President Joe Biden’s ambitious plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 50 to 52 percent over the next decade could lead to profound changes that could affect the way Americans eat, drive, and heat their homes.
At the beginning of a two-day climate summit on Thursday, Biden announced the goal of reducing emissions by 2030 compared to 2005.
He vowed that the plan, which would get the US on the path to a zero-carbon economy by 2050 at the latest, would create jobs and stimulate the economy.
But he has yet to release full details of how such a plan will affect the daily lives of ordinary Americans.
Nor did he set the price for emissions reductions.
The plan immediately sparked criticism from Republicans and industry experts, who argue that it will be unsustainable in the long run, put jobs at risk and cause tax hikes for Americans.
While Biden hasn’t released details about what American lives might be like, experts and recent studies have set out what would need to change by 2030 to meet the goal.
This is how it could affect Americans every day:
Joe Biden announced the goal of reducing emissions by 2030 compared to 2005 at the start of a two-day climate summit on Thursday
Red meat consumption reduced by 90% and animal products by 50%
Americans may need to cut their red meat consumption by a whopping 90 percent and cut their consumption of other animal-based foods in half.
According to a study by the Center for Sustainable Systems at Michigan University, food-related greenhouse gas emissions could be gradually reduced by 50 percent by 2030.
To do this, Americans would only need to consume about four pounds of red meat per year, or 0.18 ounces per day.
It’s roughly the equivalent of an average-sized burger per month.
Americans may need to cut their red meat consumption by a whopping 90 percent and cut their consumption of other animal-based foods in half. To do this, Americans would only need to consume about four pounds of red meat per year, or 0.18 ounces per day
Switching to an electric car
Studies show that more than half of the new cars bought in the US should be electric within the next decade.
The University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy estimated that cleaning up transportation would be about a quarter of Biden’s goal.
This would mean that more than 65 percent of new car and SUV sales and 10 percent of new car sales would have to be electric.
Electric cars currently account for around 2 percent of new vehicle sales.
The average cost of a new electric vehicle is approximately $ 55,000.
Studies show that more than half of the new cars bought in the US should be electric within the next decade. The average cost of a new electric vehicle is approximately $ 55,000
Renovation of the house with electric heat pumps
Almost 25 percent of households would have to be heated with electricity rather than natural gas or oil in order to achieve Biden’s emissions target by 2030.
The average cost to install an electric heat pump, which is an all-in-one heating and cooling unit, is around $ 5,613, according to HomeAdvisor.
Taxpayers could spend trillions of dollars
Industry leaders say Biden’s climate plan, while cost specs are not yet in place, could cost American taxpayers trillions of dollars.
David Williams, president of the Taxpayers Protection Alliance, told DailyMail.com that Biden’s plan was just a “multi-trillion dollar business giveaway”.
“Strict climate mandates / goals will disproportionately hurt low- and middle-income citizens who will be forced to pay higher electricity bills,” he said.
Björn Lomborg, a visiting scholar at Stanford University, told the OK Register that the plan is expected to cost taxpayers about $ 3,500 a year.
“These costs will go up significantly,” he said.
“While more than two-thirds of the US population think the climate is a crisis or a major problem, less than half are ready, 24 US dollars, according to a 2019 poll by the Washington Post and Kaiser Family Foundation – to spend dollars a year on it. ” . ‘
Almost 25 percent of households would have to be heated with electricity rather than natural gas or oil in order to achieve Biden’s emissions target by 2030. The average cost to install an electric heat pump, which is an all-in-one heating and cooling unit, is around $ 5,613, by numbers at home HomeAdvisor
Jobs: Biden says he’ll make millions, but Republicans argue it’ll destroy them
Biden says he can create millions of well-paying jobs in his plan, but many Republicans say it will actually hurt the economy.
Matt Coday, President of the Oil & Gas Workers Association, was among the critics.
“Biden is using buzzwords to justify his ‘transition’ from American jobs while foreign countries like China, Iran, Russia, Mexico, Venezuela and Iraq continue to operate and take America’s global market share,” he told DailyMail.com.
President Biden’s misguided policies will shatter small businesses, injure American workers, and harm all Americans.
“If we move away from American jobs while the rest of the world continues to produce, have we saved the planet or just killed American jobs?”
“The science is undeniable”: Biden and Kamala Harris promise to reduce US carbon emissions in the HALB by 2030 at a virtual climate summit with Putin, Xi Jinping and 38 other world leaders
Climate initiatives in Biden’s $ 2 trillion infrastructure plan
$ 85 billion to upgrade existing transit and help agencies expand their systems to meet driver demand
$ 174 billion for electric car development
$ 111 billion to replace lead pipes and utility lines and modernize drinking water and sewer systems
US $ 100 billion to protect nature-based infrastructure – land, forests, wetlands, water catchment areas, and coastal and marine resources; build an electrical system; Expansion of tax credits for the generation and storage of clean energy; clogging orphaned oil wells and mines; and redevelopment of superfund sites
$ 40 billion to improve America’s public housing infrastructure
$ 100 billion to modernize the power grid
$ 100 billion to modernize and build new public schools
$ 10 billion to modernize, sustain, and resilient federal buildings
Investing $ 35 billion in climate science
$ 10 billion for a new civilian climate corps
Biden’s new commitment, aligned with the summit, would cut fossil fuel emissions in America by up to 52 percent by 2030.
It comes after four years of international retreat from the subject under President Donald Trump, who mocked the science of climate change and pulled the US out of the landmark 2015 Paris Agreement.
‘The signs are unmistakable. The science is undeniable. The cost of inaction increases, ”Biden said.
‘This is a moral imperative, an economic imperative.
“Time is running out, but I think we can do it. And I believe we will. Thank you for being part of the summit. ‘
Biden’s government this week is outlining a vision of a prosperous, clean U.S. company where factories produce state-of-the-art batteries and electric cars for export, line workers rebuild an efficient national power grid, and crews close off abandoned oil and gas rigs and coal mines.
The Biden administration’s promise would require by far the most ambitious US climate effort ever, and nearly double the reductions the Obama administration committed to in the Paris Agreement.
But Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell dismissed the government’s plans as costly and ineffective.
“That’s quite a double punch,” McConnell said in a Senate speech on Thursday. “Toothless inquiries from our foreign opponents … and maximum pain for American citizens.”
The US emissions reductions are expected to come from power plants, automobiles, and other economic sectors across the economy.
Industry-specific goals will be set this year.
How Washington achieves its climate goals will be critical to cementing US credibility on global warming, amid international concerns that America’s commitment to a clean energy economy can shift dramatically from one administration to the next.
Biden’s recently launched $ 2.3 trillion infrastructure plan contains numerous measures that could deliver some of the emissions reductions needed this decade, including a clean energy standard to achieve net-zero energy emissions by 2035, and Measures to electrify the vehicle fleet.
However, the measures must be passed by Congress before they become a reality.
Biden’s $ 2.3 trillion infrastructure plan contains many elements that could help reduce emissions, including a clean energy standard to achieve net zero emissions in the energy sector by 2035 and money to electrify the vehicle fleet.
In his remarks, Biden argued that action now would make the world a success, protect livelihoods around the world, and keep global warming to a maximum of 1.5 degrees Celsius. We have to go now to do that. ‘
“If we do that, we will literally and figuratively breathe easier,” he said. “We will create good jobs for millions of Americans here at home and lay a strong foundation for future growth.”
Biden has included a number of climate protection initiatives in its infrastructure plan, including $ 85 billion to modernize public transportation, $ 174 billion to build more electric cars, $ 100 billion to expand the power grid, and $ 10 billion Dollars for “Civilian Climate Cops”.
Opening speech by President Biden at his climate summit
Good morning to all of our colleagues around the world – the world leaders attending this summit. I thank you. You know your leadership on this issue is a declaration to the people of your nation and to the people of every nation, especially our young people, that we are ready to face this moment. And hitting this moment means more than just saving our planet. It’s also about giving us all a better future.
That’s why I think when people talk about the climate, they talk about jobs. There is an extraordinary engine for job creation and economic opportunity in our climate response that is ready to be fueled. It is for this reason that I have proposed a huge investment in American infrastructure and innovation to capitalize on the economic opportunities climate change offers our workers and our communities, especially those who have too often – left out and left behind.
I want to build a critical infrastructure for the production and deployment of clean technologies – I want to build this – both those that we can use today and those that we will invent tomorrow.
I’ve spoken to the experts and see the potential for a more successful and fairer future. The signs are unmistakable. The science is undeniable. But the cost of inaction is – keeps rising.
The US is not waiting. We resolve to take action not only against our federal government, but also against our cities and states across the country. small business, large business, large business; American workers in all fields.
I see an opportunity to create millions of well-paid, civil union jobs.
I see line workers laying thousands of kilometers of transmission lines for a clean, modern and resilient network.
I see workers plugging hundreds of thousands of abandoned oil and gas wells that need cleaning and abandoned coal mines that need to be reclaimed to stop the methane leaks and protect the health of our communities.
I see auto workers building the next generation of electric vehicles and electricians installing 500,000 charging stations along our highways nationwide.
I see engines – the engineers and construction workers are building new carbon capture and green hydrogen facilities to forge cleaner steel and cement and generate clean electricity.
I see farmers using cutting edge tools to make the soil of our heartland the next frontier for carbon innovation.
By sustaining these investments and getting these people to work, the United States is on a path to halving greenhouse gases by the end of this decade. That is where we are traveling as a nation, and we can do that if we take action to build an economy that is not only more prosperous, but also healthier, fairer and cleaner for the entire planet.
You know, these moves will get America on a path to a net zero emissions economy by 2050 at the latest. But the truth is that America accounts for less than 15 percent of global emissions. No nation can solve this crisis on its own, as I know you all fully understand. All of us, all of us – and especially those of us who represent the world’s largest economies – need to be strengthened.
They know those who take action and make bold investments in their people and in the clean energy future will win tomorrow’s good jobs and make their economies more resilient and competitive.
So let’s run this race; win more – win a more sustainable future than now; overcome the existential crisis of our time. We know how important this is because scientists tell us this is the crucial decade. This is the decade in which we must make decisions to avoid the worst effects of a climate crisis. We have to try to maintain the temperature of the earth and – up to an increase of – 1.5 degrees Celsius.
You know, the world beyond 1.5 degrees means more frequent and more intense fires, floods, droughts, heat waves and hurricanes that sweep through communities, ripping away life and livelihoods and increasingly affecting our public health.
It’s undeniable and inexplicable – you know, the idea of acceleration and the reality that will come when we don’t move. We cannot come to terms with this future. We all have to act.
And this summit is our first step on the path that we will travel together – God willing, all of us – in November to and through Glasgow and to the UN climate conference – the climate conference. to put our world on a path to a safe, successful and sustainable future. The health of communities around the world depends on it. The wellbeing of our employees depends on it. The strength of our economies depends on it.
The countries that act now decisively to create the industries of the future will be the ones to reap the economic benefits of the coming clean energy boom.
You know we are here at this summit to discuss how each of us, every country, can raise climate change ambitions, which in turn will create well-paid jobs, advance innovative technologies and help vulnerable countries adapt to climate impacts.
We have to move. We must act quickly to meet these challenges. The steps our countries are taking towards Glasgow will put the world on the road to success to protect livelihoods around the world and keep global warming to a maximum of 1.5 degrees Celsius. We have to go now to do that.
When we do this, we will literally and figuratively be able to breathe easier. We’re going to create good jobs for millions of Americans here at home. and lay a strong foundation for future growth. And – and that – that can also be your goal. This is a moral imperative, an economic imperative, a moment of danger, but also a moment of extraordinary opportunity.
Time is short, but I think we can do it. And I believe that we will.
Thank you for being part of the summit. Thank you for the communities you have made – and the commitments you have made, the communities you are from. God bless you all.
And I look forward to the progress that we can make together today and beyond. We really don’t have a choice. We have to do it.