The world’s twenty largest countries are meeting in Scotland. The agenda will include climate change, the 2022 Olympics, and global taxes.
Climate change was at the top of the agenda for the Group of 20 meeting in Glasgow, Scotland.
- The group of countries will pledge to fight climate change despite the fact that “carbon levels in the atmosphere” have increased since the 2015 Paris Agreement that aimed to lower global temperatures.
- The G20 climate summit is considered a make-or-break moment for President Biden, who is fighting to keep his legislative climate legacy alive in a gridlocked Congress.
- Among the nations attending, Australia, India, China, and Russia are holding up a fast phase-out of coal-generated power.
- Some are criticizing the meeting, saying it is not as important as other claim it to be.
- Climate change is not the only controversial topic: the 2022 Olympics in China is the subject of political posturing as China wants a commitment from the G-20 that their games are “a symbol of humanity’s resilience and global unity” as an anti-COVID statement.
- The New York Times wondered aloud how “rising nationalism” will complicate “the need for collective action to tackle” the “urgent, existential global threat” of climate change.
- CNN’s analysis of the upcoming event covers the absence of Russian President Vladmir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping, saying it is indicative of their decreasing concern about global cooperation.
- Vox pulled no punches and laid “the fate of the planet” on the G20 meeting this week.
- Newsmax focused on the aspirations of a 15% global corporate minimum tax agreed to by the G-20 nations.
- Daily Caller also highlighted the 15% corporate tax, saying it would “prevent corporations from operating overseas to avoid taxes.”
- Breitbart criticized Biden for a gigantic motorcade for a climate conference while reporting on comments from Bjorn Lomborg, a Danish scientist warning against “climate panic” at the conference.
© Dallas Gerber, 2021