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Joe Biden's Optimism at COP27

At COP27, President Joe Biden expressed his optimism on the global transformation to combat climate change.

The President said,  "I came to the presidency determined to make the transformational changes that are needed — that America needs to make and we have to do for the rest of the world to overcome decades of opposition and obstacles of progress on this issue alone; to reestablish the United States as a trustworthy, committed, global leader on climate.

"As I stand here before you, we’ve taken enormous strides to achieve that. 

"But I don’t stand here alone.  This progress is being driven by young people all across America.  Like young people worldwide, they feel the urgency of climate, and they feel it deeply.  They’re committed to these issues.  They know the stakes, and that’s the world we’re creating.

"This is not to stand by and allow us to fail in this responsibility.  We can’t.  That’s why, as I look out, of all the things that we’ve accomplished, with so much more to do, I’m optimistic.

"For all the work that remains to be done, we must put down significant progress markers.  The United States has taken enduring steps to meet our goals.  We’re delivering on our leadership promise, and more and more of the world is standing with us.

"Though determined diplomacy is necessary, we’re finding consensus, building and understanding and launching new approaches.  And the inspiring passion of young people, civil society, climate activists, and Indigenous communities are literally galvanizing the world.

"Yes, our challenges are great, but our capacity is greater than the challenges.  We must never doubt that."


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