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G-20 States Bicker Over Climate Change Wording Before Summit

  • Leaders are set to hold a video conference this weekend
  • The Saudi government is pushing to endorse a circular economy
Photographer: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg
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European leaders are resisting giving their strong support to a controversial climate plan pushed by Saudi Arabia that seeks to reduce emissions while capturing and reusing greenhouse gases produced by burning hydrocarbons.

The Group of 20 countries are haggling over whether to say they “endorse” a so-called circular carbon economy, according to officials familiar with the negotiations as well as a draft of the G-20 declaration seen by Bloomberg News. The final wording could change before leaders hold a virtual meeting this weekend, which is hosted by Saudi Arabia.