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Bold climate targets matter as Canada gears up for U.S. summit, but real action matters more


This column is an opinion by Merran Smith and Sarah Petrevan. Smith is the executive director and Petrevan is the policy director of Clean Energy Canada, a program at Simon Fraser University. For more information about CBC’s Opinion section, please see the FAQ.

Joe Biden’s bold vision for a cleaner, more sustainable U.S. economy has been making headlines for a year now, but despite the president’s laudable ambition thus far, his boldest promise is still to come. Thursday’s global Earth Day Summit will not only mark America’s return to international climate conversations, it’s expected the U.S. will increase its national climate target while encouraging other nations to follow suit.

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