US committed to reducing net greenhouse gas emissions

In this photo taken Friday, July 8, 2011, smoke bellows from a chimney stack at BlueScope Steel's steelworks at Port Kembla, south of Sydney, Australia. Australia will force its 500 worst polluters to pay 23 Australian dollars ($25) for every ton of carbon dioxide they emit, with the government promising to compensate households hit with higher power bills under a plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions unveiled Sunday, July 10, 2011 (AP / Rob Griffith)

AP / Rob Griffith

At an event in Lautoka this week, the US ambassador for Fiji, , Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga and Tuvalu, Judith Beth Cefkin said that the US was committed to reducing its net greenhouse gas emissions by 80 per cent by the year 2025.

To make this ambitious goal achievable by 2025, the country has proposed a formal submission to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. If US follow the pace of the new target, the carbon pollution reductions in the country will roughly double up in the five years from 2020 to 2025 as compared to the 15 years range between 2005 to 2020. This will ensure that US is on the right path to achieving 80 per cent reductions by the year 2025.

Cefkin said the right path includes constricting carbon pollution standards for power plants, increasing fuel economy standards for motorized vehicles, appliances and other equipment and by providing aid for effective use of clean energy technologies.

Ms Cefkin emphasized her point by mentioning the impact of climate change on Fijian islands where ocean acidification, rising sea levels, and the intensification of cyclones and storms have damaged coral reefs and reduced the population of native plants and animals.

 

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