Energy & Environment

US not on track to meet climate goal

The United States is not currently on track to meet the emissions cut President Obama has set for 2025, a new study concludes.

The research, published Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change, says that the country will not hit the 26 to 28 percent emissions cut that Obama promised last year as part of the Paris climate agreement.

But the researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab said additional new policies to cut greenhouse gases could bring the country in line with its pledge.

The study found that with federal, state and local government efforts, the U.S. will reduce its greenhouse gases by about 1.3 billion tons annually by 2025.

That falls short of the 1.6 billion tons of reduction that are necessary to hit the 26 percent goal.

“We can’t get there with our current set of policies,” Jeffrey Greenblatt, the study’s lead author, told The Associated Press. “We would fall short of the target if there is no further action.”

The researchers found, unsurprisingly, that if the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan is struck down in the courts and cannot take effect, it would be far more difficult to meet the Paris pledge.

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