Stress Grows For Significant US Emission Cuts – Watts Up With That?

Pressure Grows For Meaningful US Emission Cuts – Watts Up With That?

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By Paul Homewood

h / t Robin Guenier

When Joe Biden returns to Paris, pressure mounts for significant cuts in the US:


Thirty days after Joe Biden joined the White House, the US is officially back in the Paris Agreement.

On his first day in office, Biden signed an executive order informing the United Nations that the US would rejoin the Paris Agreement. After this regulation comes into force, the US is expected to present a new national contribution to the agreement and set an emissions target for 2030.

“It’s good to have the US back in the Paris Agreement, but unfortunately we don’t have time to celebrate. The climate crisis is deepening and this year all major polluters must step up their plans to ensure a safe, clean and prosperous future for all, ”said Laurence Tubiana, Director of the European Climate Foundation.

“The US has to come to Cop26 [climate talks] with a strong commitment: The urgency of the crisis is clear, and that means a new US target of at least 50% GHG savings on levels from 2005 to 2030, ideally more, “Tubiana said.

A string of net-zero pledges and improved 2030 emissions targets from major polluters – including China, Japan and the EU – last year put pressure on the US to catch up.

The US is expected to announce its updated 2030 target ahead of a major climate summit for economies that Biden will host on Earth Day on April 22nd.

Climate Action Tracker previously told Climate Home that the US should reduce its emissions by at least 52% through domestic action by 2030. Under Obama, the US has pledged to cut emissions by 26 to 28% compared to 2005 by 2025 – a goal it cannot achieve.

Tim Gore, head of the climate program at the Institute for European Environmental Policy, said the average US citizen has a carbon footprint ten times greater than the global emissions per capita required to limit global warming to 1.5 ° C. A 50% reduction by 2030 would not bring US per capita emissions today to EU levels, he said.

195 climate groups signed a petition this week calling on Biden to ensure that the US does its “fair share” to limit global warming to 1.5 ° C, the toughest target of the Paris Agreement.

The US Climate Action Network calls on the US to reduce its emissions by 195% by 2030 compared to 2005. At least 70% should be delivered domestically and the rest by helping developing countries cut carbon faster, according to the campaign network.

“Re-entering the Paris Agreement is the right step for the United States, but only the simple first step. President Biden must enforce his commitment to do more by putting environmental justice at the center of his approach to tackling the global climate crisis, ”said Karen Orenstein, climate and energy director at Friends of the Earth.

“This includes the United States doing its fair contribution to keeping the global temperature rise at 1.5 ° C and providing climate finance to developing countries in a manner consistent with science, justice and justice,” Orenstein said.

It is not widely known how little Obama actually made a commitment in Paris, with a 26-28% reduction in emissions from 2005 to 2025. This compares to the UK’s commitment to reduce emissions by 49% from 2005 to 2030 reduce. The comparison with 1990 levels is equally stronger – 55% in the UK compared to 14% in the US – as US emissions rose sharply between 1990 and 2005 while they fell in the UK:


Currently, the US has only achieved a 10% reduction from 2005.

I suspect Biden is not going to take well the pressures of Tubiana calling for 55% cuts through 2005 to 2030.

Far from “healing” the planet, Obama barely cut emissions in his administration, and they have remained unchanged since:


To achieve this 55%, the US would have to reduce emissions by 44% compared to 2018. Even the wildest fantasies of AOC and Bernie couldn’t find a way to do it.

Meanwhile, the Looby Loos think Biden should cut down by 85%:


Texans may not think this is such a good idea!

And while all of this is going on, China’s stake continues to climb relentlessly and is now more than double that of the US.

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