Biden pledges to cut US emissions 50% by 2030

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US President Joe Biden speaks to the virtual Leaders Summit on Climate, from the East Room of the White House, April 22, 2021.

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US President Joe Biden announced Thursday a pledge to cut US greenhouse gas emissions in half before the end of the decade. Biden, who is attempting to reassert the US as a leader in combating climate change, made the announcement ahead of a two-day virtual climate summit with 40 other world leaders including China’s Xi Jinping. It starts Thursday.

The 50% target, which marks a dramatic turnabout from the Trump administration's climate policies, would nearly double the nation’s previous commitment. It would require massive changes to the power and transportation sectors among other sweeping investments in renewable energy technologies.

The Biden administration is working to regain international credibility on environmental issues after Trump pulled the US out of the Paris climate agreement. Since taking office, Biden has recommitted the US to the Paris agreement. On Thursday, the White House said the emissions pledge “will set America on a path of a net-zero emissions economy by no later than 2050.”

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