Biden lands in Europe ahead of COP26 climate summit

US President Joe Biden has arrived in Europe ahead of next week’s key UN climate summit, with his signature climate policy yet to pass through the US Congress.

The president’s $1.75 trillion Build Back Better social welfare package includes more than $500 billion of spending on green policies.

Before leaving Washington, Biden described the measures as historic.

However, differences among democrats mean it is unlikely to pass before the summit.

“It’s a framework that will create millions of jobs, grow the economy, invest in our nation and our people, turn the climate crisis into an opportunity, and put us on a path not only to compete, but to win the economic competition for the 21st Century against China and every other major country in the world,” said Biden in a TV address from the White House.

Build Back Better covers a wide range of extra funding for health and child-care, education and clean energy reforms.

The green spending would seek to dramatically slash US greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, provide new tax breaks for electric vehicles and roll out installation of solar panels on American homes.

Biden had hoped to have the package passed in time for the global COP26 climate summit which begins in Glasgow on Monday.

The package is linked in Congress to a separate infrastructure bill worth $1.2 trillion.

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