President Joe Biden’s climate goals could survive a Republican sweep in the midterm elections — if a dozen other pieces fall into place.
That’s according to new analysis from a coalition of businesses and local leaders working to tackle rising temperatures, as POLITICO E&E News reporter Jean Chemnick writes.
Republicans are expected to take control of the House and possibly the Senate after today’s election — and have already begun plotting pathways to throw a wrench in the administration’s clean energy agenda. While Biden can veto any Congressional effort to reverse the $370 billion in climate spending in the Cut Inflation Act, lawmakers can make or break the measure’s implementation of the programs.
But the report, written by America Is All In, concludes that a GOP-controlled Congress opposed to Biden’s policies may not be able to stop the country from meeting the president’s goal of halving emissions. greenhouse gases by 2030, compared to 2005 levels.
Indeed, expanded climate actions by states, local communities, and the private sector, combined with federal regulations and recently passed laws, could be enough to get the job done.
As Chemnick notes, the report’s assumptions about the country’s decarbonization trajectory are somewhat ambitious. Upcoming regulations on transportation, electricity, oil and gas, and other carbon sources would move the nation along the path to its goal, but actions by states, cities, and businesses should fill the gap. difference.
The analysis aims to demonstrate to world leaders, many of whom are watching tonight’s returns from COP 27 in Egypt, that the United States will meet its climate goals no matter who wins the federal election.
On the other hand, the Biden administration has not yet submitted its official roadmap to reduce emissions to the United Nations climate body.
Former White House climate adviser Gina McCarthy told reporters officials were working on it, but unveiling a formal plan is “not as easy as you might think.”
reality check – Even if the United States, along with all other countries, meets its climate targets, a UN report last month found that global warming emissions ascend 10.6% by 2030. To avoid catastrophic warming, it would take 43% reduction emissions by the end of the decade, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
Yet tackling climate change is not a zero-sum game. Every small emission reduction counts.
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In a new study, scientists used NASA satellite observations and advanced computing to chronicle changes in wetlands and coastlines across Louisiana.
They found that from 1984 to 2020, the region had lost a total of 750 square miles at an average rate of 21 square miles each year.
Some of these wetlands have been destroyed by rising seas while others have been ravaged by oil and gas infrastructure and hurricanes. But the main driver was coastal and river engineering, which can strengthen or harm coasts depending on the implementation.
The IRA is… not unpopular
Mention of the Cut Inflation Act was conspicuously absent from the millions of dollars worth of ads Republicans ran against Democrats ahead of Tuesday’s election, write Adam Aton and Scott Waldman.
That’s a far cry from 2010, when a flood of GOP ads targeted the Democrats’ climate plan. “There is not a single race where a Democrat is vulnerable because they voted for the IRA or were pro-climate,” said Kevin Curtis, executive director of the NRDC Action Fund.
Carbon capture landed
A power company has announced plans to build the world’s first large-scale gas-fired power plant with carbon capture in Texas, which it says will produce electricity with near-zero emissions, writes Carlos Anchondo.
Construction on the approximately 300-megawatt project will begin in 2024. North Carolina-based Net Power LLC expects the facility to be online in 2026, putting it in a race to become one of three only full-scale power plants ever equipped to capture carbon dioxide emissions.
Gas cap drama
The President of the European Council, Charles Michel, has asked the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, to put on the table legislation for a cap on European natural gas prices “as soon as possible”, writes America Hernandez.
The request follows a meeting on Monday in which the commission told representatives of member countries that capping the price of gas in EU markets was risky, almost unworkable and inadvisable, three EU diplomats said.
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