Biden at G7 summit: "You know, we had a President last who basically said, not a problem, global warming. It is the existential problem facing humanity. And ah, it’s been treated that way. So we’re going to provide up to $2 billion dollars to support developing company, countries as they transition away from unabated coal-fired power. Ah, in addition, we also agreed to tackle corruption, which is threat to societies everywhere."
Former President Donald Trump: “Biden just said that he was told by the Joint Chiefs of Staff that Climate Change is our greatest threat. If that is the case, and they actually said this, he ought to immediately fire the Joint Chiefs of Staff for being incompetent!” Trump said in a statement on Thursday.
"When I met with my counterparts around the world, it was pretty clear Mike Pompeo showed up to make sure Americans were more prosperous and more secure and safer. When this administration has these conversations, if the other side will offer them a little bit of a carbon reduction, or, worse yet, a promise of some future carbon reduction—kind of like wimpiest burger tomorrow—these folks are willing to trade things that matter the security interests that matter to the American people. So my comments were, we all want clean air, we all want safe drinking water, but to hand over the American economy to bust the American worker to get the Green New Deal done on the back of the American worker does indeed put America behind the interests of other countries.” — Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
Steve Milloy: Joe Biden’s climate plan will put America at the mercy of its superpower rival, China. ... The technologies involved in wind and solar power and electric vehicles are much more reliant than their conventional alternatives on metals and minerals including copper, lithium, nickel, manganese, cobalt, graphite chromium, molybdenum, zinc, rare-earths and silicon. ...
Wind and solar technologies require about three to eight times more of these materials per megawatt of electricity than coal and natural gas plants. Electric cars require about five times more of these materials than conventional cars. Joe Biden’s climate agenda involves replacing the coal and gas plants powering our electrical grid with wind and solar farms. He also wants to replace gasoline-powered cars, buses and trucks with electric vehicles.
The IEA reports that China is one of the top three locations for the mining of copper, nickel, rare-earths and lithium. When it comes to mining rare-earths, China is responsible for 60% of global extraction. But there’s more to these essential materials than mining; they must be processed as well. When it comes to processing the ores, China is the leader for all of them plus cobalt, the latter of which is mostly mined in the Congo. China processes about 35% of the global nickel supply, 40% of copper, 55% of lithium, 65% of cobalt and 85% of rare-earths.
President Trump was right – being in the Paris Climate Accord was not in America’s best interests. Especially since the US is listed among countries with the cleanest air in the world, according to the W.H.O… That’s after all the G7 countries whined about Trump removing us from the accords in 2017
In its 2018 report (& 2019 report) on air pollution, the W.H.O. ranked the United States among the countries with the cleanest air in the world, significantly cleaner than the air in Germany, Italy, Switzerland, the UK, Japan, Austria, and France.
WHO 2019 report: "Northern America remains one of the regions with the lowest overall PM2.5 levels worldwide."