The fate of the imperiled Build Back Better bill in Congress will have major consequences for America’s ability to tackle climate change, researchers have estimated. If the bill passes in something like its current form, with hundreds of billions of dollars for clean energy, the United States could get within striking distance of President Biden’s goal to cut the country’s planet-warming emissions in half by 2030. That could bolster global efforts to stave off a drastic rise in temperatures. But if the bill dies, it could prove extremely difficult, if not impossible, for the United States to meet those aggressive climate targets.
By Brad Plumer and Nadja Popovich. New York Times. Dec. 21, 2021.
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