Biden climate pledges: Are they realistic? + 10% emissions drop only due to pandemic

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Joe Biden's climate pledges: Are they realistic? (information analysis)

EXCERPT: . . . With the result of that election now approved by Congress, Joe Biden's inauguration day is set to mark a sea change in US climate policy. Biden's Democratic Party can expect to have effective control of both houses of the US Congress from January 20, allowing him more power to push his climate agenda. But what has he promised — and can he make it happen? (MORE - details)

How Biden can help Canada do better on climate

INTRO: President-elect Biden’s pledge to dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the United States — and ensure that it finally does its part to tackle the climate crisis — is welcome news. So, too, is his promise to return the country to the Paris Agreement and help rally the rest of the world to take urgent climate action to avert the worst consequences of climate change.

Here in Canada, we certainly could use some help, which the U.S. is in a unique position to provide. Canada is one of the world’s top 10 greenhouse gas emitters and one of its largest exporters of oil and gas. The United States, the world’s second largest emitter, buys a whopping 96 percent of these exports. For the U.S., Canada is the largest foreign source of oil and gas, by far. Our two countries’ climate ambitions, good or bad, are therefore largely and inextricably linked... (MORE)

US carbon emissions dropped 10% last year — but only because of the pandemic

INTRO: United States greenhouse gas emissions dropped by a record 10.3% last year, the largest annual decline since World War II [...] But this was mostly owed to the coronavirus pandemic and not because of any significant climate action — which means the US still has a long way to go to get its emissions under control.

The report by the Rhodium Group said the emissions decline in the US last year outpaced the Great Recession of 2009 when emissions dipped 6.3%. They attributed this to behavioral changes associated with the pandemic and warned emissions would go back to their usual growing path this year unless policymakers act... (MORE)

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