President Joe Biden met with New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Tuesday afternoon.
While at the White House for the meeting, Joe Biden was self-effacing before Ardern about the U.S.’ lack of action on climate change and gun control. Watch:
“Well, good morning, everybody. And it’s good to see a not-so-old but a good friend here. Prime Minister, welcome to the White House,” Biden said. “And we last saw each other at the launch of the Indo-Pacific Framework —“
“Yes,” Ardern said.
“Which is, I think, a fairly big deal for all of us, and we need your guidance,” Biden said. “And we’re — and, you know, it’s a pleasure to see you in person. You understand that your leadership has taken on a critical role in this global stage — and it really has — galvanizing action on climate change; the global effort to curb violence, extremism, and online, like happened in Christchurch. And — you know, we want to be — I want to work with you on that effort. And I want to talk to you about what those conversations were like, if you’re willing.”
In February, New Zealand’s High Court blocked the country’s mandatory Covid-19 vaccinations for the police and military on grounds that it violated their freedom of religion. In April, the High Court found that the New Zealand government violated citizens’ freedom of movement rights by preventing some visa holders from returning to their homes. In August 2020, the High Court found that the New Zealand government exceeded its powers by telling residents to stay at home in the first nine days of the coronavirus lockdown.
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The State of California has already entered a Memorandum of Cooperation with the nation of New Zealand to purportedly tackle ‘climate change’ — effectively entering into a treaty with a foreign nation without Senate authorization.
“Expanding California’s global climate leadership, Governor Gavin Newsom today established a new international climate partnership with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern,” the press release from May 27 read. “California and New Zealand signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) to tackle the climate crisis, reduce pollution, and bolster the clean economy, while emphasizing community resilience and partnership with indigenous leaders.”
“Later is too late to address climate change, and California is taking aggressive steps to bolster the clean economy while reducing pollution in our communities – but we can’t do it alone,” said Governor Newsom. “This partnership with New Zealand, another global climate leader, will strengthen ties between our two governments to deploy critical solutions that are essential to addressing this existential crisis.”
“No country is immune from the impacts of climate changes, so it’s just common sense to collaborate with likeminded partners to meet our mutual goals,” said Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. “We both aim to achieve net zero carbon emissions by the middle of the century. This agreement means we’ll work together to share expertise and experience and collaborate on projects that help meet each other’s targets.”
“Last year, Governor Newsom and 24 governors from the bipartisan U.S. Climate Alliance committed to collectively achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions no later than 2050,” the release added. “Governor Newsom and other Under2 Coalition partners announced the transition to become a net zero coalition, raising ambition for member states and regions. California also joined the Beyond Oil & Gas Alliance, which brings together national and subnational governments committed to advancing a just transition away from oil and gas production.”
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