But will he listen?
There are no two ways about it: the world is slowly dying and humanity is, for the most part, forging ahead with no sign of slowing down. Carbon emissions in 2021 have jumped dramatically since pre-covid levels, and many key players simply aren't coming to the table. In an effort to curb emissions, motoring giants GM and Ford are now urging president Biden to halve US emissions by 2030. This comes after the state of California announced that new gas cars sales would no longer be welcome after 2035. Ford and GM are both hard at work on EV programs, and GM has promised 30 new electric vehicles by 2025, but will this be enough to reverse the damage?
GM and Ford, which currently manufacture electric cars such as the Chevrolet Bolt EV, and the Mustang Mach-E, have joined over 400 other businesses in a call to President Joe Biden to take action against the growing climate crisis. In an open letter penned to the president, the group called for US emissions to be cut in half by 2030. Biden will be hosting a virtual climate summit with various world leaders this week to announce a new plan under the guidance of the Paris climate agreement. The US rejoined the Paris climate agreement in February.
President Biden's strategy to align the US with the overwhelming global sentiment has drawn the ire of Republicans who believe the move will jeopardize jobs: "I have great skepticism when I hear this administration talk about giving the industry time to transition and giving workers clean energy jobs. Tell that to the Keystone XL pipeline workers." said Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W. Va last month. GM plans to go all-electric by 2035, and carbon neutral by 2040. Ford aims to go all-electric in Europe by 2030 and carbon neutral across the globe by 2050.