The carbon emissions reductions proposed in the climate bill are certainly reasonable. In this legislation the stated goals are 17% reduction from 2005 levels by 2020 and 83% reduction by 2050. Even more optimistic estimates place the goal of 100% carbon neutral by 2050 as a possibility that is attainable, although with challenges to overcome.
The idea of “realistic goals” is at the center of the next global warming summit in Copenhagen this December. Setting higher, harder to achieve goals is being frowned upon by some of the leaders, such as dropping emissions in larger countries (Like the U.S., the world’s second biggest CO2 contributor) 25-40% by 2020. They would much rather see a more realistic goal, like the desired drop to CO2 levels in 1990 (which would require only a 14% drop in emissions from today) become achieved.
To actually ACHIEVE the goals being set is key, as it will prove to more struggling, undeveloped nations that it is possible to become greener without damaging the economy.
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