Most major nations lag in acting on climate-fighting goals

  • A pump jack extracts crude oil at an oil field near wind turbines in Emlichheim, Germany, March 18. Most major countries are finding it easier to promise to fight climate change than actually do it. Experts tracking action to reduce carbon emissions say of the major economies only the European Union is close to doing what’s necessary to limit global warming to a few more tenths of a degree. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, File)

  • Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., arrives to greet witnesses as he chairs the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, July 19, 2022. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

  • A sign at King's Cross railway station warns of train cancellations due to the heat in London, Tuesday, July 19, 2022. Most major countries are finding it easier to promise to fight climate change than actually do it. Experts tracking action to reduce carbon emissions say of the major economies only the European Union is close to doing what's necessary to limit global warming to a few more tenths of a degree. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

WASHINGTON — For most of the major carbon-polluting nations, promising to fight climate change is a lot easier than actually doing it. In the United States, President Joe Biden has learned that the hard way.