Biden pledges to halve US greenhouse gas emissions by 2030

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President Joe Biden.

  • Biden pledged to cut US greenhouse gas emissions by 50% to 52% from 2005 levels by 2030.
  • The White House said that achieving the goal would create millions of jobs.
  • The goal more than doubles the US’s goals under the Paris Climate Accord.
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President Joe Biden has pledged to cut US greenhouse gas emissions by 50% to 52% from 2005 levels by 2030.

The White House made the announcement on Thursday, hours before Biden held a virtual climate with 40 world leaders.

CNBC noted that the goal more than doubles what the US agreed to when Biden re-joined the Paris Climate Accord, which former President Donald Trump withdrew from. The Paris Climate Accord was signed in 2015 during President Barack Obama’s tenure, when Biden served as vice president.

A White House statement said that the US would achieve the goal by “positioning American workers and industry to tackle the climate crisis.”

It said that reaching the target by 2030 would “create millions of good-paying, middle class, union jobs.”

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