A new study found that adopting a clean energy standard in US President Biden’s energy plan is the most effective tool to significantly reduce carbon emissions and reach 80% renewable energy by 2030. A forcible increase of renewable energy through incentives and penalties potentially saves  317,000 lives in the US from air pollution.

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“The costs are much lower than we expected and the deaths avoided are much higher; there really is a huge opportunity here to address climate change and air quality,” said Kathy Fallon Lambert, one of the study’s co-author and an air quality expert at Harvard. 

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