Has the Us Met the Paris Agreement
The Paris Agreement was signed in 2015 with the aim of limiting global temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. It was a landmark agreement, as it was signed by 196 countries, making it a truly global effort to combat climate change. The United States, being one of the largest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions, was also a signatory to the agreement.
However, in June 2017, US President Donald Trump announced that the US would withdraw from the Paris Agreement. This decision was met with widespread criticism and concern from both within the US and around the world. Despite this setback, some states, cities, and companies in the US have continued to work towards meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement.
One of the key ways in which countries can meet the goals of the Paris Agreement is by reducing their carbon emissions. The US is currently the second-largest emitter of greenhouse gases in the world after China. In 2019, it emitted an estimated 5.41 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e).
According to a report by the Rhodium Group, the US is not on track to meet its target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 26% below 2005 levels by 2025, as outlined in the Paris Agreement. The report found that US emissions actually increased in 2019, and although they are projected to decrease slightly in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they are expected to rebound in 2021.
However, there are still efforts being made by some states, cities, and companies in the US to reduce their carbon emissions. California, for example, has set a target of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 40% below 1990 levels by 2030. In addition, several major US companies, such as Walmart, Apple, and Google, have committed to using 100% renewable energy in their operations.
In conclusion, while the US as a whole may not be on track to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement, there are still efforts being made by some states, cities, and companies to reduce their carbon emissions. It remains to be seen what impact these efforts will have on the US`s overall contribution to global greenhouse gas emissions.