At the start of the Climate Leaders’ Summit hosted by US President Joe Biden on April 22, he pledged to cut US emissions by 50% by 2030 from 2005 levels, with the aim to reach zero emissions by 2050. This is the most ambitious climate goal yet by an American leader. What else has he pledged and how does it stack up?

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About the plan, Biden said, “Those that do take action and make bold investments in their people in a clean energy future will win the good jobs of tomorrow and make their economies more resilient and more competitive. So let’s run that race,” he said, adding later “this is a moral imperative, an economic imperative. A moment of peril but also a moment of extraordinary possibilities.”

Mohamed Adow, director of think tank Power Shift Africa, says, “The plan laid out by President Biden is hugely welcome and shows the kind of ambition we need to see from rich, polluting nations. “But truth must be told. It still falls short of what is needed from the biggest historical emitter and wealthiest country.”

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