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US Emissions Goal: 2025 Target Will Be Missed at This Rate, Study Says

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A new study says the U.S. will miss its emissions goal for 2025 if changes aren't made now. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 27 Sep 2016 03:22 PM

A new study shows the U.S. will not meet its goals for cutting emissions under the Paris Agreement with only the policies currently in place, but will require new, stricter policies if it hopes to keep its agreement with the world.

The study, published Monday in Nature Climate Change, estimated the U.S. will miss its target by as much as 1.5 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide every year until 2025. The agreement aims to cut greenhouse gases 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025.

Current laws will only get the United States 15 percent to 39 percent of the way to the reduction goal, USA Today reported.

President Barack Obama has proposed the Clean Power Plan to cut emissions from coal power plants and other sources, but the plan is being challenged by 28 states and many other companies and industry groups in the courts.

Lead study author Jeffrey Greenblatt recognized the challenges of reducing emissions: “It’s true that other nations collectively emit much more than the U.S., but we are one of the world’s biggest emitters, right behind China,” he told USA Today. “Our efforts to reduce emissions can motivate other countries to set similarly ambitious targets.”

Besides the Clean Power Plan, the government could add more electricity regulations and could work to stop methane leaks from pipelines and gas drilling. Even these measures might not be enough to reduce emissions enough to meet the goal, however.

Greenblatt argued in Science magazine that taking any steps toward reduced emissions is a step in the right direction. “If the U.S. fell a little short of their goal, I don’t think people would roundly criticize them,” he said.

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