The Earth Bill will meet the USA Paris Commitments, reducing U.S. GHG emissions by an additional 40% by 2030, and 50% by 2050!
Experts from RegenIntel, previously with Project Drawdown, produced a report on GHG Reductions from the Earth Bill - with tremendous results!
Here are the highlights:
|Additional Reductions Core Provisions||40%|
|Nature-based Sequestration from Reg. Ag.||11%|
|Historic Reductions||17% since 2005|
|Total Emissions Reductions||74% by 2050 (62% by 2030)|
US Emissions: 5,668 MMT CO2eq. (2022), reduced to 2,494 MMT CO2eq (2030), and 1,735 MMT CO2eq (2050).
The USA Paris goal is to reduce annual emissions to 3.3 Gt CO2-eq by 2030. The Earth Bill would reduce emission to 2.49 Gt CO2-eq by 2030 (and 1.73 GT CO2-eq by 2050).
As of APRIL 2022, WE HAVE 7 YEARS, 3 MONTHS until our pollution levels lock in 1.5 degrees warming. We've known for 40 years but haven't acted. 2030 is the emergency timeline.
Between 1.5 and 2 degrees, disaster events called TIPPING POINTS ensue like ocean currents that stop flowing and the ice sheets that melt entirely. Tipping points then unleash irreversible domino effects that will "fundamentally disrupt the global climate system" - the foundation of human life.
We also don't know how long it'll take to transition.
To build 100% wind, solar, geothermal, tidal and wave. To upgrade transmission lines and put solar on millions of homes. To have electric car charging stations everywhere. To switch millions of farmland acres to healthy soil practices.
We don't know how fast we can stop our pollution.
So we need to get started with a deadline that matches the clock. And see how we do. If we miss the 2030 goal, we will know then. If we aim for later and miss that, it'll be too little too late. That's a timing gamble we can't afford. Not on this. We're already very late.
Time has run out. We must stop our pollution now. Every nation in the world must take this action. The future will not have these options, and will not be able to undo our damage due to our failure to act when we knew and had time to prevent the worst. Now is that time.
(Check out Climate TRACE for specific sources of GHG emissions).
RENEWABLE ELECTRICITY is cheaper already and is a foundational solution for other sectors, but we must get to 100% faster!
ZERO-EMISSION VEHICLES are here, and are cheaper to operate and last longer! It's already happening, and The Earth Bill provides the deadlines, tax incentives and grants to speed it up!
REGENERATIVE AGRICULTURE uses nature's processes, protects our soil, water & food, helps farmers with lower costs, treats animals humanely, and reduces GHG emissions. The Earth Bill covers about 1.19 billion areas of land managed by publicly-traded companies!
The recent climate actions by Congress provide vital seed funding for materials and supply chains, clean infrastructure (like EV charging stations), corporate tax cuts for building clean energy, and consumer incentives for electric cars and appliances - which will all inspire great voluntary action. But they don't stop pollution directly or require a transition by the corporations at the production level - at the source - on a timeline.
Moreover, the projected GHG reductions (7-10% for the Inflation Reduction Act) depend on variables like the economy and uptake by consumers and companies, at their discretion. Regarding the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill, with various clean infrastructure benefits, there are no emission projections of the GHG impacts from building roads and bridges, using concrete and steel, although there are clean-procurement requirements via Executive Orders in play too.
This is all very important progress (see White House Clean Energy and IRA Guidebook). But it is not a direct plan for a certain transition away from fossil fuels, and it is not enforceable in any way. We need clear and certain laws that require industries to stop polluting. We've run out of time to kick this further down the road for political reasons. We need pollution reduction requirements on a definite timeline, or we're flying blind. It's time for a real plan - in law - so we can honestly tell our children we are fighting to save their future. For the activists fighting today - the Earth BIll is for you to know that we are trying in earnest to win real solutions. Pollution prevention is the best solution. You are our best hope. Please give some of your time for Earth.
U.N. Secretary General, COP27 (Nov. 2022)
This UN Climate Conference is a reminder that the answer is in our hands. And the clock is ticking. We are in the fight of our lives. And we are losing. Greenhouse gas emissions keep growing. Global temperatures keep rising. And our planet is fast approaching tipping points that will make climate chaos irreversible. We are on a highway to climate hell with our foot still on the accelerator.