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  • The Washington Post reports President Biden will commit to slashing emissions by 50 percent over the next decade.
  • The news outlet cites two individuals with knowledge of the Biden administration’s plan, but notes a White House official said a final decision has yet to be made.
  • Biden is expected to unveil his administration’s plan and targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions over the next 10 years during the climate summit this week.

President Biden is expected to commit to cutting U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50 percent by 2030 as part of his administration’s effort to tackle climate change, The Washington Post reports. 

The news outlet cites two individuals with knowledge of the Biden administration’s plan, but notes a White House official said a final decision has yet to be made. 


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The White House did not immediately respond to requests for comment from Changing America. 

The report comes ahead of a virtual international climate summit that will be hosted by the White House beginning Thursday, Earth Day, that will include 40 world leaders.

The summit is aimed at discussing new measures countries can take to strengthen commitments made to reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions under the Paris Agreement, which aims to limit the Earth’s temperature increase this century to 2 degrees Celsius above pre industrial levels. 

Biden is expected to unveil his administration’s plan and targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions over the next 10 years during the summit. Under the Obama administration, the U.S. pledged to slash greenhouse gas emissions by 26 to 28 percent compared to 2005 levels by 2025. Former President Trump, however, impeded efforts to hit that goal after pulling the U.S. from the Paris accord. 

The report comes after United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres said the U.S. should work to cut its carbon emissions by half over the next decade, a goal that runs parallel to Biden’s plan to get the U.S. economy to be carbon neutral by 2030.


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Published on Apr 20, 2021