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

Jason R. Sakurai
by Jason R. Sakurai

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.

[Image: Mercedes-Benz]

Jason R. Sakurai
Jason R. Sakurai

With a father who owned a dealership, I literally grew up in the business. After college, I worked for GM, Nissan and Mazda, writing articles for automotive enthusiast magazines as a side gig. I discovered you could make a living selling ad space at Four Wheeler magazine, before I moved on to selling TV for the National Hot Rod Association. After that, I started Roadhouse, a marketing, advertising and PR firm dedicated to the automotive, outdoor/apparel, and entertainment industries. Through the years, I continued writing, shooting, and editing. It keep things interesting.

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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.

  • JK I grew up with Dodge trucks in the US, and now live in Turin, Italy, the home of Fiat. I don't think Italians view this as an Italian company either. There are constant news articles and protests about how stalantis is moving operations out of Italy. Jeep is strangely popular here though. I think last time I looked at stelantis's numbers, Jeep was the only thing saving them from big big problems.
  • Bd2 Oh yeah, funny how Trumpers (much less the Orange Con, himself) are perfectly willing to throw away the Constitution...
  • Bd2 Geeze, Anal sure likes to spread his drivelA huge problem was Fisher and his wife - who overspent when they were flush with cash and repeatedly did things ad hoc and didn't listen to their employees (who had more experience when it came to auto manufacturing, engineering, etc).
  • Tassos My Colleague Mike B bought one of these (the 300 SEL, same champagne color) new around June 1990. I thought he paid $50k originally but recently he told me it was $62k. At that time my Accord 1990 Coupe LX cost new, all included, $15k. So today the same car means $150k for the S class and $35k-40k for the Accord. So those %0 or 62k , these were NOT worthless, Idiot Joe Biden devalued dollars, so he paid AN ARM AND A LEG. And he babied the car, he really loved it, despite its very weak I6 engine with a mere 177 HP and 188 LBFT, and kept it forever. By the time he asked me to drive it (to take him to the dealer because his worthless POS Buick Rainier "SUV" needed expensive repairs (yes, it was a cheap Buick but he had to shell out thousands), the car needed a lot of suspension work, it drove like an awful clunker. He ended up donating it after 30 years or so. THIS POS is no different, and much older. Its CHEAPSKATE owner should ALSO donate it to charity instead of trying to make a few measly bucks off its CARCASS. Pathetic!
  • RHD The re-paint looks like it was done with a four-inch paintbrush. As far as VWs go, it's a rebadged Seat... which is still kind of a VW, made in Mexico from a Complete Knock-Down kit. 28 years in Mexico being driven like a flogged mule while wearing that ridiculous rear spoiler is a tough life, but it has actually survived... It's unique (to us), weird, funky (very funky), and certainly not worth over five grand plus the headaches of trying to get it across the border and registered at the local DMV.