Biden departs White House for COP27

STORY: Biden arrives at the COP27 conference on Friday (November 11) where delegates expect him to try to pump up the global ambition to fight climate change, despite the depressing distractions of war and inflation.

The president spoke to reporters on his departure, telling them that he had congratulated House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy on making gains.

Biden added that he planned to do whatever was requested of him by Senator Raphael Warnock in the Georgia runoff.

His visit is the first stop in a packed week-long trip to grapple with some of the United States thorniest foreign policy issues, boosted by a better-than-expected showing by his Democratic party's candidates in the midterm elections for U.S. Congress.

Biden's speech in Sharm el-Sheikh will remind countries to stay focused on the goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. He will also discuss the importance of public-private partnerships and detail U.S. efforts to decarbonize and lower methane emissions.

Among announcements likely timed for his arrival, the United States and the European Union plan to make a joint announcement pledging to crack down on methane emissions from the oil and gas sector.

Washington and Brussels already have proposals to do this, but the declaration is meant to encourage other countries to do the same, building on the Global Methane Pledge to slash methane emissions by 30% this decade.