanwhile, the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Monday urged the creation of a “historic pact” between wealthier and developing countries to meet global climate goals, stressing that the United States and China have a “special responsibility to join efforts to make this pact a reality,” The Post’s Allyson Ciu report.

“We are in the fight of our lives, and we are losing,” Guterres said during the opening ceremony of the summit of world leaders, adding, “We are on the highway to climate hell with our foot on the accelerator.”

UK Sunak announces climate investment at COP27

Britain’s new prime minister, Rishi Sunakwill unveil some climate investments in COP27 in a bid to reassert UK leadership on climate change a year after hosting COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Sunak will promise that in the UK’s commitment to spend $13.1 billion on international climate finance, the country will double funding for climate adaptation as part of the budget, from $565.4 million in 2019 to $1.6 billion in 2025.

In addition, the British will run it Forests and Climate Leaders’ PartnershipThe group will initially include 20 countries and will meet twice a year to prevent the loss of forests in the world.

“By honoring the promises we made in Glasgow, we can turn our fight against climate change into a global mission for new jobs and clean growth,” Sunak will tell other world leaders on Monday.

The fresh commitment comes after Sunak faced criticism from the environment and some world leaders for his initial decision not to attend COP27 due to other domestic duties. On the contrary, Sunak said last week that he would attend the summit and that “there is no long-term prosperity without action on climate change.”

In the shift, the US says the company is pivotal to the success of the climate talks’

The Biden administration is pushing corporations to strengthen their climate commitments during COP27 and spend more money to help poor countries cope with climate disasters, reflecting a shift in the US approach to international climate negotiations, The Post’s Evan Halper and Timoteus Puko report.

While government action usually dominates the talk, this year corporations are in the spotlight as nations struggle with how to finance and implement commitments previously made amid the war in Ukraine and other global crises.

John D. Podestasenior advisor for President Biden on climate change, said in an interview that government funding alone cannot cover the vast majority of vulnerable countries that really need to deal with the ravages of global warming.

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“We’re talking billions when the need is trillions,” he said. “We have to unlock it [private-sector] The capacity for people to invest in building a clean-energy future or we will miss our development goals and climate goals.

Manchin disputed Biden’s comments about shutting down coal plants

The The White Building spent Saturday trying to tamp down criticism from Senator Joe Manchin III (DW.Va.) of President BidenComment ‘s suggesting coal plants across the country should be closed, The Post’s Eugene said and John Wagner report.

Speaking at an event Friday in Carlsbad, California, to highlight the Democratic Party’s performance in the run-up to the midterm elections, Biden championed clean energy and suggested coal plants should be a thing of the past. “We’re going to close these plants across America and have wind and solar,” he said.

The remarks drew a rebuke from Manchin, who represents a coal-producing state with longstanding financial ties to the coal industry.

“Comments like this are the reason the American public has lost faith in President Biden,” Manchin said, adding that the statement was “slanderous and divorced from reality.”

The Manchin family business has made millions by taking waste coal from long-abandoned mines and selling it to power plants in West Virginia. The public spat between two prominent Democrats comes days before the midterms, which risks the party losing control of both chambers of Congress.

Republicans on House panel release report on ‘war on domestic energy’

The Republicans House Oversight and Reform Committee on Monday released a report on what they described as “Democrats’ war on domestic energy production.”

The 32-page document outlines how GOP lawmakers on the panel will seek to scrutinize it President Biden‘s energy policy if their party takes control of the DPR in the midterm elections.

The report stated that Biden and the Democrats have been “at war on American energy producers, driving up energy prices for the American people, killing good jobs in the energy sector, and endangering our nation’s security.”

It urged the administration to take steps to boost fossil fuel production and exports, despite calls from leading scientists to quickly phase out fossil fuel use to prevent climate catastrophe.

“Instead of targeting industries that provide good-paying jobs and affordable energy for all Americans, Republicans are committed to advancing policy solutions that eliminate domestic energy production and put the interests of the American people first,” Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.) said in a statement.


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