1 hr 52 min agoUS Sen. Markey promises US Congress “will get this job done” on climate billFrom CNN’s Ella Nilsen
Sen. Edward Markey (D-MA) speaks during a rally to highlight the efforts of Congressional Democrats to legislate against climate change outside the U.S. Capitol on October 20, 2021 in Washington, DC. Organized by the League of Conservation Voters, the event hosted Democratic members of both the House of Representatives and the Senate. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey, a longtime climate hawk in the Senate, told COP26 attendees he’s confident Congress will pass President Joe Biden’s climate and economic bill – fulfilling Biden’s commitment to slash greenhouse gases.
“I am telling every representative of every country I am meeting here, we will get this job done,” Markey said. “I am very confident that we will be able to pass the Build Back Better bill. I am very confident that the US will fulfill its commitment to reduce greenhouse gases by 50% by the year 2030.” Markey’s message to those at COP was that America was back and fully engaged in the climate space, after the Trump administration pulled the US out of the Paris Climate Agreement.
“We are going to deliver on our promises that you can turn the page on the Trump era,” Markey said. “We’re putting these [clean energy] tax breaks on the book for a 10-year period. We’re going to act on methane. There will be a climate bank inside of this legislation for $22 billion that will unleash approximately $200 billion worth of private sector investment in new clean energy technologies.”
Markey spoke at COP26 hours after the US House passed Biden’s bipartisan infrastructure bill, sending it to the president’s desk. But Congress still hasn’t passed Biden’s remaining $1.75 trillion climate and economic bill, and a vote on that will likely be delayed until before Thanksgiving.
House progressive lawmakers said they had secured a commitment from moderates they would vote for the major climate and economic legislation, but some climate advocates are uneasy.
Ramon Cruz, the president of the Sierra Club, told Markey at Saturday’s COP26 event that the House vote on the infrastructure bill was not “ideal” from his point of view.
“The events of last night in the US, unfortunately, are not ideal for us,” Cruz said. “It had been the intent of the Progressive Caucus members to go together hand in hand with the legislation that is really transformational – that changes people’s lives.”1 hr 35 min agoCOP26 President Alok Sharma welcomes US infrastructure bill as progress on climateFrom Angela Dewan in Glasgow
COP26 President, Alok Sharma speaksduring the Unifying for Change: The Global Youth Voice event on day six of the Cop 26 Summit at the SEC on November 4, 2021 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)COP26 President Alok Sharma has welcomed the passage of the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill in the US Congress, saying that he hopes it will provide momentum for climate talks at Glasgow.
“As I’ve said before, I’m pleased we had a US administration that has put the US back in the frontline against climate change,” he said at a news conference in Glasgow.
“I of course welcome the bill and I think it will help provide further momentum,” he said.
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1 hr 48 min agoDelegates at COP26 react to US passing infrastructure billFrom CNN’s Amy Cassidy
President Joe Biden calls on reporters for questions as he speaks about the bipartisan infrastructure bill in the State Dinning Room of the White House, Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021, in Washington. (Alex Brandon/AP)The US Congress passed a $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill Friday night, which will invest tens of billions of dollars in improving the electric grid and water systems. It also includes funding for a nationwide network of plug-in electric vehicle chargers.
But Congress is still negotiating a larger climate and economic passage, that analyses show would go a long way to help the US achieve President Joe Biden’s goal to slash US greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030.
On Saturday, COP26 delegates reacted to the infrastructure bill’s passage.
“I’m really looking forward to what Joe Biden is going to do and I have a lot of hope,” said Alexander Reyes-Knoch, a member of the Peruvian delegation. “I think at least more than half of the world has a great hope of how the US will position itself and will be part of this movement.” Elias Spiekermann, Germany’s Ministry for Environment Delegation, said it will “absolutely” concern him if Biden’s climate and economic bill does not pass through Congress.
Asked if he would support the White House exercising executive powers to help get Biden’s agenda through, Spiekermann continued:
“I mean, that’s good for the climate. But then again, I guess it’s also difficult to sell this to the American population,” Spiekermann said. “Because it’s probably difficult to make people understand why you should do it if you have a strong political group against it. So it is a sensitive topic, I guess.”Samuel Vandermeulan, an environmental studies and political science student from the US who is attending COP26, expressed concern about the politics of climate change in the country.
“This is a good step. But the fact that something as important as climate change is still politically controversial in the US is embarrassing, I think,” Vandermeulan said. “And so I’m very happy that as an American, that Biden seems to be taking a stronger stance in the world stage. But … the rest of the world should be viewing it through a lens of skepticism until more substantive change comes about.”
3 hr 17 min agoFrom Scotland to Indonesia, protests around the world are calling for climate justiceAs the climate summit continues in Glasgow on Saturday, thousands of people are demonstrating across the world, demanding that leaders take action on the climate crisis.
Here’s a look at the climate protests unfolding across the globe today:
Demonstrators speak into megaphones during a protest as the COP26 UN Climate Change Conference takes place, in Glasgow, Scotland, on November 6. (Hannah McKay/Reuters)Members of the climate action group Extinction Rebellion lay in the street during a protest in Brussels, Belgium, November 6. (Julien Warnand/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock)A large puppet of a burning Koala is seen used by extinction rebellion protestors as they conducted a mock funeral on November 6, in Melbourne, Australia. (Asanka Ratnayake/Getty Images)Members of the ‘climate crisis resistance alliance’ hold a protest in Palu, Indonesia, on November 6. (Adi Pranata/ZUMA Wire)Environmental activists display portraits of world leaders in front of the Paris city hall on November 6, in France. (Christophe Petit Tesson/EPA-EFE-Shutterstock)People participate in a rally during a global day of action on climate change in Seoul, South Korea, on November 6. (Anthony Wallace/AFP/Getty Images)People participate in a rally during a global day of action on climate change in Manila, Philippines, on November 6. (Maria Tan/AFP/Getty Images)3 hr 21 min ago”Grannies against global warming”: Protesters demand climate action for future generationsFrom CNN’s Ivana Kottasová and Amy Cassidy in Glasgow
Liz and Mike Wignall joined the Glasgow demonstrations from Edinburgh. (Ivana Kottasová/CNN)Thousands of climate action activists are marching through Glasgow today, demanding stronger action on the climate crisis as COP26 continues.
As the People’s March kicks off on a rainy day in Glasgow, here’s why some demonstrators say they’ve taken to the streets.
Alex Sidney, 18, cycled some 214 kilometers (132 miles) from Manchester to Glasgow with the environmental organization, Not 1 More.
“We wanted to show that you can travel in a carbon neutral way. It’s a form of protest,” Sidney said.
“I want the leaders to take action. Radical action,” Sidney added.
Alex Sidney, 18, rode his bike from Manchester to Glasgow to demonstrate at COP26, Ivana Kottasová/CNN71-year-old Liz Wignall said that she and her husband, Mike Wignall, had come to Glasgow from Edinburgh to demonstrate in solidarity with younger generations.
“We’re here for our grandchildren and the future generations,” said Liz, who was holding a placard that read “Grannies against global warming.”
“We’re trying to convince [the leaders] that we want a meaningful action,” Mike, 73, said.
“We want them to know that this is not the end,” Liz added.
Tommy McClellan, also from Edinburgh, was playing the bagpipe at the start of the demonstration. The 58-year-ol
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