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Biden’s bold, necessary climate strokes

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In climate diplomacy, as in all statecraft, leadership begins at home.

When President Biden went before the United Nations on Tuesday and called for urgent global action to confront the widening climate crisis, he stood taller for pressing the robust clean energy investments contained in his domestic Build Back Better agenda.

And, while vowing to lead “through the power of our example,” Biden did just that. He pledged to double U.S. financial assistance to help developing nations confront what he called “the merciless march” of climate hazard and harm, bringing that aid to some $11.4 billion a year by 2024.

It’s the right thing to do, and Congress should fully fund the pledge.

People living on the jagged frontlines of climate hazard and harm desperately need the help. They’re not responsible for creating the problem. And we have a historic opportunity to advance global equity and narrow the gap between rich and poor by making sure low-income countries have access to the capital and technology driving the low-carbon economy of the future.

Climate change is an onerous burden rich countries have inflicted on lower-income nations. After all, the world’s wealthier nations, making up 51% of the population, account for 86% of the world’s carbon........

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