The Lead: Biden's New Climate Target
President Biden’s Earth Day Climate Summit wraps up today with 40 global leaders meeting virtually to discuss ways to combat the climate emergency.
President Biden unveiled a new target “that calls for cutting U.S. emissions 50% to 52% from 2005 levels by 2030.”
Emissions were down in 2020, mostly due to the pandemic. They are on track to go up again this year as the economy recovers so there is nothing to pat ourselves on the back about.
Both Russia and China participated in this summit, even though the U.S. is not besties with either nation. China says that they are on board with cutting emissions but they won’t start until 2026. The Chinese President said that they will reach peak carbon emissions before 2030 and then set their sights on reduction to net-zero emissions by 2060.
So let us keep destroying the environment for a *little bit* longer and then we’ll catch up with you, mmmmkay?
Canada, England, and the EU all agreed to increasing carbon reduction targets.
Opponents of the President’s plans say that it is too slow and hypocritical because the administration still supports subsidies to the fossil fuel industry. They dumped piles of cow poop near the White House in protest with signs that said: “Stop the bull——.”