Biden Says Push for Energy Production 'Not Inconsistent' with Climate Goals

"It’s not at all inconsistent in that no one has anticipated that this year we would be in a position, or even next year, that we’re not going to use any more oil or gas," Biden said.

Jeff Mason, Reuters

U.S. President Joe Biden said on Oct. 31 it was "not inconsistent" for him to push energy-producing nations to increase output of fossil fuels while also urging countries to commit to an energy transition.

Biden spoke to reporters after days of tough negotiations in Rome between leaders of the Group of 20 major economies. He referred to "disappointment" with the lack of progress toward climate goals at the talks, which took place ahead of the COP26 climate talks in Glasgow.

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