IslamNews – President Biden will pledge Thursday to cut U.S. emissions nearly in half by the end of the decade, a target that would require Americans to transform the way they live.
The target is timed to a closely watched Earth Day summit meeting that Mr. Biden is hosting on Thursday and Friday to show that the U.S. is rejoining international efforts to combat climate change.
President Xi Jinping of China will attend virtually, along with leaders of nearly 40 other countries including Brazil, India and Canada, the only G7 nation whose greenhouse gas emissions have increased since the Paris agreement. Brazil is promising to end illegal deforestation by 2030, but President Jair Bolsonaro wants the international community to pledge billions of dollars to pay for the conservation.
Experts said significant actions across the U.S. economy would be required to meet the goal, particularly involving the two biggest sources of emissions: cars and power plants. The new goal nearly doubles the pledge that the Obama administration made to cut emissions 26 percent to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025, although the U.S. would have five more years to achieve it.