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White House unveils strategy for 2050 net-zero goal

By District Energy posted 11-01-2021 09:26


The Hill


The U.S. early Monday unveiled its strategy for achieving “net-zero” greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 — under which the country would try to eliminate or offset all of its climate pollution. 

Biden repeatedly expressed a desire to put the country on track for net-zero by 2050 on the campaign trail and since taking office. The new report lays out a more specific policy pathway for getting there. 

“Our investments and policies will supercharge our economy,  they'll strengthen the fabric of our society, and improve quality of life,” National Climate Adviser Gina McCarthy told reporters on Sunday.

The strategy comes at the start of the global COP26 climate conference, where world leaders are gathering in an attempt to make progress on global climate action.

Biden's plan entails switching to clean energy sources for electricity generation; making many parts of the economy run on electricity, including cars, buildings and industrial processes; increasing energy efficiency and scaling up the use of technology that pulls carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. 

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