On Thursday, April 22, President Joe Biden opened the White House-hosted climate change summit with a controversial speech calling for compliance with the criticized left-wing environmental agenda. Among his opening remarks, he pledged that the United States would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent from 2005 levels by 2030.
The first climate change summit organized by the White House began on Thursday, after former President Trump withdrew from the Paris Agreement, denouncing unfulfillable demands that could severely affect the U.S. and Western economies while allowing the unrestricted growth of other competitors such as China.
To the surprise of several, Biden committed the U.S. to an extreme goal, which, if actually met, will require radical changes in the U.S. energy and transportation sectors, which could cause an unprecedented deep economic crisis in both the U.S. and its economic partner countries.
Biden’s promise is even more profound by 2050: “These steps will set America on a path of a net-zero emissions economy by no later than 2050.”
The White House’s controversial goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 50% to 52%, from a baseline of 2005 emissions, is nearly double the target set by the Obama administration in 2015.
An administration official told USAToday that there is no definite plan yet on what steps will be taken to meet such a goal.
“We see multiple pathways to reach this goal,” the official said ambiguously but noted that Biden pledged to make the U.S. electricity sector 100% carbon pollution-free by 2035.
The virtual summit aims to renew U.S. leadership on climate change and rally other world leaders to set their own ambitious goals, after four years in which the Trump administration worked to undo U.S. environmental commitments that were destined to drive the country into an abyss.
President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the climate pact and chose a different path to sustainability. Emissions fell during Trump’s time in office, but leftists following the 2030 agenda argued that the decline was not large enough and had been pushing Biden to take more drastic action.
In line with environmentalists, Biden had the U.S. rejoin the Paris agreement on his first day in office and since that time has said he wants the country to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.
Another of the Biden administration’s environmentalist follies aims to grant immigration and citizenship rights to many so-called “climate migrants,” who come to the United States claiming they are being displaced by climate change.
As AP News reported this week, “No nation offers asylum or other legal protections to people displaced specifically by climate change. President Joe Biden’s administration is studying the idea and climate migration is expected to be discussed at its first climate summit, which takes place virtually Thursday and Friday.”
Referring to the “climate crisis” earlier this week, Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated that climate changes are fueling the surge of migrants from Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras that currently caused the collapse of resources and immigration at the U.S. southern border with Mexico.
Biden’s climate change agenda will encounter obstacles within the United States. Republicans and conservatives vowed to fight his proposals to shift the traditional U.S. energy sector from coal and other fossil fuels in favor of renewables.
Sen. John Barrasso, R- Wyo., slammed Biden’s plan and said it would put the U.S. at a disadvantage.
“President Biden is unilaterally committing America to a drastic and damaging emissions pledge,” Barrasso said in a statement Thursday. “As the president sets punishing targets for the country, America’s adversaries like China and Russia continue to increase emissions at will. The last thing the economy needs is higher energy prices and fewer jobs, but that’s exactly what we’re going to get.”