The U.S. Needs Additional Policies to Meet Its 2025 Climate Goals

Takeaway: the U.S. needs to pass stronger policies to meet its climate goals.
  • A 2016 paper shows that by 2025, the U.S. is projected to reduce overall greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 22% below 2005 levels (factoring in all foreseeable policies), falling short of its reduction goal of 26-28%.

  • This projection factors in foreseeable upcoming policies such as regulations on heavy-duty vehicle fuel efficiency, existing power plants (the Clean Power Plan), methane emissions from the oil and gas sector, and refrigerants.

  • In order to bridge the 4-6% gap, the U.S. must pass additional policies to reduce GHG emissions.