By RICHARD LEE/Washington Post WriterThis story was originally published March 6, 2020, and is reprinted here with permission.
A year ago, President Donald Trump declared climate change a national emergency.
The United States has pledged to reduce carbon emissions by 26 percent by 2025.
But there are some obstacles to achieving that goal.
Climate change can be hard to predict.
In the United States, we’re facing some of the harshest weather in living memory.
The nation’s temperature is expected to rise by more than 6 degrees Fahrenheit by 2100.
The American Civil Liberties Union says the Trump administration’s new National Climate Assessment, published earlier this month, doesn’t make the case for curbing carbon emissions.
The assessment said the United Nations climate agreement “may not be sufficient to limit global temperature increases to 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.”
The assessment said, “Global emissions of carbon dioxide are projected to peak in 2050 and then decline for a number of years to the mid-2040s, due to a combination of technological and economic changes.”
The Trump administration also has pledged new restrictions on methane emissions from oil and gas operations, including new regulations on methane pipelines and fracking.
The administration has called for reducing emissions from the coal industry and said it would reduce methane emissions by 40 percent by 2040.
Environmental groups say those emissions are a problem, and that the new National Energy Policy Act, signed by Trump on March 4, will exacerbate them.
It calls for a reduction in the U.S. coal industry’s emissions of greenhouse gases by 42 percent from 2005 levels by 2045, and by 36 percent by 2050.
It also calls for the U:a1,550 billion to the U;a1 trillion to the federal budget over 10 years to fund energy efficiency programs and other efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
A new report by the American Association for the Advancement of Science found that the U.;s emissions have already surpassed the 2 degrees of warming needed to trigger a 2-degree Celsius rise in global temperatures.
The group said in a report that the United Kingdom has already achieved 2 degrees.
The group said the U.’s 2-Celsius goal would likely require “a significant increase in U. S. energy use, especially from renewables.”
The United States also has significant carbon emissions from burning fossil fuels.
It has the third-highest coal use in the world behind China and the United Arab Emirates.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) says the U1,650 billion in annual federal funding allocated to states for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects would help states meet the 2-degrees goal, while also reducing emissions.
But the agency says the amount allocated to renewable energy alone would not meet that goal unless states also increase their use of other sources of renewable energy, including wind, solar and biomass.