EXPERT VIEWS-U.S. emissions pledge fires starting gun on climate race, analysts say

Thomson Reuters Foundation

As the United States pledged to cut its climate-heating emissions by 50%-52% by 2030 on Thursday, climate and energy analysts said the new commitment puts the United States back in an international leadership role on climate action.

But the pledge – which some said still falls short of what is needed to achieve the most ambitious goals of the Paris Agreement to curb global warming – must now be met and mirrored by other big-emitting nations to avoid the worst impacts of climate change, policy experts and green groups said.

Mohamed Adow, director, Power Shift Africa think-tank (said that): “But truth must be told: It still falls short of what is needed from the biggest historical emitter and wealthiest country to stabilise global heating to below 1.5C. The plan laid out by President Biden is hugely welcome and shows the kind of ambition we need to see from rich, polluting nations.

“Until now the actions of all rich countries, including those in Europe as well as Australia, Japan and Canada, have been hugely underwhelming. This summit is a major turning point. “After four years of Trump, they may have thought they could get away with mediocre commitments, but now the United States is showing them up.”

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