Spending deal undermines Biden’s UN climate pledge
Spending legislation President Joe Biden signed Tuesday provides about a third of the money the White House, House and Senate wanted to spend on international climate programs and cut all Congressional money for a fund. enabling low-income countries to mitigate and adapt. to the impacts of climate change.
In its budget request for fiscal year 2022, the administration called for about $2.7 billion in international climate funding, up from $669 million the previous fiscal year, while House Appropriation officials requested about $2.8 billion and their Senate counterparts approved about $3.13 billion.
But the final deal will allocate far less than the three parties wanted: about $1.06 billion.
“We’re surprised,” said Rachel Cleetus, policy director of the Union of Concerned Scientists’ climate and energy program, in an interview. “I am unable to explain why it has come to this.”
The spending bill cut funding for the Green Climate Fund, a United Nations project to help emerging economies prepare for and mitigate climate change, and cut funding for the Clean Technology Fund, which funds low-carbon energy projects. It also cut contributions to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which manages global efforts to combat climate change, and to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which studies climate change. of the climate. And he cut money for a fund to meet Montreal Protocol targets to reduce emissions of ozone-depleting chemicals.