China and the United States Decide to Increase Renewable Energy to Replace Fossil Fuels

As President Biden gets ready to meet President Xi Jinping, the climate agreement between the two nations is seen as a positive development.

The State Department announced on Tuesday that the two biggest global polluters—China and the United States—have decided to work together 

to combat climate change by increasing the use of renewable energy sources like solar, wind, and other energy sources in an effort to replace fossil fuels.

The declaration is being made as US President Joe Biden gets ready to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday for their first in-person conversation in a year.

In discussions that are expected to centre on touchy subjects like Taiwan, the conflict in Ukraine, and the conflict between Israel and Hamas, the climate agreement may prove to be a bright spot.

The United States and China have released separate statements of cooperation, but neither country has committed to stopping the construction of new coal plants or reducing its heavy reliance on coal, the dirtiest fossil fuel. 

It has been a point of contention for the US during months of climate change negotiations with China.

However, both nations committed to "pursuing efforts to triple global renewable energy capacity by 2030."According to the agreement, this growth should "achieve levels high enough to accelerate the substitution for coal, oil, and gas generation.