Clean Energy Transition

November 12, 2021 • Volume 31, Issue 40
Is Biden's aggressive agenda feasible?
By Reed Karaim

Introduction

President Biden has outlined an ambitious agenda to transform the United States from a country that depends significantly on fossil fuels, such as coal, oil and gas, to one that operates almost completely on clean, largely renewable energy. The effort is in response to the scientific consensus that climate change is having a damaging impact on the United States and the world. Biden's plan would cut greenhouse gas emissions, which are raising the planet's average temperature and sea levels and contributing to severe weather. The goal is to reach net-zero U.S. emissions by no later than 2050. Supporters of Biden's agenda say it is technologically feasible, economically beneficial and essential to staving off an environmental disaster. But critics say Biden's aggressive timeline to make changes in everything from power generation to the cars Americans drive will cost trillions of dollars, cause severe economic disruption and job losses and overstates the severity of climate change.

Photo of President Biden speaking about climate change in Glasgow, Scotland, on November 2, 2021. (Getty Images/Jeff J. Mitchell)
President Biden warns of the threat posed by climate change in remarks at the U.N. climate talks in Glasgow, Scotland. While the U.S. has committed to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, skeptics argue that meeting such a target would plunge the country into an economic tailspin. (Getty Images/Jeff J. Mitchell)
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