The president of the United States, Joe Biden, fell while out riding his bike this Saturday morning and was uninjured. A video showed the head of state getting up immediately after the incident and was heard saying, “I’m fine.”
I was riding my bike with the first lady, Jill Bidennear your holiday home in Rehoboth Beach, Del.; and he stopped to talk to the people around him after he fell.
Minutes earlier, he greeted a group of journalists who were following him through the streets of Delaware. He traveled to that place with his wife to celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary. and there he will spend the whole weekend.
Last friday, Biden turned his attention to climate change by leading a virtual meeting with some of the world’s largest economies. Among the participants were China, Germany, Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom, and the European Union. was also present Egyptwho will host the next UN climate meeting and the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres.
Biden reiterated his goal of reduce gasoline prices, which average $5 a gallon (3.78 liters) in the United Stateswhile the country also moves away from fossil fuels to limit climate change and its risks.
“I am using every available lever to lower prices for the American people”Biden declared. “But the critical point is that our actions are part of our transition to a clean and secure long-term energy future,” he added.
“Russia‘s brutal and unprovoked assault on neighboring Ukraine has fueled a global energy crisis. and has heightened the need for long-term energy security,” Biden continued; while he noted: “The good news is that climate security and energy security go hand in hand.”
The conference is known as the Forum of Major Economies on Energy and Climateand began during the Obama administration in 2009. Among his priorities are reducing methane emissions and putting more zero-emission vehicles on the road.
Biden administration officials said, on condition of anonymity, that expect some of the countries to announce more ambitious climate goals as part of the historic agreement reached in Paris in 2015.
In an interview Thursday at the White House with Associated Press, Biden sounded the alarm on extreme weather events. “We got more hurricanes and tornadoes and floods“, said. “People saw it: I took my kids to Yellowstone Park years ago. They call me: ‘Dad, did you see what happened in Yellowstone?’ It is unthinkable. They are events of every 1,000 years.
But the Russian invasion of Ukraine has shaken Biden’s climate goals by causing the cost of gasoline to skyrocket. Facing political pressure to cut prices in a midterm election year, the Democratic president has called on US refiners to produce even more at a time when they say they lack long-term incentives to do so because the administration is accelerating the transition to clean energy.
“Well, I’m telling you, in the short term, do the right thing,” Biden said Thursday, highlighting his view that companies should increase production rather than try to maximize profits.
(With information from AFP and AP)
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