Interrupting leaders’ speeches on their efforts to save the planet to bring you breaking news out of the west coast. It’s official – Caitlyn Jenner, the former Olympic decathlete, reality TV star and transgender activist, has filed her initial paperwork to run for governor of California.
In a scoopette, the Axios website brings us the news that:
Of course you don’t launch a campaign until you have some merch, especially if you are Jenner, who’s connected to the wider Kardashian universe.
Jenner’s website announcing her run for governor – “I’m in !” – (there is officially a space between in and !) already has a whole section where you can buy mugs, tee shirts, caps, bumper stickers and glassware with a symbol of a shooting star over her simple slogan: “Caitlyn for California”.
Boom. Newsom’s had a patchy track record tackling the coronavirus pandemic in California. More background soon.
In a short addess, the point that jumped out was this from US president Joe Biden.
“I’m very heartened by President Putin’s call yesterday for the world to collaborate and advance carbon dioxide removal, and the United States look forward to working with Russia and other countries in that endeavor. It has great promise.”
HuffPost though Potus was “rocking a great suit”.
Certainly makes a change from Donald Trump’s repurposed shiny curtains.
Here’s the president.
Joe Biden says that the second and final day of the virtual global leaders climate summit is “not about the threat” of the climate emergency “it’s about the opportunity that addressing climate change provides”
The US president said that the commitments made so far, such as the US yesterday pledging to halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, was “the start of a road that takes us to Glasgow [COP26], in November, where we will make these commitments real.”
In November, the Scottish city hosts the COP26 United Nations climate change conference.
Biden said today the summit will hear from leaders of Spain, Nigeria, Vietnam and Poland, as well as business leaders, such as Mike Bloomberg and Bill Gates, and the Biden administration’s transportation secretary, Pete Buttiegieg.
As commerce secretary Gina Raimondo provides the warm-up act to the president at the virtual world climate summit, an independent research organization says the American goal to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 50% to 52% from 2005 levels puts the United States among the four most ambitious nations in curbing climate change, the Associated Press reports this morning.
The AP brings us this news:
John Kerry, Biden’s climate envoy, is speaking now, talking about the problem of a lack of governmental willpower around the world holding back progress in tackling the climate crisis.
Joe Biden will take the podium in the east room at the White House very shortly.
The title of his address is: “The Economic Opportunities of Climate Action.”
My environment correspondent colleague Oliver Milman previews the main thrust today about job creation:
The White House is bringing out the billionaires, the CEOs and the union executives Friday to help sell Joe Biden’s climate-friendly transformation of the US economy at his virtual summit of world leaders.
The closing day of the two-day summit on the climate crisis is to feature Bill Gates and Mike Bloomberg, steelworker and electrical union leaders and executives for solar and other renewable energy.
Biden vows to slash US emissions by half to meet ‘existential crisis of our time’.
It’s all in service of an argument US officials say will make or break the president’s climate agenda: pouring trillions of dollars into clean-energy technology, research and infrastructure will jet-pack a competitive US economy into the future and create jobs, while saving the planet.
The new urgency comes as scientists say that the climate crisis caused by coal plants, car engines and other fossil fuel use is worsening droughts, floods, hurricanes, wildfires and other disasters and that humans are running out of time to stave off catastrophic extremes of global warming.
The event has featured the world’s major powers – and major polluters – pledging to cooperate on cutting petroleum and coal emissions that are rapidly warming the planet.
Yesterday, Biden called upon the world to confront the climate crisis and “overcome the existential crisis of our time”, as he unveiled an ambitious new pledge to slash US planet-heating emissions in half by the end of the decade.
Addressing the opening of a gathering of more than 40 world leaders in an Earth Day climate summit, Biden warned that “time is short” to address dangerous global heating and urged other countries to do more.
Shortly before the start of the summit, the White House said the US will aim to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by between 50% and 52% by 2030, based on 2005 levels. Biden said the new US goal will set it on the path to net zero emissions by 2050 and that other countries now needed to also raise their ambition.
Good morning, US politics liveblog readers, there’s a lot going on in Washington today and we’ll bring you all the developments here, so please strap in and hold tight for a lively Friday.