President Joe Biden gave a speech for Earth Day in which he urged everybody to take action on climate change, but refused to specifically mention China, despite that nation being the world's biggest polluter.
Chinese President Xi Jinping had previously had his turn to speak, where he talked about the "unilateralism of individual countries," which some say was veiled criticism of the US.
According to Fox News, Xi did, however, talk about working together with other nations, including the US, in cutting emissions and enacting climate-change measures.
Biden himself equated climate change with increased productivity in his speech, saying:
"That’s why, when people talk about climate, I think jobs. Within our climate response lies an extraordinary job creation and economic opportunity ready to be fired up. That’s why I’ve proposed a huge investment in American infrastructure and American innovation to tap the economic opportunity that climate change presents our workers and our communities, especially those too often that have — left out and left behind."
Biden went on to promise to cut US carbon emissions a further 50 percent from their current levels by 2030, and bring them down to zero by "no later than 2050." He also mentioned further public works measures, such as installing no less than half a million charging stations along highways across the country.
"By maintaining those investments and putting these people to work, the United States sets out on the road to cut our greenhouse gases in half by the end of this decade," concluded Biden.
China currently holds the world record for CO2 emissions, and most years, it manages to set a new one, according to our best statistics. In 2019 alone, China was responsible for spewing just over 10,000 megatonnes of CO2 into the world's atmosphere.
It is also estimated that an average of 1.6 million people per year in China die due to health issues directly related to air quality.