QOTD: Change the World's Climate by 2030 or Just Talk About It?

Jason R. Sakurai
by Jason R. Sakurai
qotd change the world s climate by 2030 or just talk about it

The world’s climate has been centerstage the last two days. President Biden and other world leaders have vowed to reduce global warming by making drastic changes. Will they follow through?

At the 2015 Paris climate accord, then-President Obama set greenhouse gas reduction at half what Biden has proposed. Former President Trump, Obama’s successor, did little to forward this, but is it realistic for Biden, who served as Obama’s vice president, to double down on Obama’s goal in a relatively short time frame?

We noted that a 52 percent reduction in emissions is Biden’s goal. Canada committed to a 40 percent reduction in emissions from 2005 levels by 2030. Japan is aiming for a 50 percent cut from 2013 levels by the end of the decade. Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro said he would end illegal deforestation in his country by 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. Bolsonaro had previously criticized protection of the country’s forests and threatened to withdraw from the Paris accord, but Brazil is now asking the Biden administration to provide $1 billion to pay for Amazon rainforest conservation.

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said his country will curb emissions by 46 percent by 2030. Japan had committed to a 26 percent reduction, a goal criticized as insufficient.

“Japan is ready to demonstrate its leadership for worldwide decarbonization,” said Suga. Like the U.S., Japan pledged to reach net-zero emissions by 2050.

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell dismissed Biden’s plan as costly and ineffective. Biden’s $2.3 trillion infrastructure bill includes up to $1 trillion in clean energy and climate change spending. This covers 500,000 electric-vehicle (EV) charging stations, solar and wind power expansion, and carbon pollution storage. $174 billion would go towards EVs and buses for children, commuters, and truckers. Another $50 billion would go to make the infrastructure more weather-resilient, plus $100 billion for a power grid update. Biden’s bill would add 2.7 million jobs, according to Moody’s Analytics.

Biden’s grand carbon emissions plan could be blocked should the infrastructure bill go unapproved. Still, Administration officials say regulations by the Environmental Protection Agency, Transportation Department, and other agencies could still effect change.

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  • Art Vandelay Art Vandelay on Apr 27, 2021

    Meh, this effects mainly the working poor that are trying to keep that 3800 Buick running. They overwhelmingly voted for Biden in spite of him saying this is exactly what he was going to do. On the plus side he seems to be putting some money into mass transit so they'll have to give up a little freedom, but should still be able to get to work via the bus. Again, this is what he said he'd do so there should be no grumbling about it.

    • 28-Cars-Later 28-Cars-Later on Apr 27, 2021

      Their voting habits are akin to the beatings will continue until morale improves. If they had any sense, they would organize via the [damn] cell phones and send a message that they will dump their votes to a third party until their lives are improved beyond crumbs. "money into mass transit" Pension bailouts.

  • Singlespeeds Singlespeeds on Apr 27, 2021

    i would take all ev's just to get rid of the noise from ICE. to many in the ICE fleet have been modified to make more noise. even some stock ICE are to loud.

  • Alan I do believe that traffic infringements penalties based on income will affect those who are financial able to flout safety regulations.When I drive above the posted speed limit I assess my situation using probability. If I'm confronted with a situation where time is of more value to me than speed I will speed if I assess the probability of a fine to be quite low. I can afford the fine, what I can't afford is the loss of points on my drivers licence.In Australia (12 points in QLD and all States have a point system) we have a points system attached to your drivers licence. An open drivers licence is granted 12 points every 3 years. So, if you receive an infringement for exceeding the speed limit it takes 3 years for the points to be removed. I generally get caught once every 2 years.I think a points system would be a fairer system over a system based on income. Its about retaining your licence and safety, not financial gain by the government.As you can see below it wouldn't take long for many US drivers to lose their drivers licence.[h2]Current penalties for individuals caught speeding[/h2]InfringementPenalty amountDemerit pointsLess than 11km/h over the speed limit$287. 1 pointAt least 11km/h but not more than 20km/h over the speed limit$431. 3 pointsMore than 20km/h but not more than 30km/h over the speed limit$646. 4 pointsMore than 30km/h but not more than 40km/h over the speed limit$1,078. 6 pointsMore than 40km/h over the speed limit$1,653. 8 points and 6 month suspension
  • Wjtinfwb Instead of raising fines, why don't the authorities enforce the laws and write tickets, and have judges enforce the penalty or sentence of a crime. I live across the street from an Elementary School on a 4-lane divided state highway. every morning the cop sits in his car and when someone sails through the School Zone well above the 10 mph limit, he merely hits his siren to get their attention but that's it. I've never, in 5 years, seen them get out of the car and actually stop and driver and confront them about speeding. As a result, no one pays attention and when the School Zone light is not lit, traffic flies by at 50-60 mph in the 45 zone. Almost no enforcement occurs until the inevitable crash, last year some zoned out girl rolled her beater Elantra 3 times. On a dry, straight, 4 lane road with a 45 mph limit. I'm no Angel and have a heavy foot myself. I've received my share of speeding tickets, lots of them when younger. Traffic enforcement in most locales has become a joke these days, jacking prices because someone has a higher income in as asinine as our stupid tax policy and non-existent immigration enforcement.
  • Jeff S If AM went away I would listen to FM but since it is insignificant in the cost to the car and in an emergency broadcast it is good to have. I agree with some of the others its another way to collect money with a subscription. AM is most likely to go away in the future but I will use AM as long as its around.
  • BEPLA I think it's cool the way it is.If I had the money, time and space - I'd buy it, clean it up, and just do enough to get it running properly.Then take it to Cars and Coffee and park it next to all the newer Mustangs.
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