A highlight from U.S. Steps Back Into Leadership Role To Battle Global Climate Change

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The us stepped back into climate leadership. This week is the biden administration hosted a summit on climate change with forty other countries at where president biden pledge to dramatically reduce u s greenhouse gas emissions and he encouraged other countries to try to do the same. This summit is a start. A start of a road will take us to glasgow for the un climate change conference in november where we're gonna make these commitments real in paris. Jeff brady joins us jeff. Thanks so much for being with us can winning scott and let's begin with you. Wish what is the president promising to try well. The us is committed to reducing greenhouse gases by fifty to fifty two percent by the end of the decade. that's based on two thousand five emissions. That's twice what president. Obama pledged back in two thousand fifteen. And we weren't even on track to accomplish that so this is very ambitious. And how does the biden administration plan to achieve that in just nine years now this summit it was about setting big goals and we're going to get more details in coming months but we do have some clues now. The administration wants a national clean energy standard that would require increasing amounts of electricity from sources that don't emit the climate warming gases that fossil fuels do also. The president's infrastructure proposal would ramp up electric cars and build more transmission lines to get renewable energy to where it's needed cooperation from congress is going to be necessary to make those reality. This is a huge undertaking and biden says the entire federal government is working on the climate issue. Now one comment yesterday during the summit. It helped me better. Understand the scope of what's being undertaken here. The executive director of the international energy agency fatty bureau said countries are starting down this road. Without even knowing how some emissions reductions will happen because the technology doesn't exist about half the reductions to get to net zero emissions into fifty. Villa need to come from technologies. That are not yet ready for market. Today that's why in these pledges countries are making especially wealthy countries. Boosting research and development budgets is a big focus to jeff to the other countries also stepped up their goals. A few did announce more aggressive targets Japan increased its emissions reduction goal to forty six percent canada boosted. Its target to at least forty percent. The united kingdom is the leader. Here that plans to reduce emissions by seventy eight percent by two thousand thirty five and china also said we'll try to limit a projected increase in coal use and then phase out. Coal fired electricity. South korea said it'll stop financing new coal power plants and other countries and these may not sound as ambitious as the us and uk. But under the paris agreement countries with long histories of emitting greenhouse gases like the us and the uk. They're expected to be more ambitious early. On countries like china and india that are just now emerging as big amid irs. Get more time to phase down there. Fossil fuel use the goal of the paris. Climate agreement is to limit warming blue two degrees celsius and hopefully below one point. Five are all of these pledges enough to do that. They're not humans spent the last century plus removing carbon from underground and putting it up in the atmosphere. It's going to take an extraordinary effort to start reversing that. This is a few steps in that direction and countries have to trust each other to stick to their commitments. Then come back again later. And try to ratchet up their commitments. Even more npr correspondent. Jeff brady much thank you. This message comes from. Npr sponsor ford a large chandelier directly above a stationary all electric mustang mach. It's held aloft by an intricate police system. Attached to the rear of the vehicle visit four dot com for a gravity defying display of torque.

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