Research group rates US climate goals among leading nations

An independent research organization says the American goal to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent to 52 percent from 2005 levels puts the United States among the four most ambitious nations in curbing climate change, AP reports.

The Rhodium Group said early Friday that using the U.S.-preferred 2005 baseline, America is behind the United Kingdom but right with the European Union. It’s ahead of countries that include Canada, Japan, Iceland and Norway.

President Joe Biden announced the U.S. goal at the virtual climate summit on Thursday.

Different nations use different base years for their emission cuts so comparisons are difficult and can look different based on baseline years.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says the world needs to cut greenhouse gas emissions 45 percent below 2010 levels to limit warming to the strictest of the Paris agreement goals. Rhodium calculates the U.S. target translates to 49 percent below 2010 levels.

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