President Biden chose Thursday, which was also Earth Day, to begin his two-day Climate Leadership Summit.
But contrary to its promise, it lacked leadership, had nothing to do with climate, and very nearly wasn’t even a summit.
That was clear from the outset. The summit, which was conducted as a virtual meeting, was plagued by technical glitches, giving it a distinctive amateur appearance. Biden opened the meeting with a tweet.
“Today I’m bringing together leaders from around the world to meet this moment of climate peril, and extraordinary opportunity,” he said. “No nation can solve this crisis on its own, and this summit is a step on a path to a secure, prosperous, and sustainable future.”
That was probably the clearest message of the event. It was all downhill after that…