WASHINGTON – Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Monday will frame climate change as both the biggest challenge and the biggest opportunity facing the United States.

“If we succeed, we will capitalize on the greatest opportunity to create quality jobs in generations,” Blinken will say in a speech at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, according to excerpts released by the State Department.

His speech previews President Joe Biden hosting 40 world leaders for a virtual climate summit on April 22 and 23, from Russian President Vladimir Putin to French President Emmanuel Macron to Saudi King Salman. 

This week’s summit is meant to signal a renewed U.S. commitment to leading the global fight against climate change after four years in which the Trump administration played down the threat.

Biden is expected to announce new limits on U.S. emissions ahead

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