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Paris climate goals may elude a laggard U.S.

Jun 29, 2018, 8:04 AM EDT
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The U.S. would be required to do a lot of catching up if it is to reach anywhere close to the emissions target agreed in the Paris climate accord. If the country sticks to its current policies, it will cut between 12 and 20 percent of greenhouse-gas emissions from 2005 levels by 2025, falling well short of the 26 to 28 percent target.

A Rhodium Group analysis, however, estimates a decline of 196 million metric tons in total emissions between 2020 and 2030 as a result of shuttered coal plants and falling costs of natural gas, renewables, and electric vehicles, reports MIT Technology Review.

Although the Trump administration has systematically and steadily targeted Obama-era policies devised to curb pollution from power plants and vehicles, the U.S. would have still fallen short of the Paris target even if those policies were unchanged, writes Bloomberg.

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