This story was originally published by The Guardian and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration
Joe Biden will not pull any punches with allies including Australia in seeking to build international momentum for stronger action on the climate crisis, an adviser to the U.S. presidential candidate has said.
If elected in November, Biden will hold heavy emitters such as China accountable for doing more “but he’s also going to push our friends to do more as well,” according to Jake Sullivan, who was the national security adviser to Biden when he was vice president and is now in the candidate’s inner circle.
In a wide-ranging podcast interview with the Sydney-based Lowy Institute, Sullivan also signaled that Biden would work closely with Australia and other regional allies in responding to the challenges posed by the rise of China.
While Australia’s prime minister, Scott Morrison, is likely to welcome the pledge of U.S. coordination with allies on regional security issues, there may be unease in government ra... Read more