Biden to release climate goals to improve jobs and lower pollution
Biden pushes goal for net zero emissions economy by 2050
President Biden is set to announce new goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions by more than 50% from 2005 levels by 2030 on Thursday as part of the administration's plan to combat climate change.
The White House in a newly released fact sheet said Biden’s proposal will "create millions of good-paying, union jobs, ensure economic competitiveness, advance environmental justice, and improve the health and security of communities across America."
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The plan is also set to push the U.S. forward in reaching a carbon pollution-free power sector by 2035, along with the more challenging goal of meeting a net zero emissions economy by 2050.
The middle class and union workers will allegedly benefit from the administration’s plan through the creation of new employment opportunities such as laying transmission lines for cleaner grids, reclaiming mines and capping off methane leaks.
The United States will also "invest in innovation" which will deploy "the affordable, reliable, and resilient clean technologies and infrastructure available today." As a result, several career sectors – from engineers to construction workers –- will allegedly see expansion in their sectors.
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Biden’s "Day One" National Climate Task Force created a "nationally determined contribution (NDC)" to establish how to limit the country's impact on global warming – a plan that will be formally submitted to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
In order to achieve Biden’s climate goals, the administration has suggested cutting energy costs and emissions through building upgrades, expanding rail lines and bike lanes, and improving soil to assist agricultural communities and lower carbon emissions.
Biden’s goals to expand jobs and lower greenhouse gas emissions have been met with backlash by Republicans on the Hill who fear high costs to the taxpayer and the destruction of certain industries.
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The president is expected to announce his plan during a virtual summit on climate change with 40 other nations.
Attendees are expected to include China’s President Xi Jinping, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
"America must act— and not just the federal government, but cities and states, small and big business, working communities," the White House said in a statement. "Together, we can seize the opportunity to drive prosperity, create jobs, and build the clean energy economy of tomorrow."