Countries Backing Away From Emission Cuts: Scientific American + Comment

I pulled out the key section of this depressing story:

According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the world needs to cut global emissions 45 percent below 2010 levels by 2030 to keep temperatures from exceeding 1.5 C. Many of the world’s major economies, including the United States, have set national targets that are consistent with that benchmark.

Kerry suggested at the close of November’s COP 26 climate conference that the U.S. would not submit a new target.

“You don’t automatically have to come back with a new NDC,” he said when asked about U.S. plans. “You have to review it, and ‘as necessary’ you make a judgment about it.”

But legislation that is central to the U.S. meeting its goal of halving emissions by 2030 has collapsed.

Australia and Canada are also unlikely to put forward new NDCs. And with natural gas and oil prices rising, as well as tensions between Russia and Ukraine, many countries are trying to balance their climate goals with energy security.

At a meeting last week of the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate, a grouping of the world’s largest polluters, Kerry asked countries what they were doing to achieve the commitments they agreed to in Glasgow, and urged those whose targets are not in line with the 1.5-C goal to strengthen them.

CarrZee comment: So the USA, most to blame for the climate crisis, still wants others to move first? I find this so confusing.

John Kerry

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