Interactive: A 100 Percent Clean Future

Source: By John Podesta, Christy Goldfuss, Trevor Higgins, Bidisha Bhattacharyya, Alan Yu, and Kristina Costa, Center for American Progress • Posted: Thursday, October 10, 2019

See also:Report: A 100 Percent Clean Future

See also:Fact Sheet: A 100 Percent Clean Future

The United States can and must build a 100 Percent Clean Future that delivers on the goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions economywide by 2050 and net-negative emissions thereafter in order to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels.

In its recent report, the Center for American Progress presented a framework for climate change mitigation that prescribes strong economywide greenhouse gas emission targets broken down into sector-by-sector benchmarks, each supported by a wide range of complementary policies. These six sector-specific benchmarks are enough to achieve roughly 90 percent of the emission reductions required by 2030 and 2050.

This vision for a 100 Percent Clean Future is centered on pollution-free energy, widespread prosperity, and stable global temperatures. By 2050, millions of Americans workers will be in high-quality jobs, driving the clean energy economy. Homes, schools, and playgrounds in every community, especially those that have historically suffered from pollution, will get the healthy air, clean water, and stable climate that they deserve.

In the full report, the Center for American Progress outlines not only the policies that are needed to cut greenhouse gas emissions but also the coalitions and principles that will make them a reality—as well as the strategies that will spur the rest of the world to follow along. Click here to read the full report, along with a discussion of the methodology for these estimates. Click here to read a short fact sheet summarizing the report.