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Europe vs. US Climate Policy: Abandoning Net Zero vs. Biden's Aggressive Approach

Europe vs. US Climate Policy: Abandoning Net Zero vs. Biden's Aggressive Approach

Europe Abandons Net Zero, Biden Holds On, But Why?

Europeans Abandon Net Zero

According to a report by The Wall Street Journal, European politicians are beginning to question the feasibility of net zero policies, while their American counterparts continue to hold onto it. One notable example is Humza Yousaf, the former first minister of Scotland, who recently resigned due to the impracticality of meeting the ambitious carbon emission reduction goals set by his administration.

Scotland's Climate Goals and Challenges

Scotland's government had aimed to significantly reduce carbon emissions, even planning to surpass the national government in London. However, the costs associated with these goals were substantial. A report from the U.K.'s Climate Change Committee highlighted that Scotland was lagging behind its climate targets. The government had intended to decrease the total distance driven by Scottish motorists by 20% compared to 2019 levels, but lacked a concrete plan to achieve this by the 2030 deadline. Furthermore, to meet the government's goal of transitioning to home electric heat pumps, Scotland would need to replace natural-gas fire boilers in over 80,000 households per year by the end of the decade. This seemed a daunting task given that only 6,000 boiler replacements were managed in 2023.

Scotland's Change in Climate Policy

Faced with these challenges, Yousaf's administration decided to abandon net zero. Instead, they announced a shift towards "carbon budgets" instead of firm annual emission-reduction targets. This decision led to a political fallout with the Green Party, which had been governing in coalition with Yousaf's Scottish National Party (SNP). This resulted in the collapse of Yousaf's administration and his subsequent resignation.

What About the US?

In contrast to Europe's shift, the U.S. under President Biden is moving towards more aggressive net zero policies. These include an electric-vehicle mandate and the allocation of trillions of dollars of government and household money into climate initiatives. This approach is largely driven by the Progressives, who control climate policy, regulations, student loans, abortion, and more. Biden's commitment to these policies, even at the risk of losing the election, suggests that he is unwilling to offend the Progressives.

Biden's Climate Policy and Global Poverty

However, this aggressive approach to climate change comes with its own set of challenges. It has been argued that these policies, even if successful, could lead to increased global poverty.

Final Thoughts

As we witness the contrasting approaches to climate change policy in Europe and the U.S., it begs the question: which approach is more sustainable in the long run? What are the potential impacts of these policies on the economy, society, and the environment? We invite you to share your thoughts on this matter and discuss it with your friends. Sign up for the Daily Briefing, delivered to your inbox every day at 6pm, to stay informed on this and other important topics.

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