The United States is open to possible “adjustments” to its massive climate plan, reassuring Europeans who fear their businesses will flee across the Atlantic, US special envoy for climate change John Kerry told the BBC on Saturday.
“I don’t think (the Inflationary Reduction Act, IRA) will be diluted,” Kerry told the BBC. “But do you see where it would be appropriate to make reasonable adjustments or changes without compromising our own efforts? I’m sure President Biden would be willing to think about that.”
The European Union has been worried for months about the consequences of the IRA, US President Joe Biden’s US$420 billion plan, largely devoted to climate, adopted last summer.
The plan, among other things, offers favorable reforms and subsidies to companies established in the United States, particularly in the electric vehicle or renewable energy sectors, which worries the European Union. Businesses across the Atlantic.
The issue was at the center of French President Emmanuel Macron’s recent state visit to Washington.
On the BBC, John Kerry also spoke about the controversial coal mining plan approved this week in the United Kingdom, the first of its kind in the country in thirty years.
“Obviously people are going to be critical because the general perception is that coal mining, whatever it is, is going in the opposite direction to what most people are hearing,” he said. About this project Cumbria (North) – West of England).
He cautioned against such a project being sent internationally, saying that the project needs to be understood before commenting on it.
“It’s hypocritical if you say leave coal underground all over the world and at the same time announce you’re going to open a new mine in a country like the UK,” he said.
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