The next steps in the fight against climate change after the budget bill
Author: Ben Adler
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has calculated that in order to avert catastrophic climate change by staying below 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) of warming, global carbon emissions must be cut in half by 2030. Other nations have made it clear in climate negotiations that the United States - the world’s biggest historical emitter and one of the largest emitters per capita - must do its part if it is to persuade all of them to do theirs. “There is more needed: We’re not done after the IRA,” Anand Gopal, executive director of the think tank Energy Innovation, which produced an analysis that estimated the IRA alone would achieve between a 37% and 41% emissions cut by 2030, told Yahoo News. The IRA seeks to trim climate pollution through a variety of means, the largest of which is subsidies for the manufacture and purchase of clean energy and electric vehicles.