Fiji welcomes new US plan to curb climate change

Bangkok, Aug 17 (EFE).- The United States’ implementation of an ambitious law that seeks to curb the climate crisis is “a win for the planet,” Fiji’s prime minister said Wednesday.

Pacific island nations such as Fiji are some of the most affected by and vulnerable to the climate crisis due to rising sea levels and more frequent natural disasters.

“President @JoeBiden’s new climate law is the USA’s most important show of solidarity to the Pacific since its re-entry to the Paris Agreement,” Frank Bainimarama wrote on Twitter.

“While we still seek even greater ambition from the world’s largest economy and historic emitter, Fiji welcomes this win for the planet.”

Fiji has previously demanded that global emissions be halved by 2030 and net-zero emissions be achieved no later than 2050.

On Tuesday, Biden signed into law the Inflation Reduction Act, the largest climate investment in American history amounting to some $400 billion and with which it plans to cut some 1 billion metric tons of US greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.

The Pacific Islands Forum (PIF), formed by Oceanian governments, expressed itself along the same lines as Fiji Wednesday, saying that the new law, is “definitely a win” for the planet.

In July, the PIF concluded its multilateral summit with a call for tougher action against climate change.

“I have been clear and consistent in our asks for more ambitious climate commitments,” Bainimarama said at the conclusion of the summit, held between July 11-14 in Suva.

“We simply cannot settle for anything less than the survival of every Pacific Island Country – and that requires that all high emitting economies implement science-based plans to decisively reduce emissions in line with the Paris Agreement’s 1.5-degree temperature threshold.” EFE


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