04.21.2021

Biden reportedly will pledge to halve US emissions by 2030 | Ocasio-Cortez, Markey reintroduce Green New Deal resolution

The Biden administration is expected to commit to cutting U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50 percent by 2030, two people briefed on the matter told The Washington Post.

A White House spokesperson declined The Hill’s request for comment. A White House official told the Post that a final decision hadn’t been made.

Biden is slated to announce his emissions reduction target for 2030 on Thursday, updating the country’s commitment under the Paris Agreement.

Every several years, countries update their interim targets under the global climate agreement, which aims to limit the planet’s warming to less than 2 degrees celsius over pre-industrial levels.

DEAL ME IN: Ocasio-Cortez, Markey reintroduce Green New Deal resolution

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) on Tuesday reintroduced a resolution in support of a Green New Deal.

The resolution, which would be an expression of congressional sentiment rather than a law, says that it’s the government’s duty to create a Green New Deal that can be accomplished through a 10-year national mobilization. 

OK but how? It calls for meeting the country’s power demand through zero-emission energy sources and “overhauling” transportation to remove pollution through investing in zero-emission vehicles, public transit and high-speed rail. 

The politics: The Green New Deal resolution, first introduced in 2019, has become a political lightning rod, as the idea has been embraced by progressives, but fiercely rejected by Republicans who have sought to paint it as extreme.

The lawmakers said Tuesday that they hope to go beyond what Biden has proposed on climate.

This article appeared on The Hill website at https://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/overnights/549335-overnight-energy-biden-reportedly-will-pledge-to-halve

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