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The United States’ Climate Fight

The Paris Agreement is a multi-organizational interdependent legally binding treaty that its goal is to limit global warming well below 2 degrees Celsius. Global warming is defined as the warming of earth caused by the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere from the burning of fossil fuels and deforestation. Human activity is causing a change in the earth temperature and the Paris Agreement is one of the many ways humans are trying to combat it. The United States joined the agreement in 2016 when the then President Barack Obama signed an executive order. Th U.S plans back in 2015, was to set the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 26% to 28% by 2025. The Obama administration also enacted carbon-cutting measures to put the country on track to meet the goals set in Paris. In 2017, President Trump announced he would withdraw from the Paris agreement because he believed the 2015 pact imposed wildly unfair environmental standards on American businesses and workers. 

As of 2020, the newly elected president Joe Biden has now reinstated the United States into the Paris Agreement. President Biden’s new climate goal is to cut the nation’s planet-warming emissions at least 50 percent below 2005 levels by the year 2030. The United States being the top emitter of the greenhouse gasses along with China, want to make a change and make the world better. Moreover, another goal is to expand the automotive industry and rapidly shift to electric vehicles. The switch could mean the halt of oil demands and the use of solar and wind power would lead to cleaner air. The United States is trying to do it part in the fight against climate change. The switch from fossil fuels to solar energy is the beginning of the fight against climate change.  

Picture link 

https://www.nrdc.org/stories/global-warming-101

Resources  

https://unfccc.int/process-and-meetings/the-paris-agreement/the-paris-agreement
https://www.nrdc.org/stories/global-warming-101#warming
https://www.businessinsider.com/what-did-us-agree-to-paris-climate-deal-2017-5

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