President Joe Biden called climate change a "challenge of our collective lifetimes" and boasted his administration's efforts in Glasgow on Monday.

Biden addressed fellow world leaders at the United Nations COP26 climate conference, where he described the changing climate as an "existential threat" and urged dramatic action to insulate nations from its effects.

"Every region in the world can tell similar stories," Biden said of the United States's recent experience with extreme weather. "And in an age where this pandemic has made so painfully clear that no nation can wall itself off from borderless threats, we know that none of us could escape the worst that's yet to come if we fail to seize this momentum."

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Biden also discussed the "short-term sprint to 2030," in which his administration seeks to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50%, and the "marathon" task of reaching net-zero carbon emissions, and he made note of the high energy prices across the globe, characterizing it as a "call to action."

"Rather than cast it as a reason to back off our clean energy goals, we must view it as a call to action," he said. "High energy prices only reinforce the urgent need to diversify sources, double down on clean energy development, and adapt promising new clean energy technologies."

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The Glasgow summit coincides with Biden's effort to marshal through Congress a $1.75 trillion legislative package that proposes some $555 billion to fund an expansion of renewable energy technologies, electric vehicle use, and cleaner manufacturing in support of the administration's decarbonization goals.

Democrats are still working out differences in the legislation after the White House released its newest legislative framework last week ahead of Biden's trip to Europe.