|Posted by JJ The Psychotherapist on April 23, 2021 at 11:35 PM|
President Joe Biden's ambitious plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50 to 52 percent over the next decade could result in significant changes in how Americans eat, drive, and heat their homes.
At the start of a two-day climate summit on Thursday, Biden announced a goal of halving emissions by 2030 compared to 2005 levels. He promised that the plan, which would put the US on a zero-emissions economy by 2050, would create jobs and boost the economy.
However, he has yet to provide any specifics on how such a plan will affect ordinary Americans' daily lives. He hasn't even mentioned a price for reducing emissions.
Republicans and industry experts immediately slammed the plan, claiming that it isn't long-term sustainable, will jeopardize jobs, and will result in tax increases for Americans.
While Biden hasn't given specifics on what life might be like for Americans in 2030, experts and recent studies have laid out what needs to change by then.
Americans may need to reduce their consumption of red meat by 90% and reduce their consumption of other animal-based foods by half.
According to a study by Michigan University's Center for Sustainable Systems, making those changes gradually by 2030 could reduce diet-related greenhouse gas emissions by 50%.To achieve this, Americans would need to consume only about four pounds of red meat per year, or 0.18 ounces per day.It works out to about one average-sized burger per month.
According to studies, more than half of new cars purchased in the United States will need to be electric within the next decade.
Cleaning up transportation, according to the University of Maryland's School of Public Policy, would account for about a quarter of Biden's goal.
It would require electric vehicles to account for more than 65 percent of new car and SUV sales and 10% of new truck sales. Electric cars currently account for about 2% of new passenger vehicle sales. A new electric vehicle costs around $55,000 on average.
To meet Biden's 2030 emissions target, nearly 25% of homes would need to be heated with electricity rather than natural gas or oil.
According to figures from HomeAdvisor, the average cost of installing an electric heat pump, which is an all-in-one heating and cooling unit, is $5,613.
Industry leaders believe that, while no cost estimates have been released, Biden's climate plan could end up costing American taxpayers trillions of dollars.
Biden's plan, according to David Williams, president of the Taxpayers Protection Alliance, is nothing more than a "multi-trillion dollar corporate welfare giveaway."
'Strict climate mandates/targets will disproportionately harm lower and middle-income citizens by forcing them to pay higher electricity bills,' he said.
Explained to the OC Register, the plan will cost taxpayers about $3,500 per year, according to Bjorn Lomborg, a visiting fellow at Stanford University. 'This cost will significantly increase,' he predicted.
'While more than two-thirds of the US population finds that climate is a crisis or major problem, less than half are willing to spend even $24 a year to fight it, according to a 2019 survey by The Washington Post and the Kaiser Family Foundation.'
Biden claims that his plan will create millions of well-paying jobs, but many Republicans believe it will harm the economy.
The president of the Oil & Gas Workers Association, Matt Coday, was one of the critics.
'Biden is using buzzwords to justify his 'transition away' from American jobs while foreign countries like China, Iran, Russia, Mexico, Venezuela, and Iraq keep working and take over America's global market share,' he told DailyMail.com.
'President Biden's misguided policies will crush small businesses, hurt American workers, and harm all Americans.
'If we 'transition away' from American jobs while foreign countries keep producing, did we 'save the planet' or just kill American jobs?'